Art Pronin got his BA in Political Science and History from the University of St. Thomas in 2002, graduating Summa Cum Laude. His Masters in History is from the University of Houston was attained in 2006, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He was born and raised here in Houston and since the age of 18 has been active in politics. He was the youngest precinct chair in 1998 in the Democratic Party. He has been a consistent organizer, forming the University of St Thomas College Democrats in 2000. Art has worked for many institutions including Holocaust Museum Houston.
In 2007 Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee asked Art to be on her committee for Hillary Clinton's campaign. It was there where he meet the city's many activists and learned techniques on networking and growing organizations. He had multiple meetings with Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and members of the Black Caucus helping organizing events.
He has written for several progressive blogs and news sites. In 2011 he got elected President of Meyerland Area Democrats Club in southwest Houston. Little did he know then how much it would change his life. He proved to be very good at growing and organizing this organization into a powerhouse for the Democratic Party and the community at large. Numerous high profile speakers have come to this club including James Carville, Rep. Joaquin Castro, Wendy Davis, Rep. Lizzie Fletcher, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Rep. Al Green, Rep. Sylvia Garcia, and a host of state representatives and senators such as Kirk Watson.
Meyerland Area Democrats was cited as key in Mayor Sylvester Turner's win in 2015, as well many other races in town. Art has appeared in the New York Times, Houston Chronicle, Politico, AP News, Houston Public Media, Jewish Herald Voice, and NPR.
He has meet with a number of well known figures including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Pres. Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen Kamala Harris, Julian Castro, Dolores Huerta, Gloria Steinem, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Sen. Russ Feingold, Luci Baines Johnson, Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, Beto O'Rourke, Wendy Davis, and numerous members of the Texas Legislature.
Art was part of Sisters United from its start with his late friend Diane Mosier. He has assisting in creating or expanding many other groups in Houston to bolster activism. His GOTV operations in his community are the template for others around the state.