Representative Carol Hittson Kent was elected to represent HD-102 in 2008 and served until January 2011. The Dallas County district includes far north Dallas, as well as a portion of Garland and Richardson.
A sixth-generation Texan, Kent grew up in Garland and has lived in Dallas County more than over 40 years. She and husband, David, live in the Lake Highlands area and have three children.
Kent graduated from South Garland High School and earned a B.A. and M.A. from Baylor University. She has served as a PTA president, chaired numerous school district committees and served as campaign director for the Vote Yes! Political Action Committee. Kent was elected to the Richardson ISD Board of Trustees in 2003 and served until her election to the Texas Legislature. She has worked in higher education for more than 20 years as a teacher and administrator in private and public institutions at the university and community-college level. Her teaching career includes positions at Baylor University, St. Edwards University, and Richland Community College.
In 2002, Kent was selected from 800 adjunct faculty members as the recipient of the Dallas County Community College "Excellence In Teaching Award" for Richland College. She has been the director of the Baylor Women's Network since 2003.
Kent is a Texas Fellow of the Center for Reform of School Systems, a former member of the Texas Association of School Boards, a member of the Lake Highlands Exchange Club, and a graduate of Leadership Richardson, where she served on the group's Advisory Board. She has helped found neighborhood crime watch patrol and homeowners' associations and has held leadership positions in local civic groups and service organizations, including The 500, Inc., the Lakewood Service League, the Richardson Symphony League, the Girl Scouts, the Cub Scouts, and the Boy Scouts of America.