Ethics Explorer A Guide to the Financial Interests of Elected Officials

State Board of Education Member Ken Mercer (R)

Industry
Consultant, State Government
Education
B.S., University of Texas; B.B.A, UT-San Antonio; M.B.A., St. Mary's University.
Financial Statements

Sources of Income

  • Mercer works as an IT project manager for USAA in San Antonio.

  • He was elected to the State Board of Education in November 2006 and re-elected in 2010 and 2012.

  • He previously was an adviser to Gov. Rick Perry as a member of the state Homeland Security Council, and served on the State Republican Executive Committee.

  • He served one term in the Texas House, from 2003 to 2005.

  • His wife, Rosalia Mercer, is a senior bookkeeper for Walker Advertising in San Antonio.

  • Mercer has assets in the recruitment and talent management services company Drake Global Resources, in United Dental Holdings Inc. and in NuState Energy Holdings.

Property

  • Mercer owns residential property in San Antonio valued at $185,220.

Analysis

  • In the mid-1990s, Mercer led an anti-pornography campaign to boycott San Antonio convenience stores that sold pornographic magazines.

  • San Antonio businessman James Leininger, a wealthy advocate for private school vouchers, contributed $35,000 to Mercer’s SBOE campaign in 2006.