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Lila Cockrell

Lila May Banks Cockrell
Mayor of San Antonio
In office
June 1, 1989 – June 1, 1991
Preceded by Henry G. Cisneros
Succeeded by Nelson W. Wolff
Mayor of San Antonio
In office
May 1, 1975 – May 1, 1981
Preceded by Charles L. Becker
Succeeded by Henry G. Cisneros
San Antonio City Councilwoman
In office
San Antonio City Councilwoman
In office
Personal details
Spouse(s) Sidney Earl Cockrell Jr. (-1988 his death)
Children Two daughters
Alma mater Southern Methodist University
Military service
Service/branch WAVES
Rank Ensign
Battles/wars World War II

Lila May Banks Cockrell (born January 19, 1922) is a former mayor of San Antonio, Texas. During World War II, she served in the WAVES branch of the United States Navy. She served as President of the Dallas and San Antonio chapters of the League of Women Voters during the 1950s.[1]

San Antonio city mayor

After serving for a decade on the city council, including her 1969 service as the city's first woman mayor Pro Tem, Cockrell was elected in 1975 to the first of four two-year terms as Mayor of San Antonio. At the time of her inauguration, San Antonio's population gave her the status of the mayor over the largest American city being governed by a woman. She is often listed as the first woman in the United States to be elected mayor of a major metropolis. However, Bertha Knight Landes was mayor of Seattle 1926–1928.[2] Cockrell's first three terms ran consecutively 1975–1981. At the end of her third term, she chose not to run because of the illness of her husband Sidney Earl Cockrell Jr.[3] She was succeeded as mayor by Henry Cisneros. Widowed in 1988, she was elected to her fourth term as the city's mayor in 1989 when Cisneros left office.[4]


After retiring from political office, Cockrell served on many municipal commissions and civic boards.[5] In 2013, she retired as president of the San Antonio Parks Foundation, a position she had held since 1998.[6]



External links

  • Delta Delta Delta Biography
  • City of San Antonio's Lila Cockrell Theatre Website
  • Interviews with Lila Cockrell, April 9, 1997, University of Texas at San Antonio: Institute of Texan Cultures: Oral History Collections, UA 15.01, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.
Preceded by
Henry G. Cisneros
Mayor of San Antonio
Succeeded by
Nelson W. Wolff
Preceded by
Charles L. Becker
Mayor of San Antonio
Succeeded by
Henry G. Cisneros

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