Diversity of Leadership

Diversity of Leadership

Local and State Government Elected Officials

  • White men are still the most over-represented group among elected officials. Over the past ten years there has been little noticeable change in the diversity of elected officials by race/ethnicity or gender.
  • Of all race/ethnicity groups, Hispanics are the most under-represented, despite a slight increase since 2004 (not shown).
  • Women continue to be under-represented in elected office.

Local and State Government Elected Officials

Local and State Government Elected Officials

  • These same data by county show Caldwell County to have the most diversity among elected officials, despite the percentage of unknown race. This includes a Hispanic representation of 24%.
  • The percentage of women in elected office (not shown) in 2011 varies from 20% in Burnet County to 38% in Travis County.
Local and State Government Elected Officials

Note that if a state office represents multiple counties it is calculated for each applicable county.

Local and State Judges

  • About 17% of the elected judiciary is non-white, a slight increase from 2009, but overall a consistent trend despite the steady increase in the total number of positions.
  • A third of the elected judiciary (not including municipal judges) is female, a slight increase from 2009 but lower than previous survey years.

Local and State Judges

School Board Trustees

  • While the student population of the public school districts in Central Texas is more racially/ethnically diverse than the population as a whole, the make-up of trustees on the school boards does not reflect this diversity. While this does not speak directly to quality of representation, few environments are demographically changing as rapidly as the public school system and therefore in need of rapidly adapting leadership.

School Board Trustees

Leadership Turnover

  • The individuals in leadership positions in Central Texas are constantly changing through term-limits, elections, retirement and other factors. Often the effect on policy and operations after a leadership change takes several years.
  • The Central Texas region has a steadily increasing degree of leadership churn.
  • Note: Data accounts for turnover in education providers beginning in 1998.

Leadership Turnover


Minorities and women remain significantly under-represented in publicly elected positions.


Central Texas values leadership that reflects the community’s diversity.


Embodied within equity and engagement is the idea of trust that elected leaders fairly represent all those whom they represent, regardless of the similarities or dissimilarities between the elected officials and their constituents.

Measuring the efficacy of leadership is difficult and can often only be served through qualitative assessments of how values are shared and exemplified through leadership and action.


Perception of civic activity with most impact by race/ethnicity

Perception of Who is Addressing Concerns about Future


The CTSIP conducted web surveys of all city, county, school, state, and federal public officials in the six-county region.

Texas State Data Center

Texas Courts Online

U.S. Census Bureau