A seasoned professional with years of hands-on experience in the areas of public health and public education, Donna Howard was first elected to represent House District 48 in northwestern Travis County in a special election held in February 2006.
Howard serves on the House Higher Education Committee, House Administration Committee, and is Vice Chair of the House Culture, Recreation, and Tourism Committee. She also co-founded the Air Quality Caucus, a bipartisan group of more than three dozen lawmakers working on clean energy issues.
For her work at the State Capitol on health care, environmental protection, and historic preservation, Howard has been honored by community organizations, from the Austin Business Journal and the Texas Hospital Association to the Sierra Club and the Heritage Society of Austin.
Howard is a native of Austin who graduated from Reagan High School, then went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s in health education, both from the University of Texas.
She worked as a critical care nurse at Brackenridge and Seton hospitals, was the first hospital-based Patient Education Coordinator in Austin history, 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.
A recognized expert on public education, Howard was elected to the Eanes ISD board in West Austin, where she served from 1996 to 1999 and was certified as a Master School Trustee by the Texas Association of School Boards. She co-founded the parent organization Advocates for
Eanes Schools and helped form the Texas Education Crisis Coalition, a grassroots group of parents, business owners, and community leaders working together to tackle the public school finance issue.
Howard has served on the boards of the Austin Area Interreligious Ministries, Common Cause, the Texas Freedom Network, and is currently a board member of the Expanding Horizons Foundation, supporting low-income housing and education.
Married to Austin attorney Derek Howard, Howard is the mother of three adult children, all educated in Austin public schools, and is active in her neighborhood and church, where she has served on the board.
State Website: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/dist48/howard.php
Campaign Website: http://www.votedonna.com
Donna Howard Campaign
P.O. Box 2124
Austin, TX 78768