Parker celebrates New Year with 14,000-foot dive

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Nevermind horseback. Mayor Annise Parker set a new standard for elected officials on Sunday when she willingly jumped out of a perfectly fine airplane – at 14,000 feet.

The first lesbian mayor of a major U.S. city? That's so 2009. Horseback? So 2014. So Parker joined a group of about 20 staffers, City Council aides and others on Sunday to make her first-ever jump at Skydive Spaceland near Rosharon. By the way, 14,000 feet is about 2.6 miles in the air.

“Honestly, this wasn't on my bucket list,” Parker says in a press release. “My staff had been planning this for awhile and my original intention was to simply be on hand to support them. As their team leader, though, I couldn't just stand by and watch. If they can do it, I can do it. I'm not sure, however, it is something I'll do again.”

The best of making the jump? Parker quipped it was “being back on the ground.”

[h/t CultureMap Houston | photos by Chuck Akers]


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