Barbara Ann Radnofsky

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Barbara Ann Radnofsky
BAR speech flags.jpg
Former candidate for
Attorney General of Texas
Personal website
Barbara Ann Radnofsky (born July 8, 1956, in Broomall, Pennsylvania) was a Democratic candidate who ran for Attorney General of Texas in the 2010 election. She announced her candidacy in late-October 2009 challenging incumbent Republican Greg Abbott for the statewide office.[1] However, nearly a full year later, Radnofsky lost in the general election on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 after receiving thirty-three percent of the vote.


  • Bachelor's degree, University of Houston (1976) magna cum laude
  • Juris Doctorate degree, University of Texas School of Law (1979) with honors

Professional experience

Prior to entering the Texan political stage, Radnofsky served as both a lawyer and mediator for the Houston-based private practice law firm of Vinson and Elkins, LLP. She remained there for twenty-seven years, eventually becoming a partner and head of the firm's section on alternative dispute resolution before retiring in April 2006 in order to focus on her senatorial campaign.


Rape kits

In a video located on her attorney general campaign website, Radnofsky accused Republican incumbent Greg Abbott of requiring "rape victims [to] pay for the rape kit," or, in other words, the "forensic exam, which is done by medical professionals to collect physical evidence for the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault suspects."[2] Texas state law, however, dictates otherwise, placing responsibility in the hands of local law enforcement agencies to cover the cost of the hospital rape kits when the victim chooses to report the crime. If the victim decides against pursuing prosecution, it is the Texas Department of Public Safety that is required to pay for the exam. The latter statement did not become effective until HB 2626 was passed by the State Legislature and signed by the governor on June 19, 2009.[3] Prior to this measure, which amended the state's version of the Violence Against Women Act, "the attorney general did not have the authority to change a policy that was mandated by state law."[4]

Other roles

  • Vice Chair of Programming, Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee of the International Association of Defense Counsel (2002-2003)
  • Chair, Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee of the International Association of Defense Counsel (2003-2004)
  • Vice-Chair, Anti-Defamation League, Southwest Region (2004-2006)
  • Board Member, Friends of the Texas Medical Center Library



See also: Texas Attorney General election, 2010
Barbara Ann Radnofsky for Attorney General of Texas Campaign logo
  • 2010 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary
  • Barbara Ann Radnofsky ran unopposed in this contest

On November 2, 2010, Greg Abbott won re-election to the office of Texas Attorney General. He defeated Barbara Ann Radnofsky (D) and Jon Roland (L) in the general election.

Texas Attorney General, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Abbott Incumbent 64.1% 3,151,064
     Democratic Barbara Ann Radnofsky 33.7% 1,655,859
     Libertarian Jon Roland 2.3% 112,118
Total Votes 4,919,041
Election Results Via: Texas Secretary of State


2006 Race for United States Senate - Democratic Primary[5]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Barbara Ann Radnofsky (D) 43.1% [6]
Gene Kelly (D) 31.2%
Darrel Reece Hunter (D) 18.7%
Total votes 500,785
2006 Race for United States Senate - Democratic Primary Runoff[7]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Barbara Ann Radnofsky (D) 60.2%
Gene Kelly (D) 39.8%
Total votes 207,252
2006 Race for United States Senate - General Election[8]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) 61.7%
Barbara Ann Radnofsky (D) 36.0%
Scott Lanier Jameson (Libertarian) 2.3%
Total votes 4,314,663

Campaign contributions

2006 Race for United States Senate - Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,482,207
Total Raised by Primary Opponent N/A
Total Raised by Gen. Election Opponent $9,248,720
Top 5 Contributors Vinson & Elkins $94,900 (6.40% of Total)
Fulbright & Jaworski $23,725 (1.60%)
Fibich, Hampton et al $13,300 (0.90%)
University of Texas $9,807 (0.66%)
Franklin, Cardwell & Jones $9,700 (0.65%)
Individuals v. Institutions $1,424,008 (96%)
$49,890 (3%)
In v. Outside State $1,011,167 (87%)
$145,436 (13%)


Radnofsky currently resides in Houston, Texas with her husband, Ed Supkis. The couple has had three children together - Danielle, Max, and Michaela. She is also a practicing member of Judaism.


  • Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas (1988)
  • W. Quinn Jordan Memorial Award (1993) from the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB)

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