Personal Profile

Full Name Carol Alvarado
Age 50
Hometown Houston
Race Hispanic
Occupation Consultant/Small Business
Education B.A., University of Houston; M.B.A., University of Houston
Religion Catholic
Church St. Alphonsus Catholic Church

Carol Alvarado is the representative of Texas' House District 145. The district includes southeast Houston, and portions of Pasadena. She is a member of the Democratic Party.

Alvarado is a native Houstonian first elected to represent HD-145 in 2008. She currently serves the Chair of the Urban Affairs committee and Vice Chair of the Special Purpose Districts committee and a member of the Rules & Resolutions committee. Alvarado was previously the Co-Chair of the Transparency in State Agency Operations committee and a member of the House Calendars, House Redistricting, Public Health and Resource Management committees.

Alvarado's primary legislative focus has been on public health, public education, and economic development issues. During her three terms in the House, she has authored bills to qualify all Texas four year olds for pre-kindergarten, to increase career and technology education funding, and to freeze tuition at public colleges and universities. She has also authored legislation that would limit the use of sugary drinks in public schools, increase physical education and health education graduation requirements, and ban the use of trans fats by fast food chains. A fervent advocate of women's health issues, Alvarado received media attention in 2011 during the debate of House Bill 15, a mandatory sonogram bill.

She previously served on the Houston City Council from 2002 to 2007. As a council member she worked to eliminate nuisance bars in neighborhoods, initiate a smoking ban in restaurants and bars, install cameras at rail crossings, and helped establish the Houston Parking Commission. She has also promoted the expansion of the Port of Houston and initiated downtown revitalization projects.

Alvarado is a graduate of the University of Houston where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and her M.B.A. She is a member of Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas, the National Association of Latino Elected Officials, the Texas Municipal League, Women Professionals in Government, Hispanic Elected Officials, the National Organization for Women, the UH Alumni Association, the Texas Democratic Party and the League of Women Voters.

Information in this bio was provided by Alvarado's office.
Last updated: March 17, 2015.