Ellen Troxclair

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Ellen Troxclair represents District 8 in Southwest Austin. She received her undergraduate degree in business from UT-Austin, and worked in state politics, where she was chief of staff to Republican Rep. Jason Isaac of Dripping Springs.

Troxclair was elected to the Austin City Council in December 2014; her term expires in January 2019.

One of Troxclair’s key issues is transportation. She supports improving bus service, expanding existing roads and supporting ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft. Troxclair was against a measure for a proposed rail system, which failed to get enough votes in the November 2014 election.

Troxclair is a fiscal conservative. She has pushed to change the way revenue from hotel taxes is used; she wants to reallocate the money to go toward Austin’s parks and the preservation of historic buildings.

Troxclair lives in Southwest Austin with her daughter and husband, Caleb. Today, she runs the residential real estate firm LUXE Property Group. She is a committee member for the St. David's Foundation Neal Kocurek Scholarship Fund and a member of the Ballet Austin Guild. 

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

The Austin City Council’s lone conservative, Ellen Troxclair, announced today that she will not run for re-election for her District 8 seat in November.

Troxclair, who represents Southwest Austin, called the decision not to run an “incredibly difficult one.”

In an emailed statement, Troxclair said she was proud to have served as "a voice of reason" and "a fiscal watchdog" on the Council and said the city's taxation and regulation had led it down an "unsustainable path."

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When Austin welcomed its first district-based city council in 2015, it was one of the most diverse councils in the city’s history: majority female, its first-ever Latina council member, plus three fiscal and, at times, social conservatives.