Angela Paxton was elected to the Texas Senate in November of 2018 for a four-year term representing Senate District 8, which includes portions of 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.
Senator Paxton 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.
During the 2019 legislative session, Senator Paxton helped achieve important results for her district including providing property tax relief, overhauling and reforming the Texas school finance system, protecting victims of human trafficking, supporting Texas teachers, and backing measures to preserve and strengthen the Texas economy. Senator Paxton supported the constitutional amendment banning a state income tax – a measure supported by over 75% of the voters in SD 8.
Senator Paxton describes her job as a State Senator in three words: Listen. Learn. Lead. As such, Senator Paxton is regularly engaged in listening to the needs of those she represents.
Senator Paxton is an adopted child and the first person in her family to graduate from college. Her personal path led her to Baylor University where she earned a BA in Mathematical Science followed by 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 is a champion on issues concerning human dignity, including adoption, foster care, protecting the unborn, and preventing human trafficking. Her background in technology and education, experience as a small business owner, and deep roots in Collin County and the North Dallas area uniquely position her to represent Senate District 8, which is one of the fastest growing and dynamic contributors to the Texas economy – the 10th largest economy in the world.
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.