This blog has been tracking the trailblazing awesomeness of Fran Watson for a few years. The first Black female president of the Houston GLBT Caucus. The second Black woman elected as a Houston Pride Grand Marshal
Now Fran is running for the Texas Senate and making a bid to become only the third Black woman elected to the body since Eddie Bernice Johnson was serving in the senate from the Dallas area District 23 from 1987-93.
It’s been an even longer drought for Black female representation in the Texas Senate from the Houston area. The last Houston area Black woman to be elected to the Texas Senate was the first Black woman ever elected to that body, the legendary political trailblazer Barbara Jordan back in 1967.
Rep. Senfronia Thompson, the dean of the Texas House who has served in that body since 1968, was the most recent Houston area woman to try and unfortunately fail to break that streak.
Thompson ran for the Texas Senate District 13 seat vacated by Rodney Ellis, who is now a Harris County commissioner after serving 26 years in the chamber, but was defeated by Borris Miles for it..
Fran Watson is running for the Senate District 17 seat that covers much of southwest and west Houston, Bellaire, and parts of Fort Bend and Brazoria Counties currently held by Joan Huffman (R).
Watson’s campaign is picking up momentum and this Victory Fund endorsement is only the latest evidence of it. Will we see history made this November?
We have a few months until we get to that point, but that endorsement is a major boost to her campaign. .