Rhetta Bowers in the Garland Journal

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Rhetta Bowers is a dedicated wife, mother, and Democrat, committed to changing her community for the better.

With Tuesday’s election, she will represent the Democratic party in the race for TX House of Representatives 113 and she will face Republican Jonathon Boos in the general election, in November.

Bowers comes from a long line of activists. Her father, an immigrant from the West Indies, was a nationally recognized surgeon. Her mother, who worked beside him, was a prominent community leader. Rhetta followed their courageous examples of community engagement. Her own life of activism began when she volunteered to phone bank for late Congressman Mickey Leland as a pre-teen and she has not stopped since.

An involved member of the community, Rhetta shepherded her children through local public schools. As an educator, a PTA member, and through her volunteer work with Garland Independent School District, Rhetta has learned the value of investing in young people. She was appointed to the Rowlett Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and served for eight years. She has a proven record of working with community leaders in the City of Rowlett, as well as leaders in the City of Dallas. Rhetta looks forward to serving the North Texas community in which she and her husband have raised their children.

As a part-time educator and a full-time wife and mother, she knows from experience that the path to success is founded upon hard work, access to education, job opportunity, and healthcare. She ran for State House in 2016 and is running again in 2018 because of her commitment to ensuring that every Texan gets a fair shot.

In January 2017, Rhetta served as the Chair of the Dallas Women’s March, an empowering and positive march that drew thousands of participants. Rhetta is a faithful and active member of St. Paul United Methodist Church and a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is the proud wife of a Gulf War veteran, MSG (ret.).

Bowers is a native Houstonian, an alumna of both Spelman College and Texas Southern University, earning her bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications, with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism.

About Rhetta

Representative Bowers was elected to serve House District 113 in the Texas House of Representatives on November 8, 2018. She made history elected as the first African American to represent this district. House District 113 includes all or parts of Rowlett, Garland, Mesquite, Sunnyvale, Seagoville, Combine, Balch Springs, and Dallas.

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