Representative Valinda Bolton was elected in November 2006 to represent HD-47 in the Texas House. She is a current member of the House County Affairs, Land and Resource Management, and Local and Consent Calendars committees.
After receiving her master’s degree from Texas Tech University, Bolton ran shelters and outreach programs across Texas. She recently served as training director for the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence, and as a staff consultant to the Department of Defense Task Force. She was a founding board member of WOMAN, Inc., a community housing development organization that develops transitional housing for families leaving emergency shelters.
Bolton has also served on the boards of the Texas Council on Family Violence, the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence, Schlesinger's Nursing Home, Beaumont YWCA, and the Bridge to Opportunity. She was vice president of the TCFV and was awarded the group’s “Member of the Year Award” in 1992.
She has also been appointed memberships on the committees of the National Conference of State Legislatures and has previously served on the Juvenile Justice and Family Issues and County Affairs committees in the Texas House.
Bolton lives in the Oak Hill area of Austin with her 12 year-old son and husband, Judge Andy Hathcock.