Cary Bass District E
Cary Bass, 61, was elected to Pasadena City Council in 2015 and has deep roots in Pasadena, where he was born and raised. The son of Ed and Nogie Bass, Councilman Bass’ father was a co-founder of Bass & Meineke Auto, which grew to a chain of 35 locations through the 1980s. The original location at 202 Pasadena Blvd. is still owned and operated by the family since 1958 and Councilman Bass, who began working in the family business at 14, has served as General Manager of Bass & Meineke Automotive from 2005 to present.
He attended South Shaver Elementary, Queens Intermediate and graduated from Pasadena High School in 1972.
He has been married to wife Fran since 1981 and has lived in the same home on Peru Circle since 1982, a 33-year resident of his council district.
They have two sons, both of whom attained the rank of Eagle Scout under Ted Low at the First Methodist Church Pasadena. Brandon, 32, graduated from Sam Rayburn High School and the University of Houston Clear Lake and now works for Houston Pilots Association. Joshua, 29, graduated from Sam Rayburn High School and the University of Houston and works at Ventech in Pasadena.
Daughter Ariel, 25, was a member of the cheerleading squad at Memorial High School, going on to Texas A & M. She currently works for Pinnacle ART in Pasadena.
Councilman Bass has been involved in the community through his civic commitments as well as through his church. He grew up at First Baptist Church in Pasadena, where grandfather Emory Bass was a deacon. Moving to Sagemont Church in 1987, he served as a Sunday school teacher for four-year olds, kindergarten and 10th grade students. He also served in the Church Bus Ministry and sang in the choir.
His service organization and civic commitments include Rotary Club of Pasadena, Lakewood Yacht Club (where he served as Assistant Treasurer to the Board of Directors), the Bayou Banjo Club and the Unwinders RV Club. Councilman Bass is the 2015 Chairman of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Pasadena Second Century Corporation’s Board of Directors.
Councilman Bass was pleased to accept the 2013 Business of the Year Award for Bass & Meineke Automotive and the P.I.S.D. 2014-2015 Outstanding Business Volunteer of the Year recognition.
He has served as Chairman of the Taste of the Town for the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, Pasadena ISD Automotive Shadowing Program, San Jacinto College Automotive Program and the Pasadena High School mentor program. He serves in the music ministry for Church Under the Bridge, a Houston Homeless Ministry Program sponsored by Thousand Hills Ministry as well as under Ted Poe in the Harris County District Courts Grand Jury.
In his spare time, he enjoys playing the guitar, banjo, ukulele and singing. He also enjoys gardening and proudly displays the latest vegetable he’s growing. Sporting and recreational interests include offshore fishing, hunting, skiing, scuba diving and travel.