From The State Capitol to City Hall – Ellen Cohen Announces Plan to Run For Council
February 21, 2011

Former State Rep. Ellen Cohen was a casualty of the  republican voter  surge  in last November’s election.

After serving two terms in the Texas House, Cohen was  narrowly defeated by Republican and Tea Party favorite Sarah Davis.

Regardless of your politics you probably know that Cohen has a long history of serving the community.

She’s anxious to get back to work and has announced plans to run for Houston City Council, District C.

(News Release)

(Houston) – Ellen Cohen announced that she is running for Houston City Council, District C.  She will officially launch her campaign on Wednesday, March 23 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Sonoma’s located at 2720 Richmond.

“For 33 years Houston has been home and my recent experience as a State Legislator ignited in me a deep commitment and passion for public service,” said Cohen.  “In keeping with that spirit, I am excited to announce my candidacy for Houston City Council, District C.  It would be and honor and a privilege to serve on Houston City Council.”

Cohen previously served in the Texas Legislator as the State Representative for House District 134.  She was the President & CEO of the Houston Area Women’s Center (HAWC) for 18 years.  Prior to her role at HAWC, she was the Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) for 10 years.

“The City of Houston faces many challenges such as the budget shortfall and aging infrastructure,” said Cohen.  “We can address these issues and others with reasoned solutions that will contribute to the strength of our great city.  Now is the time for us to work together for the city that we all believe in.”

District C includes much of the constituency Cohen served in her previous role as State Representative.  District C, like other council districts, will undergo redistricting as mandated by the City of Houston Charter.    For more information about the City of Houston redistricting process, visit    

To learn more about Ellen, visit

New State Lawmakers Hope To Make A Difference
January 16, 2011

The first day of the 2011 legislative session was a lot like the first day of  school for some newly elected lawmakers.

They fought nervous jitters, met tons of new people whose names they probably won’t remember and wondered if they would have the opportunity to standout during the next 140 days of  class, the 82nd Legislature.

State Rep. Sarah Davis (R-134) and State Rep. Ron Reynolds (D-27) hail from different parts of the Houston area, but they share a desire to represent their constituents during the 140 day session.

Both freshmen defeated veteran lawmakers to win their seats. Davis defeated former democratic State Rep Ellen Cohen. Reynolds defeated fellow democrat Doro Olivo in the March 2010 primary and won the election in November.

Davis  said her  top issues are balancing the budget, immigration reform, voter ID and repealing President Obama’s healthcare reform.  She keeps a list of priorities in her office given to her by members of  a Houston area  Tea Party.  Republicans have a supermajority in the House of Representatives, which means they can pass their  legislation without any votes from democrats.

State Rep. Reynolds said he hopes to contribute to the session by fighting for education  and to lessen the severity of the budget cuts on some the most neediest Texans.

 The 82nd Legislature is facing a $28.6 Billion budget deficit and will have to tackle issues like redistricting.

 Now that they are sworn in, Davis and Reynolds are eagerly awaiting their first committee assignments.  I’ll keep you posted on their progress during the session.