Michael L. Lunceford

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Michael L. Lunceford
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Board Member, Houston Independent School District, District 5
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected2009
Next generalNovember 7, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas at Austin
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Michael L. Lunceford is the current District 5 seat holder on the Houston Independent School Board, where he also serves as Board Assistant Secretary. He was re-elected to the board in an unopposed race on November 5, 2013.


Lunceford is a native Texan, having attended all HISD schools: Ila McNamara and Horace Elrod Elementary Schools, Walter Fondren Middle School and Westbury High School. Lunceford is a long-time volunteer with HISD, having held leadership positions within the district for the past 17 years. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981 and is currently the Vice President of Engineering for Pedernales Energy.[1]



See also: Houston Independent School District elections (2013)


Michael L. Lunceford was re-elected to the board in an unopposed race on November 5, 2013.


Lunceford was not endorsed in this campaign.


Lunceford reported $132.38 in contributions and $300.00 in expenditures to the Houston Independent School District, which left his campaign with $167.62 in debt.[2]


Houston Independent School District, District 5, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael L. Lunceford 68.7% 9,989
     Nonpartisan Ray Reiner 31.3% 4,561
Total Votes 14,550

What was at stake?

Five seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Those seats were for Districts 1, 5, 6, 7 and 9. Longtime incumbent Lawrence Marshall decided not to run for re-election of District 9.

HISD board members disagree on the best means of using scarce district resources to meet the various needs of the many students enrolled. Regardless of their debate over methodology, candidates from both districts agree that their top priority ought to be maintaining accountability and high standards for their districts. Houston ISD is still struggling with the deep budget cuts in public education imposed in 2011 and adjusting to a narrowly approved tax rate increase.[3] The increase aims to help fund pay raises, as well as the district's Apollo reform program, which allows for specially hired tutors and longer school days.[4] Longtime incumbent Lawrence Marshall of Houston's District 9, did not seeking re-election and is currently under FBI criminal investigation for allegedly taking vendor money.[5]

About the district

Houston Independent School District is located in Harris County, TX
Houston ISD is located in Houston, Texas, which is also a seat of Harris County, Texas. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Houston is home to 2,099,451 residents.[6] Alief encompasses 36.6 square miles near the southeastern Texas border.


In terms of graduation rate, average household income and poverty rate, Houston underperformed in these areas. The graduation rate was 74.4% compared to 80.4% statewide. The average household income was $44,124 compared to $50,920 in the entire state. Houston had a poverty rate of 21.5%, while the poverty rate for Texas was 17.0%.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2010[6]
Race Houston city (%) Texas (%)
White 50.5 70.4
Hispanic or Latino 43.8 37.6
Black or African American 23.7 11.8
Asian 6.0 3.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 0.7
Two or More Races 3.3 2.7

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