Senfronia Thompson

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Senfronia Thompson
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 141st district
In office
Personal details
Born (1939-01-01) January 1, 1939 (age 76)
Booth, Texas
Political party Democratic
Residence Houston, Texas
Alma mater Texas Southern University, University of Houston
Profession attorney, educator

Senfronia Thompson (born January 1, 1939) is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing the 141st District since 1972.

Thompson is the former Dean of Women Legislators in Texas.[1] She has been elected to 20 terms in office. Thompson also advises the United Negro College Fund in Texas.


Thompson was born in Booth, Texas. Her family moved to Houston, where she was reared.[citation needed]

She holds multiple advanced college degrees. A Bachelor of Science in biology and a Master's degree in education from Texas Southern University; a Juris Doctorate from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law; and a post-law degree, Master of Law in International Law from the University of Houston. Thompson has two adult children, one grandson, one granddaughter and one great-granddaughter. [2]

She represents HD 141, which covers northeast Houston and the Humble area. In 1983, Texas Monthly magazine classified Thompson, along with Kae T. Patrick of San Antonio and Erwin Barton of Pasadena, as "Used Furniture", meaning among the most inconsequential of legislators in that particular session.[3]

Thompson is the dean of women legislators, having served longer in the legislature than any other African-American woman in Texas history. A Houston attorney, Thompson is serving her twentieth term in the Texas House of Representatives.[citation needed]

Beer Distributor Controversy[edit]

In 2015, Thompson sponsored legislation limiting the right of craft brewers in Texas to directly market their product in an effort to bolster the three-tier distribution system. The National Institute on Money and State Politics noted that Thompson accepted campaign donations of $34,000 from the Beer Alliance of Texas and over $20,000 from Licensed Beverage Distributors and over $15,000 from Wholesale Distributors of Texas. [4]


  1. ^ Texas House of Representatives - Senfronia Thompson
  2. ^ Senfronia Thompson. Biography Texas House of Representatives. 2013. Retrieved July 1, 2013
  3. ^ Paul Burka (July 1983). "The Ten Best and The Ten Worst Legislators". Texas Monthly. Retrieved February 23, 2015. 
  4. ^ Matt Levin (March 19, 2015). "Houston lawmaker's bill threatens Texas' craft beer industry". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 

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