Donna Howard

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Donna Howard
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Texas House of Representatives, District 48
Incumbent
In office
2006 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 8
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedFebruary 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolReagan High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas
Master'sUniversity of Texas
Personal
ProfessionCritical care nurse
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Donna Howard is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 48. She was first elected to the chamber in a February 2006 special election.

Biography

Howard 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. She has also served as president of the Texas Nurses’ Association (District 5) and as a Health Education instructor at UT.

Howard is a co-founder of Advocates for Eanes Schools, and sits on the Board of the Expanding Horizons Foundation. She is a former board member of Austin Area Interreligious Ministries, Common Cause, and the Texas Freedom Network and formerly served as president of the Texas Nurses' Association, District 5.

Howard was a candidate for the Texas State Board of Education in 2000 and 2002, and served on the Eanes Independent School District Board from 1996-1999.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Howard served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations
Higher Education
House Administration, Vice-chair
Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Ed Governance, Excellence & Transparency

2011-2012

During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Howard served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

2009-2010

During the 2009-2010 legislative session, Howard served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issues

  • HB 506 - Relating to the establishment and implementation of a school-based influenza vaccination pilot program.
  • HB 723 - Relating to certain activities by, employment of, and contracts of former members of the legislature; creating offenses
  • HB 771 - Relating to sanctions available for certain academically unacceptable campuses.
  • HB 772 - Relating to Internet broadcasts of open meetings held by the State Board of Education.[2]

Elections

2014

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. Those candidates who did not receive 50% or more of the vote in their party primary on March 4 faced an additional May 27 primary runoff. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Donna Howard was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Howard will face Ben Easton (L) in the general election.[3][4][5]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Howard won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 48. Howard ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and won re-election in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 48, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDonna Howard Incumbent 59.2% 46,512
     Republican Robert Dartanian Thomas 35.5% 27,922
     Libertarian Joe Edgar 5.3% 4,134
Total Votes 78,568

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Howard won re-election in District 48. She was unopposed in the March 2 Democratic primary and defeated Republican Dan Neil and Libertarian Ben Easton in the November 2 general election.[6]

2008

On November 4, 2008, Howard won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 48th District, defeating Pamela Waggoner (R) and Ben Easton (L). Howard received 39,748 votes in the election while Waggoner received 31,028 votes, and Easton received 3,174 votes.[6] Howard raised $283,482 for her campaign; Waggoner raised $42,610.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 48
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Donna Howard (D) 39,748 53.74%
Pamela Waggoner (R) 31,028 41.95%
Ben Easton (L) 3,174 4.29%

2006 Special Election

On February 14, 2006, Howard won special election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's District 48, defeating Ben Bentzin (R).[6]

Howard raised $452,574 for her campaign, while Bentzin raised 819,669.[8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 48 (Special Election 2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Donna Howard (D) 12,620
Ben Bentzin (R) 9,284

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Howard is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Howard raised a total of $1,557,351 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 24, 2013.[9]

Donna Howard's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 48 Won $398,058
2010 Texas State House, District 48 Won $354,948
2008 Texas State House, District 48 Won $283,482
2006 Texas State House, District 48 Won $452,574
2002 Texas Board of Education Defeated $5,662
2000 Texas Board of Education Defeated $62,627
Grand Total Raised $1,557,351

2012

Howard won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Howard raised a total of $398,058.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Donna Howard's campaign in 2012
Texas Trial Lawyers Association$17,500
AT&T$5,820
Border Health$5,000
Texas A&M University System$5,000
Slack & Davis$4,025
Total Raised in 2012$398,058
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Howard won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Howard raised a total of $354,948.

2008

Howard won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Howard raised a total of $283,482.

2006

Howard won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Howard raised a total of $452,574.

2002

Howard lost the election for the Texas Board of Education in 2002. During that election cycle, Howard raised a total of $5,662.

2000

Howard lost the election for the Texas Board of Education in 2010. During that election cycle, Howard raised a total of $62,627.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Texas

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Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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2013

In 2013, the Texas State Legislature was in its 83rd legislative session from January 8 through May 27. Thirty minutes after the regular session ended, Governor Rick Perry called legislators back for a special session starting that evening.[10] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[11]

  • Legislators are scored on bills which relate to economic freedom, the size and scope of government, and individual liberty.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions, and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills with the greatest impact on Texas’ environment and public health.
  • Equality Texas - Equality Texas rankings for the Texas House during the 83rd regular legislative session
  • Legislators are assigned grades reflecting votes on LGBT issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to taxes and property rights.
  • Legislators are scored based on issues critical to businesses, taxpayers and families.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • The 2013 TLCV scorecard covers a range of votes and issues, including: water, global warming, environmental regulation, clean energy, clean air, good government, oil and gas regulation, and energy efficiency.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for Amendments 2, 12, 51, 95 and 118.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for House Bill 2.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.

2011

In 2011, the Texas State Legislature was in its 82nd legislative session from January 11 through May 30. A special session was called for May 31 through June 29.[11]

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions, and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes on social issues, economic issues and other issues.
  • The Humane Scorecard assesses support on a broad range of animal protection issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to environment and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
  • Legislators are scored based on 56 House votes and 38 Senate votes that offer clear public policy choice.

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." Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.

2013

Howard received a score of 18.6 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Howard and her husband, Derek, have three children.

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