- Associated Press - Sunday, January 3, 2016

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston officially has a new mayor with Sylvester Turner taking the oath of office.

A public inauguration is set for Monday but legal requirements mandate Houston’s mayor be sworn in Jan. 2, so Turner took over on Saturday with a private ceremony.

Turner comes to City Hall in Texas’ largest city after serving in the Texas House since 1988. He resigned from that post effective Friday.

He won a runoff last month against businessman Bill King to succeed Annise Parker, who was term limited after six years in office.

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