Stephen Costello is serving his second term as an At-Large City Council Member. First elected in December 2009, he entered public service with a background as a civil engineer and drainage specialist. During his first term, he chaired the Flooding and Drainage Committee and worked to secure dedicated funding for infrastructure maintenance and improvements.
Stephen currently serves as chair of the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee, which considers all fiscal matters related to the city’s $4 billion budget.
As a keen runner and tri-athlete, quality of life issues are very important to him, and he is working to ensure that Houston continues its strong commitment to health and wellness, parks and green space, and protecting the environment.
Stephen serves as vice chair of the Transportation Policy Council of the Houston-Galveston Area Council which provides policy guidance and overall coordination of the transportation planning activities within the region. Improving mobility in and around Houston is critical for future economic growth and development.
In addition to his committee work, he has been working to increase food access into under-served areas, known as food deserts, where there are no grocery stores. The lack of fresh food exponentially increases a person’s chances of suffering from diet related diseases, such as diabetes and obesity. Work is underway in collaboration with local grocers to bring supermarkets into food deserts in the hope that current and future generations have access to fresh, healthy food.
Houston has been home to Stephen for the past 30 years. He is very proud to work for this city. Even in tough economic times, he is inspired by the generosity, resourcefulness, ingenuity and friendliness of Houstonians.