September 12, 2013
Contact: Donna Howard Campaign (512) 971-9488

Rep. Howard Seeks To Continue the Fight for Public Education, Access to Health Care, Government Transparency, and Fiscal Responsibility

(AUSTIN) — State Representative Donna Howard announced today that she will seek re-election as the Representative of House District 48 in the Texas House of Representatives. Her campaign will focus on the issues she has focused on all along: Strengthening Public Education, Removing Barriers to Heath Care, Increasing Transparency in All Levels of Government and Promoting Fiscal Responsibility of Tax Dollars.

“I am eager to put my seniority and experience to work again for HD 48.” Howard said. “My committee appointments this session have allowed me to not only work toward common sense solutions for our state’s challenges, but also to have the voices of HD 48 heard over the din of partisan politics.”

The recently concluded 83rd Legislature marked Rep. Howard’s first on the House Appropriations Committee, where she successfully pressed for restoration of funding for k-12 schools following last session’s devastating cuts; additionally, she was able to push for greater truth in budgeting, to better guarantee that our tax dollars are being used in a transparent and effective fashion. As a member of the House Higher Education Committee, she passed legislation streamlining the state’s financial aid services, to help provide increased access to our community colleges and universities. Lastly, Rep. Howard cemented her reputation as a champion of women’s health care, securing additional dollars for family planning services and taking a leadership role in the fight against this summer’s omnibus anti-abortion legislation.

“Though we’ve been fortunate here in Texas to weather severe economic downturns and maintain a strong job market, our government consistently fails to meet our infrastructure needs. I will continue to fight for the necessary investments in water, transportation, and human capital that will ensure the future prosperity of our state. My record as a consensus builder and advocate reflects these very values.”

Elected to the Texas House in 2006, Rep. Howard is a former critical care nurse and Eanes ISD school board member. Born and raised in Austin, she and her husband have three adult children.

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