Henry Cisneros

Born Jun 11, 1947

Henry Gabriel Cisneros is an American politician and businessman. He came into the national spotlight as the mayor of San Antonio, Texas from 1981 to 1989--the first Hispanic mayor of a major American city. A Democrat, Cisneros served as the 10th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the administration of President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997.… Read More

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1947 Birth Born on June 11, 1947.


1964 17 Years Old Cisneros received a Catholic school education, first at the Church of the Little Flower, followed by attendance at Central Catholic Marianist High School in San Antonio. He entered Texas A&M University in 1964. … Read More


1967 - 1969 3 More Events
1970 23 Years Old After completing his education at A&M in January 1970, Cisneros and his wife moved to Washington, D.C. where he became the assistant to the Executive Vice President of the National League of Cities.
1971 24 Years Old In 1971, the year his eldest daughter Teresa Angelica was born, Cisneros was honored as a White House Fellow and served as an assistant to the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, Elliot Richardson.
1972 25 Years Old Upon earning a Ford Foundation Grant in 1972, Cisneros and his young family moved to Boston, where he earned his second master's degree at Harvard. … Read More
1973 26 Years Old During his time on the city council, Cisneros formed a relationship with Communities Organized for Public Service (COPS), a powerful grassroots Latino advocacy group founded in 1973 whose focus was to push for development funding into the city’s Latino communities. … Read More
1974 27 Years Old In 1974, after turning down a professorship at MIT, Cisneros chose to return to San Antonio. … Read More
…  Before his tenure as mayor, Cisneros was elected to three two-year terms on the city council, on which he served from 1975 to 1981. … Read More


1977 30 Years Old Cisneros was re-elected twice more to the city council in 1977 and 1979 as a representative of San Antonio Council District 1.
…  He served as the mayor of San Antonio, Texas, from 1981 to 1989, the second Latino mayor of a major American city and the city's first since 1842 (when Juan Seguín was forced out of office).
1982 35 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1982, he was selected as one of the "Ten Outstanding Young Men of America" by the U.S. Jaycees, in addition to receiving a prestigious Jefferson Award for “Greatest Public Service by an Individual 35 Years or Under.” … Read More
1983 36 Years Old 1 More Event
He was reelected to three more terms as mayor by overwhelming margins, including winning an unprecedented 94.2 percent of the vote in 1983, a 73 percent margin of victory in 1985, and 67 percent in 1987.
1984 37 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1984, Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale tapped Cisneros as a finalist for the vice presidential nomination, which eventually went to U.S. Rep. … Read More


1987 - 1992 4 More Events
A Democrat, Cisneros served as the 10th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the administration of President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997. … Read More
…  He spent an evening touring a shelter and the streets in Washington D.C. One night in late December 1994, he walked the streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul, talking to the homeless and later flopped for the night in a shelter in an effort to understand homelessness firsthand. … Read More
1995 48 Years Old That led to Attorney General Janet Reno recommending a special prosecutor be appointed to investigate Cisneros in March 1995.


After public office, Cisneros served as President and COO for the Spanish-language network Univision from 1997 to 2000 before forming American City Vista to work the nation’s leading homebuilders to create homes priced within the range of average families. … Read More
1999 52 Years Old …  Cisneros’ mayoral success for elevating San Antonio’s reputation and economic base as a leading city in the nation led to Texas Monthly in 1999 naming him its Texas Mayor of the Century.
2000 53 Years Old 1 More Event
By 2000, Cisneros and his wife moved back to San Antonio. … Read More
2002 55 Years Old Cisneros received the 2002 National Inner City Leadership Award from the United States Conference of mayors, honoring him for his work in promoting the revitalization of city economies. … Read More
2006 59 Years Old 1 More Event
Cisneros’ continued active involvement in the real estate industry has led to him receiving multiple national honors. In 2006, Builder Magazine named Cisneros #18 out of the top 50 most influential people in the real estate industry. … Read More


2007 60 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2007, Cisneros was honored with the prestigious "Housing Person of the Year" Award from the National Housing Conference, where it was said: “Without question Henry Cisneros has demonstrated a lifelong dedication to providing housing to America's working families."
Together with Jack Kemp, he received the Walter F. Mondale and Edward W. Brooke Fair Housing Award in June 2009 from the Fair Housing Alliance. … Read More
2015 68 Years Old In November 2015, Cisneros became an equity partner in Siebert Brandford Shank & Co., an investment banking firm.
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