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Rep. Senfronia Thompson
Texas native Rep. Senfronia Thompson was born in Booth, Texas and raised in Houston. Dean of women legislators, she has served longer in the Legislature than any other woman or African-American in Texas history. A Houston attorney, Rep. Thompson is currently serving her 20th term in the Texas House of Representatives. Representing Northeast Houston and Humble, she is the author of Texas´ first-ever alimony law, the James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Act.
She has also authored laws banning racial profiling, the state’s current minimum wage law, laws creating drug courts, the Contraceptive Parity law, the Sexual Assault Program Fund, the Model School Records Flagging Act, and scores of other reforms benefiting women, children and the elderly. In 2001, Rep. Thompson was named by Texas Monthly as one of the “Top 10 Legislators” and one of six lawmakers “Who Rocked the Legislature” by the Associated Press. She has served on the advisory board of the United Negro College Fund and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.