About Donna

  • Board Term: Jan. 1, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2021

Donna Bahorich

As a member and the immediate past chair of the State Board of Education (SBOE), Donna Bahorich is committed to preparing all children to be productive, engaged citizens. She has worked diligently to approve and promote college and career ready courses, including strong career and technical education courses, leading to increased opportunities for students after high school. Donna is also passionate about approving high capacity public charter schools that successfully prepare children and offer more choices for families. She brings experience in business, education and legislation to the position.

Donna represents most of the western half of Harris County as the District 6 representative. Donna was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott, unanimously confirmed by the Texas senate, and served the 4-year term-limited position as chair of the SBOE from June 2015 to September 2019. She is currently a member of the SBOE committee responsible for recommendations regarding investments of and distributions from the nation’s largest educational endowment. This 154-year-old $45 billion fund provides money to back school bonds and pays for “textbooks” for students.

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As the District 6 State Board of Education member, Donna Bahorich brings experience in business, education and legislation to the position.

CAREER

  • State Board of Education Chair – June 18, 2015 to September 16, 2019
  • State Board of Education Member – District 6 – January 2013 to present
    • Member-Committee on School Finance/Permanent School Fund ($34 billion AUM) – January 2019 to present
    • Member-Committee on Instruction – January 2017 to January 2019
    • Member-Committee on School Initiatives – January 2015 to January 2017
    • Chair-Committee on School Initiatives – January 2013 to January 2015
    • Board Liaison appointed to Education Commissioner regarding Charter School Approvals – January 2013 to January 2017
  • District Director and Communications Director for Senator Dan Patrick
  • Manager, Mountain Bell Telephone Company
    – Negotiated multi-million dollar contracts
    – Led development of software programs to track expenditures of over $700 million
    – Forecasted and monitored $40 million corporate budget
    – One of top 5 of 317 managers at Mountain Bell
  • Founder, Home Ed Plus in 1998, a non-profit organization offering supplemental classes for home school families. Served as founder, administrator, and board member

COMMITTED VOLUNTEER

  • Campaign Manager for Dan Patrick’s inaugural State Senate run
  • Campaign Treasurer for Senator Dan Patrick
  • 2010 Republican Primary Director for Harris County
    – Responsible for assigning polling locations and assembling election personnel for 885 precincts for primary and runoff elections

HONORS and AWARDS

  • 2019 Friends of Education Award from the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA)
  • 2019 Champion for Public Charter Schools and Students
  • 2019 Excellence in Liberty and Justice Awards Honoree by the Greater Houston Coalition for Justice
  • LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) Leadership Awards:
    • 2019 Consensus Builder Award
    • 2018 Leadership Award
    • 2017 State Director’s Leadership Medal
  • 2007 Volunteer of the Year for Senate District 7 (SD 7)
  • Credentials Committee Chair for the 2008 SD 7 County Convention
  • 2008, 2010, 2012 State Convention Credentials Committees
  • HCRP Chairman’s Advisory Board
  • 2008 Delegate from Congressional District 7 to the Republican National Convention

COMMUNITY and FAMILY

  • Member of the Conservative Leaders for Education (national group of legislators and education leaders)
  • Graduate of the American Leadership Forum Community Education Fellows Program 2018
  • Graduate of Leadership Houston-Class 27
  • Former member of the West Houston P-16 Council on education
  • Former member of Pastor’s Council at  the Vineyard Church of Houston
  • With husband Mike Bahorich have three sons and seven grandchildren

EDUCATION

  • B.S. in Financial Management, Virginia Tech
  • M.A. in Counseling, Liberty University