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Politicians take a dive: Annise Parker and George H.W. Bush now have something in common

Politicans take a dive: Parker and Bush now have something in common

Annise Parker and friends skydive
Mayor Annise Parker, third from the left, is all smiles after her skydive. Photo by Chuck Akers
Annise Parker skydiving
Mayor Parker gets ready to fly. Annise Parker/Twitter
Annise Parker skydive in the air
Up in the air. Photo by Chuck Akers
Annise Parker and crew skydiving
The mayor and friends pose for a photo at Skydive Spaceland. Annise Parker/Twitter
George H.W. Bush skydive 90th birthday
Former President Bush celebrated his 90th birthday in June by skydiving. Jon Chrisos/Twitter
Annise Parker landing after skydiving
The mayor has landed! Janice Evans/Twitter
Annise Parker and friends skydive
Annise Parker skydiving
Annise Parker skydive in the air
Annise Parker and crew skydiving
George H.W. Bush skydive 90th birthday
Annise Parker landing after skydiving

Though they are on opposite sides of the political spectrum, Mayor Annise Parker and former President George H.W. Bush have something in common to discuss the next time they meet: They have both jumped out of a plane for no good reason other than the thrill of it all.

Parker bragged about her exploits on her Twitter account Sunday after her first skydive experience. Her communications director Janice Evans was also among those who took the plunge at Skydive Spaceland near Rosharon.

Bush has skydived several times, most recently to celebrate his 90th birthday last June. 

Here's what happened, according to Twitter:

Alas, State Sen. Rodney Ellis chickened out in joining Parker in the sky.

 

UPDATE: After CultureMap published this story, we received a press release from the mayor's office touting her first skydive.

"Honestly, this wasn't on my bucket list," Parker said in a statement.  "My staff had been planning this for awhile and my original intention was to simply be on hand to support them.  As their team leader, though, I couldn't just stand by and watch.  If they can do it, I can do it.  I'm not sure, however, it is something I'll do again."

In the group of 20 skydivers were members of Parker's executive team, City Council aides and others, including Helaine Rumaner, a city employee and competitive skydiver with more than 2,700 jumps who was docked with Parker during the 8,000-foot free fall at 120 miles per hour before the chute was pulled. Parker did the tandem jump with the assistance of Skydive Spaceland instructor Henry Prewitt.