Ethics Explorer A Guide to the Financial Interests of Elected Officials

Rep. Donna Howard District 48 (D-Austin)

Industry
Medical
Education
B.A., University of Texas at Austin; M.A., University of Texas at Austin
Spouse
Derek
Committees
  • Appropriations
  • Appropriations
  • House Administration (Vice-Chair)
  • Higher Education
  • Subcommittee on Article III
Financial Statements

Sources of Income

  • Howard was a critical care nurse at Brackenridge and Seton hospitals in Austin.

  • She is a past president of the Texas Nurses Association and a health education instructor at the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Her husband, Derek Howard, is a lawyer and partner in the Howard & Kobelan law firm, which practices family, criminal and personal injury law.

Property

  • Residential property in Austin valued at $540,721, listed under her husband's name

  • She owns about 61 acres in Bastrop County.

Analysis

  • Howard has filed several bills related to the health care industry at large, and some that have would have had a specific effect on nurses. In 2013 she authored a bill allowing nurses in public hospitals to bypass the state’s sovereign immunity law and file suit in cases of retaliation or discrimination. The bill passed.