Angela Paxton

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Angela Suzanne Allen Paxton

Texas State Senator District 9
Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 8, 2019
Preceded by Van Taylor

Born February 14, 1963
New Braunfels
Comal County, Texas

Resident of McKinney
in Collin County

Spouse(s) Ken Paxton

Children:
Tucker Allen Paxton
Abigail Elizabeth "Abby" Paxton
Madison Lee "Mattie" Paxton
Kathryn "Katie" Paxton

Alma mater Baylor University

University of Houston Clear Lake

Religion Southern Baptist

Angela Suzanne Allen Paxton (born February 14, 1963) is an educator and conservative political activist from McKinney in Collin County north of Dallas, Texas. The wife and chief political advisor of her husband, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, she is the Republican state senator for District 8. Ken Paxton also held this seat prior to his election in 2014 as attorney general. Departing state Senator Van Taylor is instead the Republican U.S. Representative for Texas' 3rd congressional district.[1]

Background

Paxton was born in New Braunfels in Comal County, Texas, and adopted the day after birth. She was reared in the Fort Worth suburb of Mansfield. Her father was employed by Bell Helicopters; her mother was a teacher's aide. She met her husband at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, from which both are graduates. She also holds a master's degree from the University of Houston Clear Lake. Mrs. Paxton has instructed, mostly mathematics, in public and private schools. Since 2006, she has been at Legacy Christian Academy in Frisco, Texas, at which in 2011, she became a guidance counselor. Much earlier she was engaged in homeschooling. Mrs. Paxton is staunchly pro-life: the story of her adoption was published in McKinney Women Making a Difference. She is a former board member of the Dallas Pregnancy Resource Center and the Golden Corridor Republican Women. Her support for the Second Amendment is reflected in her being a concealed-weapon carrier.[2]

Ken and Angela Paxton have four children, Tucker Allen Paxton, a software engineer; Abigal Elizabeth "Abby" Paxton, a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force, and Madison Lee "Mattie" Paxton and Kathryn "Katie" Paxton, both students at Texas A&M University in College Station. The Paxtons attend Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano.[2]

Political life

In the March 6, 2018, primary election, Angela Paxton received 32,653 votes (54.4 percent); her intra-party opponent, Phillip Huffines, 27,421 (45.6 percent).[3] In the general election she faces the Democrat Mark Phariss of Plano, while her husband runs for re-election against Justin Nelson. Phariss narrowly won his party nomination over Bryan Chaput, 51-49 percent.[4] If elected, Paxton pledges to fight for lowered property taxes (a priority of Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick), border security on the Rio Grande, educational excellence, and a strong state economy.[2] More than 60,000 Republicans turned out for the Paxton-Huffines race, compared to just under 33,000 in the Democratic contest between Phariss and Chaput. Paxton and Huffines together spent nearly $10 million in the primary, the most expensive state Senate race thus far in Texas history.[5] State legislators in both houses of the Texas legislature receive $7,200 annually plus some reimbursement of expenses and additional compensation for special sessions.

Paxton won the Senate seat in the general election, 169,133 votes (51.2 percent) to the Democrat Mark Phariss, who netted 161,324 ballots (48.8 percent). Her husband also won a second term as attorney general in the same election.[6]

References

  1. The U.S. House seat was vacated by the long-term Republican Samuel Robert "Sam" Johnson, a prisoner of war in Vietnam and in 2018 the oldest member of the U.S. House.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 About Angela Paxton. Angelapaxton.com. Retrieved on March 10, 2018.
  3. Election Returns (Republican). Texas Secretary of State (March 10, 2018). Retrieved on March 10, 2018.
  4. Election Returns (Democrat). Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved on March 10, 2018.
  5. Brandon Formby and Sydney Greene (March 7, 2018). GOP Senator Craig Estes ousted; Sen. Bob Hall defeats Burkett. The Texas Tribune. Retrieved on March 10, 2018.
  6. Election Returns. Texas Secretary of State (November 6, 2018). Retrieved on November 7, 2018.