Brian Elder was born and raised here in Mid-Michigan. He has practiced law here since 1998, representing working families and small businesses in the community. Brian comes from three generations of UAW workers. His father, Al Elder, was a UAW Representative for Local 599 in Flint for 17 years, inspiring Brian’s passion for fighting on behalf of working families. Brian has volunteered for several organizations in Bay County, including serving on the board of directors for the Salvation Army, Do All Inc. and Bay Future Inc.
Brian is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys camping, hunting and fishing, especially with his wife and children. He has enjoyed coaching youth sports, including for the Bay County Road Runners Wrestling, Northeast Little League and the Bay City Public Schools Flag Football Program.
Brian was the first in his family to graduate from college. He attended Wayne State University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Betta Kappa with a Bachelor’s degree in History. While at Wayne State, Brian worked his way through school by working various jobs including as a plant security guard at Buick City and as a shipping clerk in a Barnes and Noble warehouse. He earned his Law degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1998 with high honors in oral advocacy and property law.
Brian proudly served as Bay County’s 7th District County Commissioner for eight years (2003-2010). He also served as the Chair of the Board of Commissioners and Chair of the Ways and Means committee. Brian was an acknowledged leader in economic development and was instrumental in the creation of Bay Future Inc., the $20 million Fabiano Bros. development, and numerous other community development projects. Brian was the leading force behind creating the Bay County Dog Park, “Central Bark”, and was a strong advocate for the Pinconning Park and the Keit’s Wetland. Brian helped to produce eight consecutive balanced budgets, without any tax increases, without any layoffs, and with no cuts to County services.
After being elected to the Michigan House of Representatives, Brian was asked to by his caucus leadership to serve as an Assistant Floor Leader.
He was appointed the Minority Vice Chair of the House Agriculture Committee and serves on the House Energy Committee as well as the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.
Brian has authored a bill that would prohibit insurance companies from raising auto insurance rates if a driver had an accident caused by a pothole. He has introduced legislation to give parents leave time from their employers to attend parent-teacher conferences and other school-related functions. He also introduced a bill to exempt feminine hygiene products from the state’s sales tax.
Brian has played a lead role in advocating for a Health Care Bill of Rights as well as legislation to protect Prescription Drug Affordability.
Brian met his wife, Susan, in 1995 and they have been married since 1997. Upon graduation from UCLA, Brian and Susan chose to return to their roots in Mid-Michigan to start a family. Susan teaches German at Bay City Central and Handy Middle School. Brian and Susan are the proud parents of Brian, Daniel, and Johanna. The Elders are members of the All Saints Parish in Bay City, and Brian is a longtime member of St. Stan’s Knights of Columbus Council #12423 and the Bay County Ancient Order of Hibernians.