Director District 2

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PEC Board President

Incumbent District 2 Director
Twitter: @EmilyforPEC

Emily Pataki is the Board President and District 2 Director for Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC). She was elected to the Board in 2014. In 2015, the PEC Board selected Pataki to serve as Vice President before unanimously electing her President in 2016. During her first term, Pataki has remained consistently focused on achieving the goals she laid out for Co-op members during her initial candidacy and asks for your vote to continue working on your behalf.

Emily Pataki’s Continuing Pledge to Members:

“I recognize that every dollar at PEC comes from our member-owners. These funds should be safeguarded, conserved, and ultimately returned. Board members should abide by our fiduciary duties and deliver low-cost, safe, and reliable electricity to co-op members.”


Since Pataki joined the Board in 2014, the PEC Board has:

REDUCED member bills by 17%.
– When Emily ran for the Board in 2014, PEC electric rates were well above the state average. Today, after seven consecutive rate reductions, members’ rates are solidly below the state average.
RETURNED nearly $30 million in Capital Credits to members.
REFUNDED $8 million in excess annual revenue resulting from surplus power sales through a Revenue Adjustment Factor (RAF) credit on member bills in 2015 and 2016
SAVED nearly $5 million in annual operating costs through the implementation of a leaner, more co-op specific enterprise software system. Additionally, widespread adoption of paperless billing and eDraft options has saved millions in annual postage, paper costs, and processing fees.
LIMITED Board expenses by capping travel and associated reimbursements, reigning in the costs that had been ballooning under prior Boards. Pataki personally led this effort to better align the Board with a fiscally responsible governance model.


Emily Pataki believes in prioritizing the needs of PEC’s member towns and cities over the agendas of Austin activist environmental groups. She has cultivated better working relationships between PEC and city councils, commissioners’ courts, chambers of commerce, and other community development entities to ensure coordination of efforts and the best utilization of our resources. As a testament to her efforts, Pataki has received the endorsements of many community leaders and elected officials in District 2, including:

State Senator Charles Schwertner
State Representative Tony Dale
State Representative Larry Gonzales
State Representative Terry Wilson
Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody
Williamson County Commissioner Cynthia Long
Cedar Park Mayor Matt Powell
Leander Mayor Chris Fielder
Cedar Park City Councilman Lyle Grimes
Cedar Park City Councilman Jon Lux
Cedar Park City Councilman Corbin Van Arsdale
Leander Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Seiler
Leander City Councilwoman Andrea Navarrette
The Georgetown Advocate Newspaper


During Pataki’s first term, the PEC Board made smart investments on behalf of members:

PARTNERED with LCRA to offer an introductory rate to new commercial customers that could bring substantial new electricity sales and jobs to benefit PEC members
SECURED land in Leander for a future regional campus to serve the needs of District 2 members.
SUPPORTED local organizations through an Opt-In “Power of Change” program that enables members to round up their monthly bills to fund various charitable causes
SPONSORED high school students through a generous scholarship program funded by abandoned escheat dollars

Emily Pataki Brings Beneficial Personal, Professional Experience to PEC Board

Pataki brings over a decade of board experience to PEC. She served as the President, Vice-President, and is the current legislative chair of the Williamson County Republican Women. In 2014 she was named a Texas Federation of Republican Women honoree for her work on behalf of Texas women. In 2011 Pataki was appointed to the Cedar Park Website Redevelopment Board as a citizen representative. Pataki was also named to the Board of the Association of Women in Energy (AWE) in 2015, an organization that sponsors women to the highest levels of the energy sector. In 2017 Pataki joined the Board of Atec, Inc., an aerospace engineering firm based in Houston that provides high quality systems for the aerospace and energy industries.

Emily Pataki is a 7th generation Texan and has lived in Cedar Park since 2008. She graduated from Yale University, where she lettered in Division I Varsity Softball, wrote for the Yale Daily News, was Vice President of her sorority, and hosted her own conservative talk radio show. She is an independent writing consultant for corporations, individuals, and non-profits. Pataki is married to USMC veteran Ted Pataki, who works for the Knights of Columbus in Central Texas. Together they have three children: Stephen; Marianne; and George. The Pataki family attends St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Cedar Park.