Representative Senfronia Thompson was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame. Senfronia was the only legislator inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame ths year. She was honored for her decades of public serivce in the Texas State House. She has served longer than any other woman or African-American in Texas History. She is pictured flanked on the right by Rep. Nicole Collier and on the left by Rep. Donna Howard.
After the ceremony, Thompson said her greatest achievement has been standing up for Texas citizens who can’t afford lobbyists, whom she calls the “little dogs.” When asked about her long career – she was first voted in in 1972 and has been re-elected 21 times – she said serving in the state Legislature is more than just a job to her. “It’s not work to me. It’s something I fell in love with.” Thompson arguably received the loudest standing ovation of the inductees Tuesday, the video presentation of her life and leadership ending with her proclaiming indigent and uneducated Texans are “not asking for a handout. They’re asking to be lifted up.” — Houston Chronicle article.