Ora Houston lives in the home her parents built in 1954 on East 22nd. When she isn't volunteering or performing advocacy work, Houston enjoys caring for her plants and bird watching. She is the proud parent of two adult children, Askia Shomari and Gina Houston.
Ora loves Austin, Austinites, and her Blacklands neighbors and neighborhood.
Ora was the first Austin city council representative for Austin’s District 1, serving from 2015 to 2019. District 1, along with 9 other districts, was created by the Citizens Districting 10-1 plan. Houston was a founding member and leader of Austinites for Geographic Representation, the group which drove geographic representation into Austin city government via a citizens petition and initiative.