For Immediate Release
Rep. Senfronia Thompson Announces for Senate District 13
HOUSTON (July 1, 2016) -- Today,  State Rep. Senfronia Th omp son (D -Houston), one of the longest-serving and most respected legislators in Texas h istory, announced she is running for the Texas Senate seat being vacated by the legendary Rodney Ellis.

"The people of Senate District 13 expect and deserve a voice in the Texas Senate that belongs only to them," said Rep. Thompson.  "They demand a voice that will protect their rights no matter the cost, fight for justice no matter the odds, and never lose sight of the fact that we are all created equal."
Rep. Thompson is asking the Democratic precinct chairs in Senate District 13 to choose a successor not only to Sen. Ellis, but to uphold a tradition of excellence that dates back to when the seat was first held by Barbara Jordan, the first African-American woman ever to serve in the Texas Senate.
If elected, Rep. Thompson will be the third African-American woman to serve in the Senate. She will bring with her a dedication to public service that extends back to 1973.

" For over 42 years, I've had the honor and privilege to work for the people of District 141 to make sure their voices are heard in their State Capitol. That's the same attitude I'll bring with me if I have the honor and privilege of sitting at the desk that belongs to the people of Senate District 13," said Rep. Thompson.
During the 26 years that Senate District 13 was represented by Sen. Ellis, she worked hand-in-hand with him to fight the uphill battles necessary to "let the little dogs eat"; from passing legislation that ensures hard-working Texans be paid a decent wage, to passing legislation that improve access to DNA testing for wrongfully convicted Texans, and that those who commit crimes motivated by racial hatred face swift and severe justice in Texas' courts.
With her strong principles of faith, an unwavering defense of freedom and a staunch belief in fairness, Rep. Thompson exemplifies the American ideal that one person can make a difference. She takes a back seat to no one when it comes to protecting voting rights, civil rights and women's rights.
Rep. Thompson will continue her fight for a strong public school system, access to quality health care and equal pay for all Texans.
"I remain committed to shape the best policy for the people of my district and this great state. My record is reflective of a strong and unfaltering leadership that I will continue as state senator," added Rep. Thompson.

Democratic precinct chairs will select a Senate District 13 candidate on Saturday, 
July 16, 2016. Their nominee will run unopposed.
About Representative Senfronia Thompson
State Representative Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) represents Texas House District 141. Dean of women legislators and the Harris County Delegation, Rep. Thompson is the longest-serving woman and longest-serving African-American in Texas historyA Houston attorney, Rep. Thompson is currently serving her 22nd term in the Texas House of Representatives. Rep. Thompson chairs the Texas House Local and Consent Calendars Committee.  She is a member of the House Licensing & Administrative Procedures Committee, the House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee, the House Redistricting Committee, the House Select Committee on Mental Health and the Sunset Advisory Commission. An award-winning legislator and acknowledged civil rights leader, Rep. Thompson, affectionately known by her colleagues as "Ms. T," was inducted into the prestigious Texas Women's Hall of Fame.  Throughout her illustrious career she has repeatedly proven her absolute commitment to those less fortunate and her tireless fight for equality and opportunity for all. Her commitment to social and economic justice has reverberated across our nation. She has become one of the best symbols of all that is possible. Rep.  Thompson has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master's degree in Education from Texas Southern University; a law degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law and a Master's of Law in International Law from the University of Houston.

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