Representative Senfronia Thompson is a former public school teacher and Houston attorney first elected to represent HD-141 in 1973. Born in Booth, Texas and raised in Houston, Thompson is the current chairwoman of the House Local and Consent Calendars Committee, vice chairwoman of the Licensing and Administrative Procedures committee and a member of the Insurance Committee.
The dean of women legislators, Thompson has served longer in the Texas Legislature than any other woman or African American in Texas history.
Thompson also chairs the Texas Legislative Black Caucus and the Women’s Health Caucus. She is a member of the Democratic National Committee, a state director of Women in Government, and a member of the Energy Council. She was chairwoman of the House Judicial Affairs Committee for 12 years and in 1987 was at the helm of the first standing committee in the Texas Legislature to have a female majority.
Thompson has authored and passed more than 200 Texas laws, including Texas´ first alimony law, the James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Act, laws prohibiting racial profiling, the Durable Power of Attorney Act, the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act, the Sexual Assault Program Fund, the Model School Records Flagging Act, and the Uniform Child Custody & Jurisdiction Enforcement Act. In 2005, she passed legislation requiring free testing for the human papilloma virus (HPV) for women who have health insurance.
In 2005 Thompson was presented with the “Matt Garcia Award” by the Mexican American Legislative Caucus and was placed on PinkDome.com’s “Top Two House Members” list. In 2001 Thompson was one of Texas Monthly’s "Top 10 Legislators." In 2003 she was selected as one of the top five House members by Gallery Watch and the Nation magazine named her one of eight legislators in the country "who could teach Congressional Democrats." She was selected as an Eleanor Roosevelt Fellow by the Center for Policy Alternatives and is the only recipient of the Legislative Black Caucus´ Rosa Parks Award.
Thompson has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, a master’s degree in Education, a law degree, and a Master of Law in international law and has served on the advisory board of the United Negro College Fund. She has two adult children and one grandson.