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Chairman's Bio

Chairman Trahan was elected the youngest countywide officeholder in March 2020. He was sworn in that same year in late June. His leadership strengthened the party's finances, secured a two year lease to keep the current HQ, established a Sustaining Membership Fund, raised over $250,000 during a pandemic, provided support to elected officeholders, improved party communications, and pointed organizational efforts in the direction of growth.  


Chairman Trahan is a proud graduate of Hamshire-Fannett High School and the University of Texas at Austin. He has served in numerous leadership roles over the last decade and remains politically active. He is the former assistant to Congressman Nick Lampson and is a national team member with Phalen Leadership Academy. He serves on the boards of two non-profits, Land Manor and The Children's Center, Inc. He is a member of NAACP Beaumont, Southeast Texas Young Professionals, Young Democrats of Southeast Texas, and the Knights of Columbus. 

He is a fifth generation Jefferson County resident with deep ties in the community and strong organizing skills. Chairman Trahan is the son of Sgt. Howard J. Trahan, III of the Beaumont Police Department and Dr. Fonda Woodsmall, Ed.D. His paternal grandparents are Howard J. Trahan, Jr. and Loyce Trahan. Howard was a prominent civil rights leader and politician who served on the Beaumont Independent School District's Board of Trustees for over 20 years. His maternal grandparents are Ed and Faye Woodsmall. Ed is a retired captain from the Beaumont Police Department and Faye is a retired sergeant as well as the city's first female police officer. It is because of his family that he is a staunch supporter of unions, public education, and the Democratic Party.

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