Gregorio "Greg" Casar is a native Texan, the son of Mexican immigrants, and an Austin City Council Member representing District 4 for his second term. Greg’s priorities include social equity, shared prosperity, affordability, environmental stewardship, and public safety for all.
Since taking office, Council Member Casar has worked to ensure North Austin families have a seat at the table when it comes to decision-making at City Hall. In his first term Casar helped organize the first two tenants associations at mobile home parks in Austin—both located in District 4—which unified against unlawful and unfair actions in their community including evictions.
Council Member Casar has championed civil rights and economic opportunity. He authored the initiative making Austin the first Fair Chance Hiring city in the South. These new rules provide an opportunity for Austinites to be judged based on their potential rather than solely on their conviction history. Casar sponsored and passed over a dozen major housing initiatives aimed at keeping working-class and middle-class people in Austin. These initiatives dedicated unprecedented amounts of city budget dollars to affordable housing construction and rehabilitation programs, and made changes in Austin’s urban planning to combat economic segregation in housing.
Council Member Casar has advocated for a comprehensive community policing program for North Austin and better staffing for emergency services workers. He worked to bring several new or improved park spaces to District 4, which has the least amount of park space out of all City Council districts. Casar initiated policies to raise the minimum wage for both city employees and private-sector workers on city contracts. He also fought to ensure North Austin’s transportation issues are a priority for all of City Hall by dedicating funding to fix Austin’s most dangerous intersections—many of those in District 4—and worked with constituents to bring needed sidewalks and crosswalks to neighborhood schools.
A graduate of the University of Virginia, Greg previously served as the Policy Director for Workers Defense Project, where he spearheaded campaigns that won major policy reforms to improve wages, education, and workplace safety across Austin, garnering national attention. First elected in 2014, Greg is the youngest City Council Member in Austin’s history and serves as District 4’s first-ever direct representative. Greg’s efforts were recognized by Austin Chronicle readers, who voted him as the 2015 “Best Elected City Official.”