Personal Profile

Full Name Dawnna Dukes
Age 52
Race Black
Occupation Business Resource Consultant
Education B.S., Texas A&M University

Dawnna Dukes is the representative of Texas’ House District 46. She is serving as the vice chair for the Culture, Recreation, & Tourism Vice Committee and the Emerging Issues In Texas Law Enforcement Committee. Dukes is also serving as a member of the Appropriations Committee and as vice chair of the Subcommittee on Article II.

She has previously served on the Stimulus Subcommittee on Appropriations, the Health and Human Services Subcommittee on Appropriations 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.
Dukes previously 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.

Dukes is the owner of consulting firm DM Dukes and Associates, Inc.

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.

Information in this bio was provided by Dukes' office.
Last updated: March 18, 2015.