The Honorable Senfronia Thompson Named 2015 Community Humanitarian Award Winner

May 13, 2015

Senfronia Thompson is the representative of Texas’ House District 141, first elected in 1973. Thompson has served longer in the Texas Legislature than any other woman or African American in Texas history. Thompson is serving as the chair of the Local & Consent Calendars Committee. She also sits on the Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence, the Licensing & Administrative Procedures and Redistricting committees. She previously served on the Insurance Committee. Thompson is the dean of women legislators. She has chaired the Texas Legislative Black Caucus and the Women’s Health Caucus. She is a member of the Democratic National Committee, a state director of Women in Government, and a member of the Energy Council. She was chairwoman of the House Judicial Affairs Committee for 12 years.

Thompson has authored and passed more than 200 Texas laws, including Texas´ first alimony law, the James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Act, laws prohibiting racial profiling, the Durable Power of Attorney Act, the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act, the Sexual Assault Program Fund, the Model School Records Flagging Act, and the Uniform Child Custody & Jurisdiction Enforcement Act. In 2005, she passed legislation requiring free testing for the human papilloma virus (HPV) for women who have health insurance. In 2005 Thompson was presented with the “Matt Garcia Award” by the Mexican American Legislative Caucus and was placed on’s “Top Two House Members” list. In 2001 Thompson was one of Texas Monthly’s “Top 10 Legislators.” In 2003 she was selected as one of the top five House members by Gallery Watch and the Nation magazine named her one of eight legislators in the country “who could teach Congressional Democrats.” She was selected as an Eleanor Roosevelt Fellow by the Center for Policy Alternatives and is the only recipient of the Legislative Black Caucus´ Rosa Parks Award. Thompson is a former public school teacher and Houston attorney. Born in Booth, Texas and raised in Houston, Thompson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, a master’s degree in Education, a law degree, and a Master of Law in international law. She has served on the advisory board of the United Negro College Fund.