Shelby Slawson

Shelby Laine Slawson (born May 3, 1977)[1] is an American attorney, businesswoman, and politician. She has represented the 59th District in the Texas House of Representatives since 2021. A member of the Republican Party, Slawson also serves as an attorney at her law firm, Slawson Law, PLLC in Stephenville, Texas.

Shelby Slawson
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 59th district
Assumed office
January 12, 2021
Preceded byJ. D. Sheffield
Personal details
Born (1977-05-03) May 3, 1977 (age 45)
Texas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of Texas at Dallas (BA)
University of Texas at Austin (JD)
OccupationAttorney
Businesswoman
Websitehttps://shelbyslawson.com/

Early lifeEdit

She was born and raised in Texas. She graduated from Stephenville High School. She attended University of Texas at Dallas earning an undergraduate degree in government and politics in 2000. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law in 2003.[2][3]

CareerEdit

BusinessEdit

Since then she started and worked in small businesses, including Erath Rentals, Slawson Roofing, Inc., StephenvilleForRent.com, and as an attorney for her law firm.

Slawson served as an appointed board member for the Stephenville Economic Development Authority (SEDA).[4][5]

PoliticsEdit

In 2018, Slawson ran for Erath County judge, losing to Alfonso Campos in a runoff election in the Republican primary.[6][7]

Shelby filed in June 2019 to run for the Texas House of Representatives District 59 seat, running against incumbent J. D. Sheffield.[8] She defeated Sheffield in the 2020 Republican primary runoff with 61% of the vote in July 2020. Slawson ran unopposed in the November 2020 election.[9] Slawson had endorsements from Sid Miller and Pat Fallon.[9]

On March 11, 2021, state senator Bryan Hughes of Mineola, Texas introduced a six-week abortion ban entitled the Texas Heartbeat Bill (SB8) into the state senate, while Slawson introduced a companion bill (HB1515) into the Texas House.[10] The bill allowed private citizens to sue those who performed abortions after six weeks.[10] The SB8 version of the bill passed both chambers and was signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on May 19, 2021.[10] It took effect on September 1, 2021.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Shelby Slawson's Biography". votesmart.org. Retrieved January 26, 2021.
  2. ^ "Meet Shelby – Shelby Slawson For Texas". Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  3. ^ "Q and A with Erath County Judge Candidate Shelby Slawson". The Flash Today || Erath County. March 4, 2018. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  4. ^ JRoss@EmprireTribune.com, J. MICHAEL ROSS. "SEDA board to recommend Wachholz as executive director". Stephenville Empire-Tribune. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  5. ^ "Board of Directors". Stephenville Economic Development Authority. Retrieved August 2, 2020.
  6. ^ "Q and A with Erath County Judge Candidate Shelby Slawson". The Flash Today || Erath County. March 4, 2018. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  7. ^ Vanden Berge, Sara. "'A journey of a lifetime:' Campos reflects on months-long campaign, talks future". Stephenville Empire-Tribune. Retrieved July 30, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "Shelby Slawson announces candidacy". The Comanche Chief. June 20, 2019. Retrieved January 26, 2021.
  9. ^ a b Wilson, Mark. "Slawson tops Sheffield for District 59 post". Stephenville Empire-Tribune. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  10. ^ a b c d Najmabadi, Shannon. Gov. Greg Abbott signs into law one of nation's strictest abortion measures, banning procedure as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, Texas Tribune, May 19, 2021.

External linksEdit

Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the
Texas House of Representatives
from the 59th district

2021–present
Incumbent