Mayor 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 attend Sam Houston State University where he received Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees. He taught college courses at both Sam Houston State University and Hill College. Don has over 30 years of experience in sales/marketing in the Ready-Mix business. He 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 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 current term expires in 2013.
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; Member of Board of Directors for Katy Area A & M Club; Past President of Katy Area A & M Club; Member of Board of Directors for Katy FFA Rodeo Committee; Member of the 12th Man Foundation, Texas A & M University.
Don’s wife of 41 years, Ida Faye, was also raised in Katy and they have one son, Shane. Both Ida Faye and Shane are Katy High School graduates. The Elders are active members of the First United Methodist Church in the “Heart of Katy”.