| Marie Herndon
Marie Herndon was born in Prairie View, and attended public schools in Prairie View and Corpus Christi, Texas. She, as her parents, Daniel and Kathryn Herndon; and, two of her children, graduated from Prairie View University.
After college graduation, she moved to Los Angeles, where she stayed for 35 years until her retirement from Los Angeles Unified District where she served as a teacher, counselor, discipline dean, and special programs coordinator, as well as a Los Angeles County Probation Officer. She earned her Master’s Degree from Loyola University; Los Angeles, California.
Following retirement, Marie returned to Prairie View where she sought a quiet, relaxing life of leisure. However, she has yet to find that, for after 5 months, she found herself actively involved in municipal government. Initially, the Prairie View City Council appointed her as a Director on the Economic Development 4-B Corporation Board. After serving in that capacity for approximately 4 months, she was appointed to fill a vacated position on the Prairie View City Council. At the end of her appointed term in office, she was elected, in 2003, to remain in that position. Since then, she has been re-elected to the city council for six consecutive terms; and, is currently Mayor Pro Tem.
While on the City Council, she has continued to serve as an Economic Development Corporation 4-B Director, has taken the lead on developing both the city’s first family park, and the first official city sign, which is prominently displayed on U.S. Highway 290 at the entrance to the city. Marie continues to diligently work with the university and city to form a productive, cooperative working relationship between the city and the university while serving on the university’s Safety Committee and the “Communiversity Team”. Marie represents the city of Prairie View on The Waller County Economic Development Partnership Board of Directors, The Waller County Sub-Regional Planning Commission, and Citizens for a Better Waller County. Additionally, she is a licensed realtor.
Her memberships include Mt. Corinth Missionary Baptist Church, Texas Municipal League and its affiliate Texas Association of Black City Council Members (TABCCM)—where she serves as President, Texas Retired Teachers, Houston Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, Houston Apartment Owners Association, Prairie View University National Alumni Association, and The Prairie View Athletic Club, and the American Cancer Society.
Marie is the mother of three and grandmother of seven. Her son, Rodney Gray, is a first responder, Lieutenant on the Prairie View Volunteer Fire Department, where he also serves as Safety Officer. Councilwoman Herndon is also a twelve-year cancer survivor.