Travis County Lawmaker Touts Her Experience and Effectiveness in Bid For Another Two-Year Term
(AUSTIN) – Today, State Representative Donna Howard announced her campaign for re-election to the Texas Legislature. She has served House District 48, which falls within a portion of Travis County, since 2006.
“It has been my great honor to represent the people of House District 48,” Howard said. “I am proud of the work that we have been able to accomplish together, and excited to continue as their voice at the Capitol. We share a deep commitment to healthy families, equal opportunity, and responsible government, and I hope they will support my bid for another term.”
In the recent 85th Regular Session, Rep. Howard successfully shepherded a wide variety of proposals through the legislative process. These included an expansion of breastfeeding access at the Capitol, better ensuring transferability and affordability within our colleges and universities, and increasing the transparency of our state health agencies. She also built on her efforts to address the persistent problem of violence against nurses in the health care workplace, by establishing a grant program to fund innovative prevention techniques.
“My legislative agenda was quite ambitious this session, and it is gratifying to guide so many important measures over the finish line,” Howard said. “I am especially proud to have passed bills which came about through meetings with constituents, such as the creation of a secure and confidential online tracking system for rape kits and allowing extended leave for state-employed veterans seeking medical and mental health care.”
Rep. Howard’s success came despite intense friction between the Texas House, Senate, and Governor’s Office, and an increasing partisan divide. Throughout these circumstances, she maintained her reputation as a thoughtful, dedicated lawmaker working for common-sense solutions to real problems.
“Without a doubt, the 85th Legislature was one of the most difficult in recent memory,” Howard stated. “Many of the same challenges are sure to continue in the next session, and will be compounded by the impacts of Hurricane Harvey and an unpredictable federal administration. My seniority and experience will be indispensable, and if re-elected I will continue to effectively collaborative with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to advocate for House District 48 and the state as a whole.”
For the past three sessions, Howard has sat on the House Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittee on the budget article related to education spending. She serves as Vice-Chair of the Calendars Committee, which schedules bills for consideration on the House floor, and is a longtime member of both the Higher Education and the House Administration Committees.
To kick off her re-election campaign, Rep. Howard will host a reception on Monday, November 13th from 6:00 – 7:30pm at Juliet Italian Restaurant, 1500 Barton Springs Road. Information on the event, including details on sponsorships and individual ticket purchases, can be found at www.votedonna.com.
Howard is a native of Austin. Prior to serving in the Texas House, she worked as a Critical Care Nurse at Brackenridge and Seton Hospitals and served as a Trustee of the Eanes Independent School District. She and her husband, attorney Derek Howard, have three adult children and four perfect grandchildren.