Don Elder Jr.
Don Elder Jr. was raised on a rice farm and ranch in Katy, Texas, where his dad and two uncles farmed for over 33 years. Don graduated from Katy High School and attended Sam Houston State University where he received Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees. Upon graduation, he was a professor at both Sam Houston and Hill College. At Hill College, he had his own local sports radio program and served as the athletic public relations director. Following teaching, Don worked in sales/marketing in the Ready-Mix business for over 30 years. He now owns Elder Consulting where he works with school and governmental entities.
Don served on the Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees for two terms. After that, he was elected to the Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) County Board. He served on this Board for ten years, two terms as president. He was on the Katy City Council for five years. He resigned from Katy City Council to run for Mayor and was elected May 12, 2007. He ran unopposed in the May 2009 election and was re-elected for a second term. The Mayor again ran unopposed in May 2011 and his term expired in 2013. The mayor’s position in Katy is term-limited.
Don serves on the Talent Committee of the Economic Development Board as well as the Governing Board of the EDC. He has served on the Business Development Board of Sterling Bank and presently serves on the Development Board for Houston Community College (HCC). Some of Don’s other community involvement, to name a few, are Past member of the Katy Athletic Booster Club; Past president of Katy High School Alumni Association; Honorary member of Katy FFA, as well as other schools in the district; Member of the Katy FFA Sales Committee; Past member of Board of Directors for Katy Area A & M Club; Past president of Katy Area A & M Club; past member of Board of Directors for Katy FFA Rodeo Committee; Member of the 12th Man Foundation, Texas A & M University.
Don is married to Katy native, Ida Faye Moore Elder. They have one son, Shane, who is married to Maddie. They live in Boerne, Texas. Don and Ida Faye are active members of the Katy First United Methodist Church. He enjoys hunting, visiting the Hill Country and attending Texas A&M and UTSA football games.