Dawnna Dukes

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Dawnna Dukes
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Texas State House, District 46
In office
1995 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 20
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1994
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sTexas A&M University
Office website
Campaign website
Dawnna Dukes is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 46 since 1995. She served as political director of the 1996 Texas Clinton/Gore Campaign.


Dukes is the Owner and Business Consultant for DM Dukes and Associates, Incorporated. She previously worked as a Criminal Justice Facilities Planner from 1987-1993.

Dukes is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Beta Psi Omega Graduate Chapter, Atlanta Council of Young Political Leaders, Flemming Fellowship Program, Center for Policy Alternative, Leadership Austin, and The Links, Incorporated, Austin Chapter.[1]

Representative Dukes is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Psychology. She is the owner of DM Dukes and Associates, Inc., a consulting firm; a member of the Links, Inc.-Austin Chapter and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.-Beta Psi Omega Graduate Chapter.

Committee assignments


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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Culture, Recreation, & Tourism, Vice-chair


Dukes served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:


  • HB 582 - Relating to informing the parents and guardians of certain children about the availability of the child health plan and medical assistance programs.
  • HB 744 - Relating to the restoration of the medically needy program under the state Medicaid program.
  • HB 873 - Relating to incentives for the film, television, video, and digital interactive media production industries.
  • HB 1238 - Relating to sanctions that may be imposed on public school campuses identified as academically unacceptable for two consecutive school years.[2]



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Dukes ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 46. Dukes ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and defeated Andy Fernandez (L) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Texas House of Representatives, District 46, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDawnna Dukes Incumbent 86.5% 35,560
     Libertarian Andy Fernandez 13.5% 5,572
Total Votes 41,132


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Dukes won re-election in District 46. She was unopposed in the March 2 Democratic primary and defeated Libertarian George Emery in the November 2 general election.[5]

Texas House of Representatives, District 46
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dawnna Dukes (D) 18,430 84.18%
George Emery (L) 3,462 15.81%


On November 4, 2008, Dukes won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 46th District, defeating Allen Hacker (L). Dukes received 34,353 votes in the election while Hacker received 5,351 votes.[6] Dukes raised $433,659 for her campaign.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 46
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dawnna Dukes (D) 34,353 86.52%
Allen Hacker (L) 5,351 13.47%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


Dukes raised a total of $110,949 in 2010. Below are Isaac's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[8]

Contributor 2010 total
Border Health $5,000
Mulholland, Royce $5,000
Bill Messer PC $3,239
Associated General Contractors of Texas $3,000
Texas Events PAC $2,500


Below are Dukes's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[9]

Contributor 2008 total
Watts Law Firm $67,880
Bob J Perry $34,000
Texas for Economic Development PAC $20,000
Texas Assoc of Realtors $19,519
AT&T $13,000


Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

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."[10] Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.


Dawnna Dukes received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

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