Meet The Candidate
In 1999, Keller was elected to the Houston City Council to represent the citizens of District G and was re-elected in 2001 to another two-year term. Council Member Keller had a distinguished record of achievement while serving on Houston City Council. He was well known for developing infrastructure policy as Vice Chairman of the Technology, Transportation, and Infrastructure Committee. He also chaired the City of Houston Contracting Procedures Committee where he championed and passed a “Deadbeat Taxpayer” ordinance that prohibits individuals with unpaid taxes from being awarded a city contract. He also helped draft and pass an ordinance banning contractors from doing business with the City if the contractor was found to be negligent either in performance or excessive change orders.
During his tenure, Keller oversaw over $300 million in infrastructure improvements, including streets and drainage projects, in District G. While on City Council, Keller was elected to represent the City of Houston on the Houston-Galveston Area Council where he chaired the Emergency Preparedness Committee. He was then tasked by Governor Rick Perry to develop the region’s First Responder Plan as Chairman of Governor Perry’s Homeland Security Task Force. In his second term, Keller was elected to serve as Vice Mayor Pro-Tem. While serving as acting Mayor, helped kill the controversial “Rain Tax” during a session of Houston City Council.
After leaving City Council in 2004, Keller continued to be involved with public policy issues in areas of interest and expertise. Keller was appointed by Houston Mayor Annise Parker and County Judge Emmett to Chair the Gulf Coast Rail District where he served as a voting member on the Houston-Galveston Area Council Transportation Policy Council. Following his two terms on City Council, Keller continued to be an outspoken leader on drainage issues and was subsequently appointed by Houston City Council as a Commissioner on the Rebuild Houston Oversight Committee.
In addition to public policy service, Bert Keller is active in the community as a volunteer for various organizations and causes. He was a member of the “C” Club for over a dozen years, serving as Chairman of the Political Affairs Committee, Secretary, Treasurer and as the club’s President in 2012. He also served as Vice-Chairman of the Mustang District Sam Houston Council of the Boy Scouts; and as a member of the Downtown Kiwanis Club, the Houston Economic Development Council and a Cancer Counseling board member. He is known as “Coach Keller” to very many from his 14 years of coaching at Post Oak Pony League and Lamar HS.
Politically, Keller is a life-long Republican who has served as Finance Committee Chairman for the Harris County Republican Party and as a delegate to numerous Republican Party of Texas state conventions.
Mr. Keller attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering. He also received a Background in Liberal Arts from Brookside College in Cambridge, England where he studied Public Speaking, Theology and Classic Literature. Along with his wife, Laura, and their three children, Sanders, London and Berkeley, Keller is an active member of St. Cecilia Catholic Parish.