Bruce was born and raised in Houston where his parents Martin and Eileen Elfant included him in their work for equal rights and social justice. After graduating from the University of Texas in 1980, Bruce committed himself to public service. More than two decades later he continues to fight the good fight – making government more efficient responsive to peoople’s needs.
Bruce has served as Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar since 2013. He served as Travis County Precinct 5 Constable from 1992-2012. Bruce’s leadership and passion has led to significant victories for the people he represents: reducing domestic violence, enforcing child support, ensuring access rights for all citizens, reducing truancy and juvenile crimes, and helping veterans return to the community.
Well known for his work in the Democratic Party and numerous causes, Bruce is deeply involved in the community. He has served on a number of boards and sponsors an annual ice cream social that raises thousands of dollars for important non profit organizations.
In addition to dozens of awards and recognitions, Bruce recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the University (of Texas) Democrats and the “Yeller Dawg” Democrat of the Year from the South Austin Democrats. Though his a lifelong Democrat, Bruce has always had an impeccable reputation for keeping politics separate from his duties as a public servant.
Bruce is married to Lisa Harris and together they have three beautiful dogs. In addition to being an animal lover, he is an avid Longhorn fan, skier, and button collector.
Bachelor of Science in Communications, University of Texas at Austin (1980)
Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, Austin Community College (1994)
Peace Officer License, Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and Officer Standards