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Lee Leffingwell is the current mayor of Austin, Texas. He was first elected as an Austin city council member in 2005, won re-election in 2008, and was elected mayor in 2009.
Leffingwell is a native of Austin and a retired airline pilot. He graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, then became an officer and pilot in the United States Navy. After spending five years on active duty, including Vietnam service, Leffingwell left active duty and joined the Navy Reserves, completing a total of 20 years military service. He was a pilot and Captain for Delta Air Lines for almost 32 years, ending his airline career as an international Boeing 767 and MD-11 Captain.
Leffingwell served for more than five years as a consensus appointee to the City of Austin's Environmental Board and was elected by his peers as Chair for the last four of those years. » Read more on Wikipedia.org

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Austin gets $1M grant for eco-industrial park
2014-07-01
"It's a big win for Austin to be receiving this grant from the Economic Development Administration," said Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell. "Our [re]Manufacturing Hub is sure to attract green businesses that can turn our resident's recyclables into new ...
(Austin American-Statesman (blog))

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    Austin City Council approves mobility plan that includes urban rail
    2014-06-26
    But Mayor Lee Leffingwell said the city has to do something. "We have a serious mobility problem here. It threatens our economic development in the future, and it threatens our quality of life. It's a big problem, and we need to have a big solution to ...
    (KVUE)
    1. City Council approves study for UT rail plan
    2. Council Approves Rail Line for Likely November Ballot
    3. Austin City Council unanimously approves urban rail proposal

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    Stanton, US mayors OK climate-change initiative
    2014-06-24
    In addition to Stanton, the measure was floated by Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell and Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who like Stanton are also Democratic mayors from GOP-leaning states. It passed easily even though Republicans and Democrats nationally ...
    (Arizona Republic)
    1. US mayors unanimously pass climate change ideas
    2. Mayors Unanimously Pass Climate Resolution
    3. US mayors to vote on climate change resolution

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    US mayors unanimously pass climate change ideas
    2014-06-23
    The resolution was backed by Democratic mayors from GOP-dominated states — Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. It passed easily even though Republicans and Democrats remain deeply divided ...
    (Modesto Bee)
    1. US mayors to use nature to fight climate change
    2. US mayors to vote on climate change resolution

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    US mayors to use nature to fight climate change
    2014-06-22
    It's being backed by Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton — all Democrats. Since the conference is almost evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats, and the resolution only "encourages" ...
    (News Sentinel)
    1. US mayors to vote on climate change resolution
    2. Mike Rawlings' hosting skills impress fellow mayors at conference
    3. U.S. mayors unanimously pass climate change ideas

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    US mayors using nature to combat climate change
    2014-06-22
    It's being backed by Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton — all Democrats. Since the conference is almost evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats, and the resolution only "encourages" ...
    (The Patriot-News)
    1. Mayors Sign Climate Protection Agreement, Endorse Innovative Climate Solutions

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    New idea pitched for Urban Rail Project
    2014-06-18
    "I believe we've made the right decision for Austin," Mayor Lee Leffingwell said. Rail planners are proposing that the 9.5 mile project should run from Highland Mall to the north, through the UT campus and downtown, southeast across Riverside Drive and ...
    (MyFox Austin)

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      CapMetro and Council finalize urban rail plans
      2014-06-17
      While Project Connect said future expansion could ultimately reach the airport, rider demand weighed with the cost does not make it a viable spot for rail service just yet according to Mayor Lee Leffingwell. “If you extended it to the airport now, you ...
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        CCAG Recommends Rail Plan
        2014-06-13
        Mayor Lee Leffingwell issued a press release announcing the decision. Some excerpts below: “I am very pleased that the Central Corridor Advisory Group voted overwhelmingly to take a giant step forward toward a high-capacity transit system in Austin ...
        (Austin Chronicle)
        1. Project Connect moves closer to reality
        2. Advisory group OKs recommendation for Austin urban rail plan

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