Dora Olivo

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Texas House of Representatives, District 27
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Dora Olivo is a former Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 27 from 1997 to 2011.

Olivo is the Founder of the Lo Nuestro Radio Show, KFRD, serving as host from 1977-1992. She is an attorney and teacher.

Olivo is a Board Member of the Fort Bend Housing Finance Corporation and National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators. She previously served on the Board of the Fort Bend Family Health Clinic and was Director of the Fort Bend Voter Registration Education Project.

Issue positions

Campaign themes

On her website Olivo highlights four issue areas of interest to her:[1]

  • Education - increase state funding for education while reducing residential property taxes, disciplinary schools must provide students with educational opportunities, minimize negative impacts of standardized testing.
  • Healthcare - opposed to cuts in Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), against privatizing state health care providers.
  • Opportunity - fought deregulation of state college and university tuition rates, "defended the “Top Ten Percent Rule” which guarantees students who graduate in the top ten percent of their class are eligible to attend the state college or university of their choice"
  • Clean Air & Water - championing clean air and water, "ensure local governments can safeguard the public's drinking water supply by preventing developers from using grandfathering clauses to circumvent modern day regulations."

  • HB 172 - Relating to the right of a parent of a public school student to immediate notice of certain disciplinary action taken against the student.
  • HB 2119 - Relating to the payment of wages by school districts.
  • HB 2147 - Relating to accountability under the statewide public school accountability system for a student placed in a disciplinary alternative education program.
  • HB 3033 - Relating to campus report cards posted on school district websites.[2]



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Olivo ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 85. Olivo ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and was defeated by Phil Stephenson (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3]

Texas House of Representatives, District 85, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Stephenson 58.3% 28,626
     Democratic Dora Olivo 41.7% 20,435
Total Votes 49,061


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

In the March 2 primary election, Olivo was defeated for the Democratic nomination by Ron Reynolds. Reynolds defeated Olivo by a margin of 5,159-3,791.[4]


On November 4, 2008, Olivo won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 27th District, defeating Steve Host (R). Olivo received 48,415 votes in the election while Host received 25,434 votes.[5] Olivo raised $157,865 for her campaign; Host raised $64,334.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 27
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dora Olivo (D) 48,415 65.55%
Steve Host (R) 25,434 34.44%

Campaign donors


Below are Olivo's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[7]

Contributor 2008 total
House Democratic Campaign Cmte $10,000
Texas Trial Lawyers Assoc $5,000
Charles C Butt $5,000
Border Health PAC $5,000
Texas State Teachers Assoc $4,000

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Preceded by
Texas House District 27
Succeeded by
Ron Reynolds(D)