Valinda Bolton

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Valinda Bolton
Texas House of Representatives, District 47
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Democratic
Valinda Bolton was a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives. She represented District 47 from 2007 to 2010.

Bolton has worked as a substitute teacher in the Austin Independent School District from 2003-2004, and was Training Director for the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence.

She is a member of many organizations, including the Austin Area Human Services Association, Austin Women in Housing, Texas Freedom Network, Austin Community Foundation, Austin Women's Political Caucus, Beaumont Young Women's Christian Association Board, Bridge to Opportunity Board, and the First Baptist Church.[1]

Issue positions

On her website Bolton addresses two main areas, "Educating our Children" and "Healthy Families," and explains her positions:[2] Educating Our Children

  • "We need a tax structure that is fair and balanced so that we can afford to increase funding for public education."
  • "We must be able to offer competitive salaries to our teachers."
  • "We must raise our current graduation rate up from the nations’ lowest to a respectable top 20 ranking."
  • "I am fully committed to ensuring that each child receives a quality public education in Texas. The promise of a free and equitable public education drew many of our ancestors to Texas."
Healthy Families
  • "Healthy Texans are good for our economy. When children and adults have access to affordable healthcare they are more productive in school and work."
  • Access to healthcare for all Texans must be improved.
  • "We must evaluate the needs of our seniors and work to restore funding to legitimate programs."
  • "We must ensure that every Texan who needs mental health services is able to receive the necessary care."

Committee assignments

  • HB 1001 - Relating to limits on the size of public school classes in prekindergarten, kindergarten, and grades one through four.
  • HB 1120 - Relating to limitations on increases in designated tuition charged by certain general academic teaching institutions.
  • HB 2051 - Relating to requiring a record vote by each house or committee of the legislature on bills, proposed constitutional amendments, and amendments to bills and proposed constitutional amendments.
  • HB 4449 - Relating to the criminal consequences of operating a motorcycle on which a person younger than five is a passenger.[3]



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Bolton ran for re-election in District 47 and lost. He was unopposed in the March 2 Democratic primary but was defeated by Republican Paul Workman in the November 2 general election.[4]

Texas House of Representatives, District 47
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Workman (R) 29,873 49.67%
Valinda Bolton (D) 27,773 46.18%
Kris Bailey (L) 2,485 4.13%


On November 4, 2008, Bolton won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 47th District, defeating Donna Keel (R). Bolton received 45,314 votes in the election while Keel received 43,190 votes.[5] Bolton raised $488,715 for her campaign.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 47
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Valinda Bolton (D) 45,314 51.19%
Donna Keel (R) 43,190 48.80%


On November 4, 2006, Bolton won election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's District 47, defeating Bill Welch (R) and Yvonne Schtick (L).[7]

Bolton raised $603,102 for her campaign, while Welch raised 1,286,162 and Schick raised $0.[8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 47 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Valinda Bolton (D) 26,975
Bill Welch (R) 24,447
Yvonne Schick (L) 2,265

Campaign donors


As of April 3, 2010, Bolton has raised $63,731 for her 2010 election campaign.[9] For updated figures, check the Texas Ethics Commission Filings.

Her five largest contributors in 2010 are:

Donor Amount
Annies List $12,500
Mostyn Law Firm $10,000
Border Health $5,000
Chickasaw Nation $2,500
Klein, Mickey $2,500


In the 2008 election, Bolton raised a total of $488,715.[10]

Her six largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Annies List $54,735
House Democratic Campaign CMTE $35,750
Texans for Insurance Reform $21,750
Kirk Watson for Texas Senate $10,000
Klein, Michael $10,000
Texans for Economic Development $10,000


In the 2006 election, Bolton raised a total of $603,102. [11]

Her five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Texans for Insurance Reform $123,737
Annies List $81,670
Education Austin $19,248
House Democratic Campaign CMTE of Texas $14,500
Texas Parent PAC $12,777

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Political offices
Preceded by
Texas House District 47
Succeeded by
Paul Workman