Donna Howard – Biographical Profile and Positions on the Issues

Currently Elected State Representative District 48, Texas

Texas Democratic Party
2005 Lakeshore Dr.Austin, TX 78746
(512) 463-0631
General (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)

A seasoned professional with years of hands-on experience in the areas of public health and public education, State Representative Donna Howard’s policy expertise and leadership skills have earned her a place at the center of the growing effort to champion mainstream values in the Texas legislature.

Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)

Howard is a native of Austin. Married to Austin attorney Derek Howard, Representative Howard is the mother of three adult children.

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)

She worked as a critical care nurse at Brackenridge and Seton hospitals, was the first hospital-based Patient Education Coordinator in Austin, and helped start the Seton Good Health School.

Health Education instructor at UT.

Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)

Board Member, Common Cause

Board Member, Expanding Horizons Foundation

Board Member, Texas Freedom Network

President, District 5, Texas Nurses' Association.

A recognized expert on public education, Howard was elected to the Eanes ISD board in West Austin, where she served from 1996 to 1999 and was certified as a Master School Trustee by the Texas Association of School Boards. She co-founded the parent organization Advocates for Eanes Schools and helped form the Texas Education Crisis Coalition, a grassroots group of parents, business owners and community leaders working together to tackle the public school finance issue.

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)

Representative, Texas State House of Representatives, 2006-present

Won Special Election, Texas State House of Representatives, February 2006

Candidate, Texas State Board of Education, 2000, 2002

Member, Eanes Independent School District Board, 1996-1999.

Religion (current and past religious affiliations, beliefs)

Board Member, Austin Area Interreligious Ministries

Accomplishments (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)

She has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumna of both The University of Texas School of Nursing and The University of Texas Department of Kinesiology and Health Education.

Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)

Certified, Master School Trustee, Texas Association of School Boards

MA, Health Education, University of Texas, 1977

BA, Nursing, University of Texas, 1974.

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