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Senator Angela Paxton: District 8
Angela Paxton

Occupation: Leadership Consultant, Former Educator

Education: Baylor University, B.S., University of Houston Clear Lake, M.Ed.

Legislative Experience: Senate Member: 2019 - present

Hometown: McKinney

Party: Republican

Angela Paxton was elected to the Texas Senate in November of 2018 and represents fast-growing Senate District 8 in Collin and Dallas counties. Her district is home to professional sports headquarters, dozens of Fortune 1000 companies, countless entrepreneurs and small businesses, and top-rated public schools. A secondary math teacher and school counselor for more than 20 years, she is the first educator elected to the Texas Senate in over two decades. Senator Paxton describes her job in three words: Listen. Learn. Lead.

Senator Paxton is an adopted child and the first person in her family to graduate from college. She earned an undergraduate degree in Mathematical Science from Baylor University and a Master of Science in Education from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Senator Paxton leverages her background in technology, expertise as an educator, experience as a small business owner, and deep roots in Collin County and North Dallas to advocate for her constituents and leads on policy that elevates educational and economic opportunity and human dignity.

In the 86th Legislature, she authored the Texas Property Tax Reform and Transparency Act of 2019 (SB 2) and the Omnibus Human Trafficking Prevention Act (SB 20). She supported the constitutional amendment prohibiting a state income tax (HJR 38) and authored legislation to improve resources for students with dyslexia (SB 2075). Senator Paxton also supported critical legislation to increase teacher pay and mental health legislation.

Senator Paxton currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Senate Property Tax Committee and sits on the Senate committees for Business & Commerce, Education, and Natural Resources & Economic Development. She was also appointed to the Texas Sunset Commission and Senate Redistricting Committee by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick.

Senator Paxton and her husband, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, met as students at Baylor University and have been married since 1986. They have four grown children and are members of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano.

Office Information
 

Capitol Address District Address
The Honorable Angela Paxton
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711

(512) 463-0108 (TEL)
604 S. Watters Road, Suite 100
Allen, TX 75013

(972) 908-3424 (TEL)
 

COVID-19 Resources

Since mid-March, our communities, state, and nation have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) in ways that are unique and unprecedented in United States history. We all have questions, concerns, and anxiety over the health and safety of our families and friends, over the status of jobs, and the long-term ramifications to our state and country.

My office is engaged in numerous calls with federal officials, state officials, local officials, emergency management personnel, school districts, hospitals, and leaders in our community all in an effort to help be the conduit of information to better serve the public. Many people have shared great ideas with me that my staff and I have shared with the Governor’s office and the Texas Division of Emergency Management to increase the state’s ability to respond to the public health emergency.

The recent weeks have allowed Texans to educate themselves on the CDC guidelines and be prepared to continue to care for themselves and their neighbors. Consumers will naturally reengage to the extent they feel safe, and businesses have a financial incentive to create the conditions of a safe environment without government mandates designating businesses to be closed based on a designation of “essential” or “non-essential.”

Be encouraged. We are all working together for solutions and by maintaining our diligence and positive attitudes, we can work through the problem together. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you need assistance.

This webpage provides links to frequently asked questions regarding county assistance programs, the Governor’s executive orders, the Texas Workforce Commission, and education guidance.

Please know that I am here to serve you and to listen, learn, and lead for the you in State Senate District 8.

Blessings,

Angela S. Paxton
Texas State Senator, District 8


Links to State Resources

On March 13, 2020, Governor Abbott issued a state disaster declaration related to COVID-19. On March 19, 2020, Dr. Hellerstedt, Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, issued a Public Health Disaster Emergency for Texas. The declarations allow the State of Texas to request federal assistance, including financial assistance to the state, and also place cities and counties in cooperation and coordination with the Texas Division of Emergency Management.

List of Executive Orders issued by Governor Abbott: https://gov.texas.gov/coronavirus-executive-orders

Governor Abbott’s Strikeforce to Open Texas: https://open.texas.gov/

Department of State Health Services COVID-19 Dashboard

Find a COVID-19 Testing Location

Texas Workforce Commission FAQ about COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits


Links to Senate District 8 County Resources

Collin County CARES Act

Dallas County COVID-19 Assistance Programs


Education

One of the most important aspects of the state and local response is at the school district level. Schools are so important to our families and communities and we want to ensure that learning can continue safely and responsibly. School districts also provide necessary meals for many students during the day that need to continue.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is developing guidance for school districts for instruction continuity planning, teaching children with special needs, school calendars, and locations where children can pick up meals if necessary.


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