Ethics Explorer A Guide to the Financial Interests of Elected Officials

Rep. Alma A. Allen District 131 (D-Houston)

B.S., Texas Southern University; M.Ed., Texas Southern University; Ed.D., University of Houston
  • Public Education - Subcommittee on Educator Quality
  • Corrections (Vice-Chair)
  • Public Education
Financial Statements

Sources of Income

  • Allen served on the State Board of Education for 10 years.

  • She was an elementary school teacher and later served as the principal of multiple elementary schools.

  • She has worked as an adjunct education professor at Texas Southern University and Prairie View A&M University.

  • She lists employment as an educational consultant, and has served as chairwoman of the Board of Trustees at the Art Institute of Houston.

  • Allen receives retirement benefits from the Teachers Retirement System.

  • She owns more than 10,000 shares of stock in Ameriprise Financial, Inc.


  • Residential properties in Houston valued at $271,751 and $10,962 respectively. 

  • Residential property in Houston under her and her late husband's name valued at $62,342, $51,701 and $91,315, respectively. 


  • Rental property under her and her late husband's name in Houston valued at $41,250 and $41,930, respectively. 

  • Commercial, agricultural and undeveloped property under her late husband's estate valued at $7,430, $105,120 and $81,750, respectively. 


  • Allen, who receives retirement benefits from the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, has introduced a bill in three legislative sessions — most recently HB 917 in 2011 — to increase TRS benefits. The measure has not passed.

  • Her son, Lawrence A. Allen Jr., is the State Board of Education member for District 4.