Ben will be the first out LGBTQ Asian American elected to Harris County government!
Benjamin Chou is a Progressive Democrat running for Harris County Commissioner, Precinct 4. He previously worked as the Director of Innovation for the Harris County Elections Department where he created drive thru voting, a service that nearly 130,000 residents used to cast their ballot during the 2020 general election. Prior to that, he worked for Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. He’s managed and worked on campaigns in Illinois, Maryland, Iowa, and Texas. He co-founded VoteSimple, a nonprofit voter registration organization dedicated to registering people of color and LGBTQIA Texans. He has a JD and MBA from Northwestern University, a BA from Rice University, and has won national recognition as a Paul and Daisy Soros New American Fellow, Harry S. Truman Scholar, and Morris K. Udall Scholar. In 2021, he was featured in the Houston Chronicle as an Asian American changemaker helping to shape Houston’s future.