North Texas Celebrates 95 Years of Women’s Suffrage
It’s been 95 years since the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, granting women across the U.S. the right to vote. Since then, women have not only used that right to their fullest advantage, but have taken the opportunity to run for political office – something that would have been unheard of 100 years ago.
While Edith Wilmans (1882-1966), Dallas attorney, became the first female elected official in the state of Texas in 1922, just two years after the 19th amendment passed, Texas has seen it’s fair share of women in office since then, and today has over 100 women holding office as Mayors, Councilmembers, State and U.S. representatives and so much more.
The North Texas Commission would like to thank the many women who fought for the right to vote, and the current women holding office in North Texas or on behalf of North Texas, as listed below.
U.S. Representative Eddie Johnson, District 30 U.S. Representative Kay Granger, District 12 Representative Angie Chen Button, District 112 Representative Cindy Burkett, District 113 Representative Helen Giddings, District 109 Representative Jodie Laubenberg, District 89 Representative Linda Koop, District 102 Representative Morgan Meyer, District 108 Representative Myra Crownover, District 64 Representative Nicole Collier, District 95 Representative Stephanie Klick, District 91 Representative Toni Rose, District 110 Representative Yvonne Davis, District 111 Senator Jane Nelson, District 12 Mayor Adele Mooney, City of Maypearl Mayor Barbara Woodruff, City of Wolfe City Mayor Beth Van Duyne, City of Irving Mayor Betsy Price, City of Fort Worth Mayor Carrie Marshall, City of Balch Springs Mayor Charlotte Wilcox, City of Highland Village Mayor Cindy Spencer, Town of Shady Shore Mayor Janet Meyers, City of Aubrey Mayor Janet Nichol, City of Royse City Mayor Karen Garrison, City of Chico Mayor Karen Hunt, City of Coppell Mayor Kit Marshall, City of Aledo Mayor Laura Hill, City of Southlake Mayor Laura Peace, City of Kemp Mayor Laura Wheat, Town of Westlake Mayor Linda Martin, City of Euless Mayor Lorne Liechty, City of Heath Mayor Melody Paradise, Town of Pantego Mayor Michelle Pittman, City of Rhome Mayor Onda “Sam” Moody, City of Glen Rose Mayor Peggy Krueger, Town of Argyle Mayor Sue Tejml, Town of Copper Canyon Mayor Pro Tem Kim Ware, Town of Lakeside Mayor Pro Tem Lynn Harpold, City of Oak Point Mayor Pro Tem Sandra Wilson, City of Terrell Mayor Pro Tem Sharon Carrier, City of Combine Councilmember Alesa Belvedere, Town of Westlake Councilmember Ana Reyes, City of Farmers Branch Councilmember Angela Miner, City of Plano Councilmember Angie Grimm, City of Roanoke Councilmember Anita Goebel, City of Garland Councilmember Ann Zadeh, City of Fort Worth Councilmember Anna Holzer, City of Hurst Councilmember Betty Spraggins, City of Murphy Councilmember Betty Spraggins, City of Murphy Councilmember Beverly Williams, City of Richland Hills Councilmember Brianna Hinojosa-Flores, City of Coppell Councilmember Carol Langdon, Town of Westlake Councilmember Carol Strain-Burk, City of Lancaster Councilmember Carol Wollin, City of Colleyville Councilmember Carolyn Arnold, City of Dallas
Councilmember Curtistene McCowan, City of DeSoto Councilmember Darlene Freed, City of Grapevine Councilmember Debbie Bryan, City of Keller Councilmember Debby Bobbitt, City of Rowlett Councilmember Elzie Clements, City of White Settlement Councilmember Gyna Bivens, City of Fort Worth Councilmember Heidi Wilder, City of Weatherford Councilmember Holly Gotcher, City of Greenville Councilmember Holly Gray-McPherson, City of Roanoke Councilmember Jami McCain, City of Cedar Hill Councilmember Janelle Moore, Town of Addison Councilmember Jennifer Staubach Gates, City of Dallas Councilmember Johnette Jameson, City of Duncanville Councilmember Jorja Clemson, City of Grand Prairie Councilmember Kathleen Wazny, City of Denton Councilmember Kathryn Wilemon, City of Arlington Councilmember Keely Briggs, City of Denton Councilmember Kelly Allen Gray, City of Fort Worth Councilmember Kelly Turner, City of Kennedale Councilmember Kristine Clark, City of DeSoto Councilmember Lana Wolff, City of Arlington Councilmember LaShonjia Harris, City of Lancaster Councilmember Leslie Thomas, City of Duncanville Councilmember Lila Thorn, City of Grand Prairie Councilmember Linda Eilenfeldt, City of Euless Councilmember Lisa Sutter, City of Carrollton Councilmember Lissa Smith, City of Plano Councilmember Liz Carrington, City of Kennedale Councilmember Lori Barnett Dodson, City of Garland Councilmember Mabel Simpson, City of Richardson Councilmember Margo Goodwin, Town of Highland Park Councilmember Marian Hilliard, City of Haltom City Councilmember Marta Gomez Frey, City of Richardson Councilmember Mary Carpenter, Town of Addison Councilmember Mary Lou Shipley, City of Waxahachie Councilmember Michelle Schwolert, City of Highland Village Councilmember Monica Alonzo, City of Dallas Councilmember Nancy Coplen, City of Colleyville Councilmember Nancy Welton, City of Hurst Councilmember Nancy Yingling, City of Coppell Councilmember Nina Morris, City of Lancaster Councilmember Rachel Proctor, City of DeSoto Councilmember Rainey Rogers, City of McKinney Councilmember Rita Wright Oujesky, City of North Richland Hills Councilmember Robin Sedlacek, City of Allen Councilmember Sandy Greyson, City of Dallas Councilmember Sharron Spencer, City of Grapevine Councilmember Sheri Capehart, City of Arlington Councilmember Shirley Roberts, City of Mesquite Councilmember Stephanie Davenport, City of Haltom City Councilmember Tammy Dana-Bashian, City of Rowlett Councilmember Tiffinni Young, City of Dallas Councilmember Tracy Rath, City of McKinney Councilmember Wendy Burgess, City of Mansfield
Your work as leaders continues to build the North Texas region into a force to be reckoned with, and your political accomplishments continue to inspire the many women of North Texas to aspire for higher goals. Thank you for all you do.