Trustees Election and Appointments

ERS Trustees Election and Appointments

Section 815.003(d) of the Texas Government Code states that before August 31 of each odd-numbered year, the Board of Trustees (Board) of the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) is required to hold an election for the members and retirees of the system to nominate and elect a trustee.

Voting for the Board of Trustees election begins May 10 and continues through June 14, 2019.

Retirees receiving an annuity payment, state agency employees who contribute to the ERS Retirement Trust Fund as of March 31, 2019 and former state agency employees who still have money in the Fund as of March 31, 2019 are eligible to vote.

This is your chance to have a say about who will represent you. Board members make important decisions about your benefits and oversee trust fund investments.

Your vote counts!

In ballot order, your candidates are: 

Each candidate submitted a statement explaining why he or she would like to serve on the ERS Board of Trustees. You can read the statements by clicking the candidate’s name.

How to vote online

Please enter your 11-digit ERS ID number and the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Once you enter this information, click Verify to access the voting website.

Where can I find my ERS ID number?

Log into your ERS OnLine account and click the Account Balance Summary or Beneficiary Summary page to see your 11-digit ERS ID number.

If you don’t want (or cannot) vote online, you can return the paper ballot you receive from ERS.

Voting closes Friday, June 14 at 5 p.m. CT.

ERS will certify the election results on July 11. The new Board member’s term will begin September 1, 2019.

Trustee appointment and terms

The term of Board member Doug Danzeiser will expire on August 31, 2019. Danzeiser holds one of three seats elected by ERS members and retirees. Three other Board members are appointed: one each by the Governor, the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, and the Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court.

Both appointed and elected Board members serve staggered six-year terms. The terms of appointees expire on August 31 of each even-numbered year. The terms of elected Board members expire on August 31 of each odd-numbered year. This year, one employee member will be elected by state employees and retirees to serve as their member representative.

2019 Election Calendar

Nomination process
Friday, March 1 Nominating petitions distributed to agencies
Monday, April 1 Candidate nominations due to ERS by 5 p.m. Central
Monday, April 22 Certify candidates and draw for ballot order
Thursday, May 9 Candidate forum
Election process
Friday, May 10 Voting begins
Friday, June 14 Voting ends
Thursday, July 11 Results certified
Sunday, September 1 Board of Trustees member term begins