State Rep. Brian Elder is serving his second term representing the 96th House District, which includes the cities of Bay City and Essexville and Bangor, Frankenlust, Hampton, Kawkawlin, Merritt, Monitor and Portsmouth townships in Bay County. Rep. Elder is serving as the Democratic Vice Chair on the Agriculture Committee for the second time, along with serving as a member of the Judiciary Committee. Rep. Elder was reappointed to the Michigan Law Revision Commission for a second term and is the Chair and Co-Founder of the Michigan Legislative Labor Caucus.
Elder comes from three generations of autoworkers and is the first member of his family to attend college, having worked his way through Wayne State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor’s degree in History. He graduated from the UCLA School of Law earning a Juris Doctorate, with honors in Property Law and Oral Advocacy.
Elder has practiced law in Mid-Michigan since 1998 and currently owns Brian K. Elder, P.L.C., a general civil law practice. Elder has represented dozens of municipalities over his career, as well labor unions, union members and individuals in the areas of estate planning and elder law.
Elder served eight years as a Bay County Commissioner and served as the Chairman of the Bay County Board of Commissioners. As a County Commissioner, Elder was an acknowledged leader in economic development, creating and Chairing Bay Future, Inc., Bay County’s premiere public-private economic development partnership. Elder was Bay County’s lead negotiator on the Fabiano Bros. multi-million dollar facility project that resulted in the expansion of the Monitor DDA and led to an additional $400,000.00 of tax revenue per year to local Bay County governments.
Of course, Elder’s favorite accomplishment as a County Commissioner may be the creation of “Central Bark”, Bay County’s only dog park.
Elder lives in Bay City and is married to Susan Elder, a German teacher at Bay City Central High School and Handy Middle School. Brian and Susan have three children in the Bay City Public School System.