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.
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.