Betsy Price (Mayor)
Betsy Price, a Fort Worth native, was elected in 2011 as the 44th mayor of the City of Fort Worth. In 2017, Price was re-elected for her fourth two-year term. As the 16th largest city in the U.S., Fort Worth remains one of the fastest growing large cities in the country.
Along with her focus on promoting jobs, strengthening education, fighting crime and improving mobility, Price has made significant strides along the path toward her vision of a healthy, engaged and fiscally responsible city.
A Healthy Community
Instead of sitting in cars, on the couch or in the office, Price believes in a community that naturally promotes physical activity throughout the day.
During her first term, Price led a community effort to build a city that’s more fit, happy and productive. The result was FitWorth, a citywide initiative focused on promoting active lifestyles and healthy habits in both kids and adults. With an initial $250,000 grant from Oncor, FitWorth is working to stem the rising tide of obesity, especially in children. Thanks to FitWorth, employers, schools, hospitals, faith communities, non-profits and retailers are energized and actively promoting a more healthy and sustainable city.
Building a healthy community is much more than promoting exercise and good nutrition. It’s also about designing a city that gives residents the opportunity to leave the car at home, opting for alternate modes of transportation. Under her leadership, Fort Worth has become a foremost cycling community, adding miles of new bike lanes and trails. Promoting pedestrian-friendly urban villages has also remained a staple of Price’s vision for rebuilding the city’s urban core. Moreover, she continues to push her long-term goal of linking neighborhoods and job centers with a comprehensive and convenient commuter rail system.
An Engaged Public
As Price likes to say, “It’s Your Fort Worth.” She understands a city is nothing without an active and engaged citizenry. Shortly after being elected as mayor, Price made quick work of starting a movement to get young people more involved in driving local public policy. The response to her call to young adults was overwhelming. Within a matter of months, citizens under the age of 40 from across the city came together, set a charge and dubbed themselves SteerFW. The organization has grown to more than 300-strong, with various task forces tackling some of the cities toughest challenges.
Thanks to today’s hectic and busy society, getting citizens—both young and old—involved in charting the course for their city requires more creative approaches to the typical town hall meeting. With that in mind, Price found several ways to promote grassroots government. Most notably, her Walking and Rolling Town Halls have broken the mold of that tired town hall meeting with a casual—and healthy—way for citizens to connect with city leaders. Price also understands the power of the Internet to bring communities together to seize opportunities and address challenges. In 2013, Price led the charge to launch YourFortWorth.org, the city’s first 24/7 online public forum allowing citizens to share and vote on new ideas to improve their city.
A Fiscally Responsible City
A strong fiscal conservative, Price applied the skills she garnered as a business owner and from a decade of service as Tarrant County’s Tax Assessor to tightening the city’s belt. With a close eye on the bottom line, Price has been a consistent champion of using responsible and sustainable budget cuts to balance the city’s $1.2 billion budget. Additionally, Price and the City Council made bold changes to the city’s pension plan in 2012 to protect taxpayers and stabilize the fund for current and future retirees.
Price also believes in the power of doing public good with private investment. Putting to good use her decades of experience building personal and professional bridges, Price matched generous benefactors with community needs to help the city with everything from health and fitness, to public engagement, to public pools, to animal adoptions and more.
Price graduated from Arlington Heights High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. Since then, she has been an active mother and a leader in the Fort Worth community, serving on numerous boards, commissions and professional associations.
After running her own successful business for 17 years, Price turned to public service, and was elected in 2000 to serve as Tarrant County’s Tax Assessor where she quickly made her department one of the most efficient in Texas, saving taxpayers millions of dollars.
She has been married to Tom, an insurance agent, for more than 40 years and has three adult children, Kathryn, Phillip and Paul. In her spare time, Price is an avid cyclist and enjoys spending quality time with her four grandchildren.
- Betsy Price: 7/12/2011 to present
- Mike Moncrief: 5/20/2003 to 7/12/2011
- Kenneth Barr: 5/21/1996 to 5/20/2003
- Jewel Woods (acting mayor): 12/20/1995 to 5/20/1996
- Kay Granger: 5/21/1991 to 12/19/1995
- Bob Bolen: 2/2/1982 to 5/21/1991
- Woodie Woods: 5/1/1979 to 11/10/1981
- Hugh Parmer: 4/5/1977 to 5/1/1979
- Clif Overcash: 4/14/1975 to 4/5/1977
- R.M. Stovall: 4/6/1969 to 4/14/1975
- DeWitt McKinley: 4/6/1967 to 4/9/1969
- Willard Barr: 4/6/1965 to 4/6/1967
- Bayard H. Friedman: 4/22/1963 to 4/6/1965
- John Justin: 4/21/1961 to 4/22/1963
- Thomas A. McCann: 4/2/1957 to 4/21/1961
- F.E. (Jack) Garrison: 4/20/1955 to 4/2/1957
- F.E. Deen: 4/22/1953 to 4/6/1955
- J.R. Edwards: 4/6/1951 to 4/22/1953
- F.E. Deen: 4/9/1947 to 4/6/1951
- Roscoe L. Carnrike: 4/4/1945 to 4/8/1947
- I.N. McCrary: 7/17/1940 to 4/4/1945
- T.J. Harrell: 7/27/1938 to 6/19/1940
- R.H.W. Drechsel: 5/11/1938 to 7/27/1938
- W.J. Hammond: 4/8/1937 to 5/11/1938
- Van Zandt Jarvis: 12/20/1933 to 4/7/1937
- William Bryce: 4/12/1927 to 12/20/1933
- H.C. Meacham: 4/15/1925 to 4/12/1927
- W.P. Burton: 10/8/1924 to 4/15/1925
- E.R. Cockrell: 4/16/1921 to 10/8/1924
- W.D. Davis: 4/16/1917 to 4/16/1921
- E.T. Tyra: 4/16/1915 to 4/16/1917
- R.F. Milam: 4/15/1913 to 4/15/1915
- W.D. Davis: 6/1/1909 to 4/15/1913
- W.D. Williams: 4/13/1909 to 4/27/1909
- W.D. Harris: 4/10/1906 to 4/13/1909
- T.J. Powell: 4/10/1900 to 4/10/1906
- B.B. Paddock: 4/12/1892 to 4/10/1900
- J. Peter Smith: 8/5/1890 to 4/12/1892
- W.S. Pendleton: 4/08/1890 to 8/5/1890
- H.S. Broiles: 4/20/1886 to 4/8/1890
- J. Peter Smith: 4/11/1882 to 4/20/1886
- John T. Brown: 4/12/1880 to 4/11/1882
- R.E. Beckman: 8/8/1878 to 4/12/1880
- G.H. Day: 11/10/1874 to 8/8/1878
- W.P. Burts: 2/17/1873 to 11/10/1874
About Mayor Price
Betsy Price, a Fort Worth native, was elected as the 44th mayor of the City of Fort Worth June 18, 2011. Read the mayor's bio »
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200 Texas St.
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
Twitter Town Hall: noon Sept. 1, 2017; Participate On Twitter.
Rolling & Walking Town Hall: 6 p.m. Sept. 6, 2017; To Be Determined.
Mayor's Spooky Bike Ride: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 26, 2017; To Be Determined.