Personal Profile

Full Name Florence Shapiro
Age 69
Hometown Plano
Race White
Occupation Former Small Business Owner
Education B.S., University of Texas at Austin.
Spouse: Howard

Senator Florence Shapiro is a former public school teacher and City of Plano council member and mayor first elected to represent SD-8 in 1993. She is the current chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee and also sits on the Senate Finance, Administration, and Transportation and Homeland Security committees.

Shapiro chairs the Senate Education Committee and serves on the Senate Committees on Finance; Transportation and Homeland Security; and Administration. She is the former chairwoman of the Senate State Affairs committee

Shapiro cites as her legislative accomplishments her efforts in the fields of education and safety, including authoring a series of bills known as Ashley's Laws. The group of legislation initiated in 1995 protects against, adjudicates, and punishes sex offenders whose victims are children.

She passed legislation affecting the state's school finance system in the areas of property taxes, funding and teacher pay, and established the incentive-pay program. She has also focused her efforts on educational reforms at the high school level that promote college readiness and supported better accountability standards for schools.

Shapiro was named to the “Legislative Honor Roll” by the Texas Association of Realtors, awarded the “Celebration of Enterprise Award” by Inside Collin County Business, the “Bob Bullock Award for Public Stewardship” by the Government Technology Conference, the “Real Women Award” from the Girl Scouts of the United States of America and the “Outstanding Service Award” from the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas.

She has also been recognized by, among others, the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, Texas Nurse Family Partnership Statewide Leadership Board, the Masonic Lodge of Richardson, the Texas Industrial Vocational Association, the Children's Medical Center of Dallas, the Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas, Inc., the Dallas Bar Association, and the Texas District & County Attorneys Association

Shapiro earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Texas at Austin.

She and her husband Howard live in Plano. They have three children; Lisa, Todd and Staci.