Houston City Council

Edward Pollard is currently the only black male council member in Houston, Texas, the nation’s fourth largest city. He represents District J, which primarily covers southwest Houston with a constituency of nearly 200,000 people. Edward is a proud product of Southwest Houston. He attended all HISD schools (Lovett, Johnston, Lamar), before accepting a basketball scholarship to Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. While in college, Edward was recognized as an NCAA Academic All American and graduated with honors earning his BA in Political Science. After playing professional basketball overseas in the Republic of Singapore and Chile, South America, Edward returned to Houston to pursue his law degree. He attended Thurgood Marshall School of Law where he graduated with honors earning his Juris Doctorate with a concentration in Government and Policy. Edward also obtained his Certificate in Negotiation Mastery from Harvard Business School.

Professionally, Edward is the principal owner of Pollard Legal Group, LLC, a multi-million dollar boutique civil litigation law firm located in District J. Edward is also the founder of Suits for Success, a 501c3 organization that mentors teen boys on life skills at District J high schools. The semester long program focuses on public speaking, etiquette training, personal finance, resume building, interview techniques, and how to tie a tie. At the completion of the program, each student receives a free suit, shirt, and tie for high school graduation and life beyond.

As Council Member, Edward serves as Vice Chair of Budget & Fiscal Affairs, and serves on the committees of Economic Development, Ethics, Elections and Council Governance, Public Safety and Homeland Security, and Childhood and Youth. Edward was also appointed by the mayor, and voted by council, to serve on the Houston-Area Galveston Council which represents 13 counties in the region. Edward is increasingly being known as unifier, by taking a bipartisan approach to solving issues and bringing people closer together. He truly believes that we all have much more in common than any differences and considers himself a leader in making that ideal a reality. Edward is a lifetime member of the historic Antioch Missionary Baptist Church downtown and is married with two children.

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