Representative Dawnna Dukes is the owner of consulting firm DM Dukes and Associates, Inc., and a third-generation native of HD-46. She is serving her eighth term in the Texas House and currently sits on the House Appropriations Committee, the Stimulus Subcommittee on Appropriations, the Health and Human Services Subcommittee on Appropriations, and the Culture, Recreation and Tourism Committee.
Her previous posts include membership on the Joint Task Force on the Use of Sales Tax on Sporting Goods and the Medicaid Reform Legislative Oversight Committee.
Dukes cites as her legislative accomplishments authoring legislation that requires school districts to inform parents of uncertified instructors in their classrooms, increases funding for early childhood education, and promotes dropout prevention programs. She is the co-sponsor of the Texas GRANTS Program.
She has also filed bills that strengthen the penalties against gang recruitment and activity and expand the "gun free school zones" provision.
In 2007 Dukes filed legislation requiring school districts in Texas to include a teen dating violence identification and education program into their campus safety programs. She also filed legislation that created the Texas Film Incentive program.
She was recognized in 1995 by the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club with the "New Leadership for the Environment Award” and Human Rights Campaign named her the 1999 “Outstanding Human Rights Advocate.” She was named “State Legislator of the Year” by the National Association of Small Disadvantaged Businesses and was awarded the YWCA “Woman of the Year Award” in 2002.
In 1995, Dukes was selected as a part of the 1995 American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) delegation to Taiwan, and by the group’s ancillary group, the Atlantic Association of Young Political Leaders (AAYPL), to represent the United States in a conference on the future of NATO in the 21st century. She was also selected by the Japan Society to become a 1997 Local Public Policy Fellow.
Dukes graduated Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Psychology and is a member of the Links, Inc.-Austin Chapter and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.-Beta Psi Omega Graduate Chapter.