Bridge City Mayor David Rutledge Is the New Texas Municipal League (TML) President
Last updated 10/11/2022 at 6:58pm
On October 7, 2022, the Texas Municipal League (TML) and its 1,174 member cities announced
that Bridge City Mayor David Rutledge is the new TML president.
Rutledge has served on the TML Board of Directors since February 2019. He first served as a
director representing a TML affiliate group, the Texas Association of Mayors, Councilmembers
and Commissioners, and then as the director for TML Region 16, a 12-county area that includes
Beaumont, Port Arthur, and Lufkin.
“I am truly honored to be elected to serve the cities and citizens of the State of Texas. There are
numerous challenges faced by our cities including infrastructure, fiscal concerns, and unprecedented growth in our cities to name a few. I am looking forward to working with
mayors, council members, and other city leaders from across the state as we tackle these issues.”
Rutledge was elected the League’s president-elect on June 25, 2021, and will serve as president
through the 2023 TML Annual Conference and Exhibition in Dallas on October 4-6. He is the
first TML president from Bridge City.
He has served as the Bridge City mayor since 2016, previously serving as a councilmember from
2005-2010 and 2015-2016.
“As we move forward through the next year and beyond, how we respond to these challenges
today will lay the groundwork for future Texans,” he said. “By cities working together, we can
tackle these tough issues. The Texas Municipal League is there to help all city officials and staff
gain the training and information required to be better leaders for our cities.”
TML is a voluntary association established in 1913. Today, more than 16,000 mayors, council
members, city managers, city attorneys, and department heads are member officials of TML
through their cities’ participation. Guided by its purpose statement—Empowering Texas cities to
serve their citizens—the League provides legislative, legal, and training services to city