Ellen Cohen

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Ellen Cohen
Texas House of Representatives District 134
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Democratic
Ellen Cohen was a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives. She represented District 134 from 2007 to 2010.

Cohen is President/Chief Executive Officer of the Houston Area Women's Center, and Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee.

She is a Board Member of the American Leadership Forum, President of the Association of Executive Directors of the United Way, member of Boards of Congregation Beth Israel, President of HCA Medical Center Hospital Board, and founder of Reach to Recovery of Canada.[1]

Issue positions

On her website Cohen lists five main issues and her positions:[2]

  • Excellence in Education - "Our schools should strike the proper balance between accountability for student achievement and respect for the professionalism of our teachers."
  • Accessible & Innovative Healthcare - "We must get the most out of every healthcare dollar in order to meet the challenges of our region's growing population. As a cancer survivor, I will fight for funding to ensure we continue to be a global leader in medical research and development."
  • Environment - "Texas must pass common sense standards to reduce the dangerous chemical concentrations found in Houston's air. Economic growth and environmental conscience are not on opposite ends of the political spectrum. Efficiency and conservation will reduce both costs to businesses and the demand for resources."
  • Personal Life Decisions - "Personal life decisions should be made by individuals, not the government." "We must respect individuals with the dignity each of us deserves. We do not want the government to tell us when life begins, how it should end, or with whom we should spend it."
  • Public Safety - "I believe that the penalties on the books need to be enforced so that predators and pedophiles stay behind bars and off our streets, and that protecting our children should be the first priority."
  • Fiscal Responsibility - "I believe a 5% cap for residential properties will help control rising appraisals. Homestead exemptions, which take part of the value of a homeowners' property off the tax rolls, can better target tax relief than rate reductions alone."

Committee assignments

  • HB 2070 - Relating to the fee based on admissions to certain sexually oriented businesses.
  • HB 4476 - Relating to eligibility requirements for the tuition equalization grant program.
  • HB 4722 - Relating to the creation of the Harris County Improvement District No. 11; providing authority to impose a tax and issue bonds.[3]



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Cohen lost re-election in District 134. She was unopposed in the March 2 Democratic primary and was defeated by Republican Sarah Davis in the November 2 general election.[4]

Texas House of Representatives, District 134
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Sarah Davis (R) 25,955 50.68%
Ellen Cohen (D) 25,254 49.31%


On November 4, 2008, Cohen won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from the 134th District, receiving 37,892 votes ahead of Republican Joe Agris (28,843) and Libertarian Mhair Dekmezian (1,585).[5] She raised $516,367 for her campaign; Agris raised $17,427.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 134
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ellen Cohen (D) 37,892 55.46%
Joe Agris (R) 28,843 42.21%
Mhair S. Dekmezian (L) 1,585 2.31%


On November 4, 2006 Cohen won election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 134th District, defeating Incumbent Martha Wong (R) and Mhair Dekmezian (L).[7]

Cohen raised $1,009,303 for her campaign while Wong raised $832,449 and Dekmezian raised $3,025.[8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 132 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ellen Cohen (D) 25,219
Marth Wong (R) 20,005
Mhair Dekmezian (L) 1,018

Campaign donors


As of October 1, 2010, Cohen has raised $183,504 for her 2010 election campaign.[9] For updated figures, check the Texas Ethics Commission Filings.

Her four largest contributors in 2010 are:

Donor Amount
Oconnor, Maconda $25,000
Perry, Bob J $10,000
5 Donors, Each Donating $5,000[9] $5,000
4 Donors, Each Donating $2,500[9] $2,500


In the 2008 election, Cohen raised a total of $516,367.[10]

Her five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Oconnor, Maconda B $50,000
Morgan, Sara $10,000
Postl, James $10,000
Third Thursday Group $10,000
Texans for Lawsuit Reform $7,500


In the 2006 election, Cohen raised a total of $1,009,303. [11]

Her five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
3rd Thursday Group $124,184
Oconnor, Maconda $100,000
Texans for Insurance Reform $62,417
Planned Parenthood of Houston & Southeast Texas $39,481
Shafto, Sandra $25,650

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Political offices
Preceded by
Texas House District 134
Succeeded by
Sarah Davis (R)