Dr. Diane Trautman, a life-long Texan and Houstonian, was elected as Harris County Clerk on November 6, 2018 for a 4 year term. Prior to that, she was elected as an At-Large, Countywide board member on the Harris County Board of Education in 2012 for a 6 year term. While on the board, she supported federal grants that maximized local tax dollars resulting in savings for the school districts and the taxpayers. Along with the rest of the board, she was successful in reducing HCDE property taxes for the last four years of her term.
Her past work experience includes tenures as Asst. Professor of Education at both Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin State universities. She has worked as a Teacher in both Houston and Humble ISDs and a Principal in Conroe and Tomball ISDs. Prior to her work in the field of education, she worked in the banking industry at both Texas Commerce Bank (Trust Asset Management) and First City National Bank (Energy Lending).
Dr. Trautman holds a Bachelor's degree in English and a Masters degree in Secondary Education, both from the University of Houston. She also earned a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Sam Houston State University where she received the Morphet Award for her dissertation developing a new leadership theory.
Dr. Trautman is a current member of the League of Women Voters, Women Professionals in Government, the Girl Scouts Alumni Organization, HAAM Covenant Council, Delta Kappa Gamma, and Atascocita Lutheran Church. She and her husband Tim have three grown children and two grandchildren.
Dr. Trautman has always believed that as an elected official, she should make government work for the individual, and she understands that as a public servant, she works for the people of Harris County and not the other way around.