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Wednesdays Winning Women - In the House - Representative Toni Rose

  • Veteran Women's Enterprise Center (VWEC) 4900 South Lancaster Road Dallas United States (map)

Join our partners, Veteran Women Business Owners United as they close out their third quarter Winning Women Series -- "In the House with Representative Toni Rose." Representative Rose will share some of the changes made during this legislative session and discuss how we can be prepared to be actively involved in the upcoming elections. What to do if you recently transitioned? Changes you need to make if you recently moved. Representative Rose will share information you need to know regardless of political parties. You have a voice, make sure you know how to let your's be heard!


State Representative Toni Rose is a compassionate leader who was elected in 2012 to represent House District 110 in the Texas House of Representatives. The district includes diverse communities in Oak Cliff, Highland Hills, Pleasant Grove, Balch Springs and Mesquite. Her legislative focus includes mental health reform, access to affordable healthcare, improving the quality of life for our aging population, and the underserved communities alike, as well as juvenile and criminal justice reforms.

Representative Rose serves on the powerful House Appropriations and House Calendars Committees; and continues to serve as a member of the Human Services and the Health and Human Services Transition Legislative Oversight Committees. Most recently, Representative Rose was appointed to the Select Committee on Opioids and Substance Abuse. This important committee is charged, among other things, in examining best practices in combating our state's opioid epidemic.

Previously, she served as Vice Chair of the House Committee on Human Services as well as the Corrections Committee, Rules & Resolutions Committee, Juvenile Justice & Family Issues and the Texas Legislative Committee on Aging.

Representative Rose continues to author significant legislation that has a direct impact on the daily lives of all Texans, including:
• Secured mental health funding for North Texans to receive mental health services and medication.
• Secured funding for the E-Rate program at the Texas State Library & Archives Commission to ensure all local public libraries have access to high-speed broadband.
• Secured funding for Texas Task Force II, an Urban Search and Rescue Team that covers 16 counties in North Texas and provides support and relief in response to emergency disasters.
• Passed legislation that requires the Texas Medical Board to establish guidelines to address prescribing an opioid antagonist in particular to patients who are at high risk for overdose.
• Successfully secured funding for Dallas County to cover transportation expenses for senior citizens and caregivers to attend health fairs and county wellness centers to improve their quality of life.
• Successfully passed legislation to provide schools with resources to create a positive school climate for children with adverse student experiences.
• Creating a pilot program to provide protective services to senior citizens or disabled individuals determined to be at risk of future harm from abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

Representative Rose's effective leadership coupled with her knowledge of the legislative process, was instrumental in her election as Treasurer of the Texas House Democratic Caucus, Secretary of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus and Treasurer of the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women.

Representative Rose obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Paul Quinn College. Her expertise in mental health issues and criminal justice continues to be a driving force in her evolving leadership in the Texas House of Representatives.