Barbara Mallory Caraway

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Barbara Caraway
Barbara Mallory Caraway.jpg
Candidate for
U.S. House, Texas, District 30
Prior offices
Texas State House, District 110
High schoolPalo Duro High School
Bachelor'sTexas Southern University
Place of birthClarksville, Texas
ProfessionSmall business owner
Campaign website
Barbara Caraway was a 2014 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 30th Congressional District of Texas. She previously ran unsuccessfully for the seat in 2012.

Caraway is a former Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 110 from 2007 to 2013. She previously served on the Dallas City Council.


Mallory-Caraway is Owner/Founder of Showcase Group, Limited Liability Company. She has also worked as Owner/Founder of Barbara Mallory Caraway and Associates, Co-Host/Producer of the Joe Bagby Morning Show KHVN Heaven 97am, and an After School Program instructor at Nova Charter.[1]

Committee assignments


Mallory-Caraway served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:



  • HB 1052 - Relating to the creation, powers, and duties of film districts.
  • HB 1515 - Relating to sanctions that may be imposed under certain circumstances on academically unacceptable public school campuses.
  • HB 4240 - Relating to the authority of the governing body of a local authority to impose a civil penalty for certain violations recorded by a photographic traffic signal enforcement system.[2]


Police were called to a disturbance at Caraway's home in January 2011. Caraway's husband, Dwaine, who is Dallas mayor pro tem, called Police Chief David Brown personally for assistance. City officials asked the attorney general to allow the city to keep the records of the investigation secret.[3]



See also: Texas' 30th Congressional District elections, 2014

Caraway ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Texas' 30th District. Caraway was defeated by incumbent Eddie Bernice Johnson in the Democratic primary on March 4, 2014.[4][5]

U.S. House, Texas District 30 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEddie Bernice Johnson Incumbent 69.9% 23,756
Barbara Mallory Caraway 30.1% 10,216
Total Votes 33,972
Source: Texas Secretary of State (timed out)


See also: Texas' 30th Congressional District elections, 2012

Caraway ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Texas' 30th District. She was defeated by incumbent Eddie Bernice Johnson in the May 29 Democratic primary.

According to Politico, Johnson's primary competition was serious. Both Caraway and Clayton were legitimate threats to the 10-term Johnson, and Clayton raised significant funds and created a compelling ad. Additionally, national Super PAC Campaign for Primary Accountability launched an ad campaign against the incumbent. For her part, Johnson emphasized her endorsement from Barack Obama, important in a majority-black district.[6]

Opponent targeted

Incumbent Eddie Bernice Johnson was targeted by the Super PAC Campaign for Primary Accountability.[7] The Houston Chronicle reports that the PAC targeted Johnson because she was a long-standing incumbent, her constituents were dissatisfied, and there was a capable challenger.[8] The PAC's efforts benefited Caraway and fellow primary challenger Taj Clayton.[9]


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Mallory-Caraway won re-election in District 110. She was unopposed in the March 2 Democratic primary and faced no opposition in the November 2 general election.[10]

Texas House of Representatives, District 110
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Barbara Mallory-Caraway (D) 15,866 100%


On November 4, 2008, Mallory-Caraway won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from the 110th District, receiving 30,869 votes without opposition.[11] She raised $56,313 for her campaign.[12]

Texas House of Representatives, District 110
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Barbara Mallory-Caraway (D) 30,869 100.00%

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Caraway's reports.


Mallory-Caraway raised a total of $59,496 in 2010. Below are her top five campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[17]

Contributor 2010 total
Border Health $10,000
Chickasaw Nation $5,000
Hillco Partners $1,800
Texas Trial Lawyers Association $1,500
Texas Association of Realtors $1,500


Mallory-Caraway raised $56,313 in 2008. Her top five campaign contributors are listed below.[18]

Contributor 2008 total
Border PAC $5,000
Gene Phillips $2,500
Linebarger Heard Goggan Blair Graham Pena & Sampson $2,000
H Ross Perot Jr $2,000
Apartment Assoc of Greater Dallas $2,000


Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

See also: Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index and Empower Texans

Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy."[19] Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.


Barbara Mallory-Caraway received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

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  1. Project Vote Smart - Rep. Mallory-Caraway
  2. Texas Legislature - Bills Authored/Joint Authored by Rep. Mallory-Caraway
  3. City of Dallas withholding info on incident at home of Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway and his wife, state Rep. Barbara Mallory Caraway, Texas Watchdog,
  4. Texas Secretary of State, "2014 March Primary Election Candidate Filings by County," accessed December 10, 2013
  5. The Texas Tribune, "Primary 2014 Election Results," March 4, 2014
  6. Politico, "5 incumbents facing primary fight," May 3, 2012
  7. Texas Watchdog, "Houston super PAC aims to defeat Texas congressmen," April 10, 2012
  8. Houston Chronicle blog, "Houston-based super PAC targeting more Texas incumbents," April 8, 2012
  9. New York Times, "In Democratic Primary, Taking On a Dallas Institution," April 26, 2012
  10. Official Texas Election Results (timed out)
  11. Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current Election History," accessed February 24, 2014
  12. District 110 Texas House candidate funds, 2008
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Barbara Mallory Caraway April Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Barbara Mallory Caraway July Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Barbara Mallory Caraway October Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Barbara Mallory Caraway Year-End," accessed February 13, 2014
  17. Follow the Money, "2010 Contributions," accessed January 1, 2015
  18. Follow the Money, "2008 contributions," accessed November 20, 2014
  19. Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index," accessed February 22, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Texas House District 110
Succeeded by
Toni Rose (D)