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Donna Howard
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Texas State House, District 48
In office
2006 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 9
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
High schoolReagan High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas
Master'sUniversity of Texas
Office website
Campaign website
Donna Howard is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 48 since winning a special election in February 2006. She 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.


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.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Higher Education
House Administration, Vice-chair


Howard served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:


  • 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]



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.[3]

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


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.[4]


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.[5] Howard raised $283,482 for her campaign; Waggoner raised $42,610.[6]

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).[7]

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


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

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Political offices
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Texas House District 48
Succeeded by