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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 for a four-year term representing Senate District 8, which includes Collin and Dallas counties. 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. She describes her job in three words: Listen. Learn. Lead! Senator Paxton regularly engages in listening to the needs of those she represents. The listening was a driving force for her.

Senator Paxton currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Senate Property Tax Committee and also 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 leverages her background in technology, expertise as a classroom teacher and school counselor, experience as a small business owner, and deep roots in the Collin County and North Dallas area to strongly and effectively advocate for the interests of Senate District 8, one of the fasted growing and dynamic contributors to the Texas economy - the 10th largest economy in the world.

In the 86th Legislature, she authored the Texas Property Tax Reform and Transparency Act of 2019 (Senate Bill 2), the Omnibus Human Trafficking Prevention Act (Senate Bill 20) which created additional criminal penalties for traffickers, and the constitutional amendment prohibiting a state income tax (House Joint Resolution 38). In addition, she supported House Bill 3 which overhauled the school finance system to increase state funding for classrooms, increased teacher pay, and provided state funding to reduce local school district property taxes. She also authored critical legislation addressing education of students with dyslexia and supported mental health legislation.

Senator Paxton is an adopted child and the first person in her family to graduate from college. She earned a BA in Mathematical Science from Baylor University and a Masters degree in Education from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She chose to make a difference through a career in education as a secondary math teacher and school counselor in public, private, and home school settings before turning her attention to making a difference in the Texas Senate.

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.


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:

Governor Abbott’s Strikeforce to Open Texas:

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


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.

(Download a PDF verion of these resources)