Valinda Bolton was elected in November 2006 to represent District 47 in the Texas House of Representatives. Encompassing the southwest portion of Travis County and home to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, District 47’s beauty and promise draws thousands of new Texans to make their home there. In fact, Valinda, her husband Andy Hathcock and 13 year old son moved from Central Austin several years ago to enjoy the districts’ beauty and opportunities. Together they attend First Baptist Church in Austin.
Serving with distinction in the 80th Legislative session, Representative Valinda Bolton was awarded the 2007 Freshman of the Year Award by the Legislative Study Group for her commitment and dedication to sound public policy for Texas families.
Guided by her experience, strength of character and faith Valinda came to the House of Representatives and listened to all sides, stood firmly for the best interests of the people of her district and Texas, and worked across partisan lines to find common ground to meet the challenges facing Texas.
As a freshman legislator she authored 18 pieces of legislation and successfully guided 6 bills through the legislative process and into law. With only 6.6% of all bills filed making it into law, that is considered quite an accomplishment for a freshman legislator.
Valinda has always been on the forefront of major issues. When she learned of the abuse of children at the Texas Youth Commission facilities, Valinda took the lead finding immediate, cost free counseling resources to help our children begin the healing process. When our first responders needed increased funding to protect the district, Valinda passed legislation to keep constituents safe. Transportation is a huge issue in her district and from day one Valinda welcomed community groups to the table and pushed TxDOT to find solutions.
A native Texan, Valinda traces her ancestry to General Sam Houston. An independent leader, Valinda has a long career fighting to make Texas communities safer and stronger. For over two decades she has worked with victims – women, children and families caught in a cycle of abuse. She is a nationally recognized leader on domestic violence and sexual assault issues, and a well known child abuse prevention and affordable housing advocate.
After receiving her Masters degree from Texas Tech University Valinda ran battered women shelters and outreach programs across Texas. Before running for office she served as the Training Director for the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence (NCDSV). As a staff consultant to the Department of Defense Task Force, Valinda traveled the globe training unlikely partners on building collaborations to solve difficult problems.
Serving on numerous boards, Valinda was a founding board member of WOMAN, Inc., a community housing development organization that develops transitional housing for families leaving emergency shelter.
Valinda has served on the boards of several other advocacy organizations, including the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV), the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence, Schlesinger’s Nursing Home, Beaumont YWCA, and The Bridge to Opportunity (a transitional housing program). Valinda was vice-president of the TCFV board at the time that TCFV opened the National Domestic Violence Hotline. She received the TCFV Member of the Year Award in 1992.
Since election to the House, Valinda has been appointed to membership on the Human Services Committee, one of the eleven standing committees of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Valinda is a member of the bi-partisan Clean Air Caucus and Tourism Caucus. She serves on the Juvenile Justice and Family Issues Committee, the County Affairs Committee, and the Rules and Resolutions Committee in the Texas House of Representatives.