Houston Treasures for 2014
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Bill White is the Houston chairman of Lazard, an international banking and advisory firm. He served as Houston’s mayor from 2004 to 2009, when he was twice re-elected with an average margin of 88 percent. As mayor, Bill cut crime rates and tax rates; undertook the first reform of public employee pensions in any big city; and initiated nationally recognized programs to promote new parks, improve energy efficiency and clean the air.
Previously he served as CEO of the WEDGE Group, an energy and real estate firm, and Deputy Secretary of Energy of the United States. As the chief operating officer of the nation’s energy department he worked effectively to diversify world oil supplies.
Bill has served on five public company boards and the boards of numerous non-profit organizations. He is a nationally recognized energy expert.
Andrea and Bill knew each other in law school. They married in 1985 a few years after she had become a partner at the Houston law firm of Locke, Liddell & Sapp.
Since Andrea has left the practice of law, she has pursued her dream of writing and has published four books of historical fiction. Written for middle school students, Surviving Antarctica tells the story of the Robert F. Scott expedition to the South Pole; Window Boy weaves the extraordinary life of Winston Churchill into a 1950’s setting; and Radiant Girl focuses on the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Her books have won numerous awards, including the Golden Spur award and the Spirit of Texas award.
Andrea is a founding member of the board of Houston A+ Challenge, an organization that supports public school reform. The Whites have three grown children.