TFRW Woman of Distinction – June 2021
TFRW is proud to honor Representative Shelby Slawson as our June Woman of Distinction.
Shelby currently serves as a member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 59, which is composed of Comanche, Coryell, Erath, Hamilton, McCulloch, Mills, San Saba, and Somervell counties. She assumed office on January 12th, 2021, and her current term ends on January 9th, 2023.
Shelby is a native Texan, raised in House District 59 by parents who modeled hard work and fiscal responsibility under tight budgets. She grew up working jobs in fast food, retail, nursing home care, and waitressing, and went on to become a first-generation college graduate earning her B.A. from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.
Rep. Slawson is an attorney by training, but she is a rural Texas advocate by calling. She believes firmly in the power of volunteerism and the importance of community and political engagement. She is recognized as a dynamic, effective and influential leader on important community issues including economic development, taxation, land/facilities planning, annexation, and education. She is passionate, energetic and outspoken on the things that matter to rural Texans and as the freshman Representative for HD 59, Shelby is a torchbearer of their conservative values.
After successfully defeating the incumbent in 2019, she has demonstrated the merits of a rising star in our 87th Legislative Session. She was assigned to the prestigious Calendars Committee, the Pensions, Investments and Financial Services Committee, and the House State Affairs Committee. She is the first freshman to serve on Calendars since 1985 and the first freshman to serve simultaneously on Calendars and State Affairs since 1973. In the House, she has authored 24 bills and was joint author on an additional 47. Most notably, she co-authored HB 6, the Election Integrity Bill. Last week she was the lead in the layout of SB 8, the Texas Heartbeat Act, which has been signed into law by Gov. Abbott. She was also instrumental in negotiating the successful agreement of HB 1927, Texas Constitutional Carry.
Rep. Slawson is an attorney, entrepreneur, and small business owner in her hometown of Stephenville where the Slawsons are raising young Texans of their own, and where they continue to be active members in their church and community.