About Council Member Martha Castex-Tatum
On May 5, 2018, Martha Castex-Tatum won the special election to fulfill the unexpired term of the late Houston City Council Member Larry Green representing District K, which stretches across southwest Houston into Fort Bend County. Martha’s commitment to the district she grew up in began as the Director of Constituent Services for former Council Member Green’s office in 2015. While serving in this capacity, Martha oversaw the development of the new Southwest Houston Police station, the CASE for Kids afterschool grant process, the monthly Fort Bend and Hiram Clarke Bridging the Divide meetings, and numerous sidewalks, waterline, and street repair projects throughout the district.
A staunch community advocate, in 2000 Council Member Castex-Tatum began her career in public service as the first African-American female to serve on the San Marcos, TX city council. During her term she was elected by her colleagues to serve as Deputy Mayor Pro Tem. In addition, the Texas Association of Mayors, Councilmembers, and Commissioners (TAMCC) awarded Martha a certificate of achievement for her completion of continuing education unit credits for the Texas Municipal League Institute program. Only 41 certificates were awarded statewide that year.
January 2020 began her first full four-year term as Council Member of the district in which she was raised. As a longtime and active resident of District K, Martha is committed to serving constituents through her passion for the community and her diligence as a public servant. She is an advocate for senior citizens and small business owners. She is also dedicated to increasing beautification projects and economic development throughout Houston, among other projects and initiatives.
Council Member Castex-Tatum was unanimously elected by Mayor Sylvester Turner and her City Council colleagues to serve as the City of Houston’s Vice Mayor Pro-Tem. She currently serves as the chairperson of the Economic Development committee and is a member of the Budget and Fiscal Affairs, Ethics Elections and Council Governance, Housing and Community Affairs, Regulations and Neighborhood Affairs, and Transportation Technology and Infrastructure city council committees.
Castex-Tatum is the current president of the Texas Municipal League (TML), which provides a variety of services to over 1,150 member cities. Council Member Castex-Tatum’s passion is public service, and she strives every day to restore people’s faith in government.
Martha has been distinguished by various awards and recognitions including being named a YMCA Minority Achiever, a Who’s Who in Black Houston feature, a David Ashworth Community Service Award finalist, and a Women Entrepreneurs Trailblazer Award honoree, Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women 2020-21, and the 2022 Ernest B. McGowen Sr. Champion of Diversity Award. Martha is a graduate of Leadership Houston Class XXXVI. She is a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., where she has been active for over 31 years. She earned her Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Business Administration from Southwest Texas State University (now, Texas State University). She is the mother of one son, Jacob Paul Tatum.