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Florence Shapiro was raised in Dallas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. Shapiro, a former public school teacher, is recognized as an education reformer whose chief concern is that all students in the state of Texas receive a great education, no matter their zip code. Shapiro spent 9 years as Chair of the Senate Education Committee during a distinguished 19-year career as a leader in the Texas State Senate. Prior to the Texas Senate, Shapiro spent six terms on the Plano City Council, served as the Mayor of Plano, and President of the Texas Municipal League.
As a State Senator, she is best known for her work in regional mobility, setting accountability standards for public education, and for protecting children from sexual predators. Many of the Texas laws Shapiro authored have been duplicated in other state legislatures and in Congress. Shapiro has been a teacher, a small business owner, a volunteer, a board chairman, and President and Founder of such groups as the Collin County Junior League and the Information & Referral Center of Collin County receiving over 250 awards for her public service.
Today, Shapiro is a public policy consultant and serves on several community Boards including Chair of the Dallas Holocaust Museum Center for Tolerance & Education, as well as the boards of AT&T Performing Arts Center, COMMIT! Dallas, Southwestern Medical Foundation, University of Texas at Austin Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, Communities Foundation of Texas, Children’s MedicalCenter of Dallas, and Collin County Business Alliance. Shapiro chaired the Boards of Texans for Education Reform, Educate Texas, and Tex Protects, an organization which advocates statewide to protect children from abuse and neglect. In addition, Senator Shapiro has had numerous recognitions such as the renaming of the Plano City Council chamber “Senator Florence Shapiro Council Chamber” and the Assistance Center of Collin County renaming the welcoming center the “Florence Shapiro Welcoming Center.”
Shapiro and her husband, Howard, have been married for 49 years and are the proud parents of three children and twelve grandchildren.