Board Term: Jan. 1, 2013 - Jan. 1, 2017
Ken Mercer is a technology project manager, as well as a former member of the Texas House of Representatives.
Mercer was elected to State Board of Education in November 2006 and re-elected in 2010, 2012 and 2016. He is currently a member of the Committee on School Finance/Permanent School Fund,
which oversees the Permanent School Fund, the nation's largest education
endowment, as well as some funding and auditing policies.
During his tenure on the board, he has also served as chair of the board's Committee on School Initiatives, vice chair of the board's Committee on School Initiatives and vice chair of the board's Committee on Instruction.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Business Administration from UT-San Antonio. He also has a Master’s of Business Administration in finance and management from St. Mary’s University.
An advisor to the governor as a member of the state Homeland Security Council, Mercer also has served on the State Republican Executive Committee and was a member of Delta Mu Delta Graduate Business Honor Society.
He was named 2005 Alumnus of the Year by UTSA and was given the Distinguished Legislator Award by the Texas Republican House Caucus. In 2003, the San Antonio Police Officer’s Association named Mercer the Legislator of the Year.
Mercer represents the following counties: Blanco, Caldwell, Comal, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall, Kerr, Llano, Mason, San Saba and parts of Bexar and Travis counties.