Keynote Address: Mayor Dee Margo

State of the City

The State of El Paso took place virtually in September 2020. Stay tuned for information on next year’s series!

This event was presented in partnership with Union Pacific and Workforce Solutions Borderplex.


8:50 AM – Zoom Opens

9:00 AM – Opening Remarks
David Jerome • President & CEO, El Paso Chamber

9:15 AM – Keynote Address
Mayor Dee Margo • City of El Paso

9:30 AM – Audience Q&A

9:45 AM – Closing Remarks
VJ Smith • Chair, El Paso Chamber Board of Directors

Keynote Address: Mayor Dee Margo

El Paso has been Dee Margo’s home for 40 years, and in June 2017, he was elected as the 51st Mayor of El Paso, Texas.

He moved to El Paso, Texas in 1977 from Nashville, Tennessee, where he attended Vanderbilt University on a football scholarship, to join his father-in-law at John D. Williams Company (JDW). In February of 1981, 6 days after his 29th birthday, his father-in-law suffered a fatal heart attack. He purchased JDW from the estate, and expanded the company from 6 employees to 70, in the span of 30 years.

During these years, he served as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army,   participated in the founding of the Regional Economic Development Corporation (REDCO) – now the Borderplex Alliance, became the Chairman of the El Paso Chamber, and gave his time to several non-profits, including Operation Noel. He was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010, in 2013, he was appointed President of the EPISD Board of Managers, and most recently, he was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Oversight Committee.  He is also a part of the Texas Municipal League Executive Committee.

Mayor Margo currently serves as Vice Chair for Border Security on the U.S. Conference of Mayors Criminal and Social Justice Committee, as well as Co-Chair of USCM’s COVID-19 Response and Health Equity Working Group.

He is also proud of his 3 grandchildren who are 5th generation El Pasoans.

Mayor Margo’s tenure has been full of major events the City did not expect. Starting with the immigration crisis, followed by the August 3 tragedy, and now the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Mayor’s focus has continued to be the safety of El Pasoans and its binational neighbors.

Special thanks to our 2020 Star Sponsors: ADP • Chase Bank • El Paso Electric • El Paso Times • El Paso Water Utilities • Firstlight Federal Credit Union • Freeport McMoRan • GCC • GECU • Grupo Cano • HUB International • Hunt Companies • JOBE Materials • Jordan Foster Construction • Kemp Smith Law • Marathon Petroleum • Peter Piper Pizza • PRIDE Industries • Prudential • ReadyOne Industries • Texas Gas Service • TFCU • The Hospitals of Providence • University Medical Center • Verizon Wireless • Wells Fargo • Western Technical College • WestStar Bank • Ysleta del Sur Pueblo