District 13

​​Council Member Jennifer S. Gates
Council District 13​​​​


Jennifer Staubach Gates is currently serving her fourth term as Dallas City Councilmember representing District 13. Councilmember Gates was elected to her first term as City Council Member in 2013, and reelected  for a second term in 2015, for a third term in 2017 and for a fourth and last term in 2019.

In her role as Councilmember, Jennifer serves as the Chair of the Government Performance and Financial Management Committee and sits on the Economic Development, Quality of Life, Arts and Culture, Environment and Sustainability and Ad Hoc Administration Committees. 

Jennifer also serves as the chair for the Domestic Violence Taskforce, and holds regular meetings that help to bridge communication between the Dallas Police Department, the District Attorney’s office, judges, and community partners. This collaboration aims to strengthen the forces that are fighting to end domestic violence in Dallas. 

A lifelong Dallasite, Jennifer attended Ursuline Academy, then went on to get her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, and she is still licensed as a Registered Nurse.

Jennifer has been married to John Gates for more than 30 years. Their youngest daughter, Jordan, graduated with her Master Degree in social work from New York University in 2016, and their older daughter, Jessica, and her husband, Will, live in District 13. The Gates family attends St. Rita Catholic Church in District 13, where Jennifer also serves as a Eucharistic Minister. In her spare time Jennifer enjoys running, reading and traveling, and spending time with her grandsons Gambill , Gates and Smyth.