District J

Council Member Mike Laster

Council Member Mike Laster
Mike Laster was born in San Pablo, California but his family relocated to Texas soon after his birth, settling in the rural community of Bangs in Brown County. Educated in the public schools of Brown County, Mike demonstrated his leadership skills at an early age by serving as President of the High School Student Body, of his High School Class, of the National Honor Society and the Future Farmers of America.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin’s Plan II Honors Program, Mike earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center. While at the Law Center, Mike distinguished himself as the National Vice Chair of the American Bar Association Law Student Division.

Mike is an attorney specializing in real estate with the firm of Williams, Birnberg & Andersen, L.L.P. in Houston, where he has practiced since 1996. From 1989 to 1995, Mike served as a Senior Assistant City Attorney in the Real Estate Division of the City Attorney’s Office, where he handled many aspects of a general real estate and development practice for the city.

Throughout his life Mike has developed an extensive record of civic involvement and achievement. He has served as a Board Member as past Chairman of the Sharpstown Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone and Redevelopment Authority (TIRZ 20). As Chairman, he worked to complete an amended TIRZ project plan that provided over $90 million in infrastructure development and financing dollars to the TIRZ area.

A founding Board Member and Secretary of the Greater Sharpstown Management District (GSMD), Mike helped: implement a Constables on Patrol Program which added additional constables to patrol the business corridors of the district; create a graffiti abatement program that cleaned up thousands of graffiti sites; and, worked to revitalize the neighborhood with new street signs and esplanade beautifications.

Mike also served as a Board Member and former President of the Sharpstown Civic Association, a group serving over 6,800 homes in the area with neighborhood protection programs, crime prevention and security patrols.

An active member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Mike has served as Senior Warden; as a member of the Vestry; as past parish Delegate to the Episcopal Diocese of Texas; and is currently serving as a member of the Trinity Endowment.
Mike has served as the first elected Council Member for the newly created District J since January 2012.  He is currently serving his third and final term.  He has served as the Chairman of the Housing and Community Development Committee since 2014.

District J, is a richly diverse community of over 180,000 persons who speak as many as 85 different languages