Board Term: Jan. 1, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2021
Donna Bahorich, a Houston Republican, was named chair of the State Board of Education by Gov. Greg Abbott on June 18, 2015. Her term as leader of the 15-member elected board continues through Feb. 1, 2017.
Bahorich was elected to the state board as the District 6 representative in 2012 and 2016. She initially took office on Jan. 1, 2013. She serves on the Committee on School Initiatives, which oversees agenda items related to charter schools, State Board for Educator Certification rules, and the appointment of school board members for those districts located on military bases. Bahorich previously chaired this committee. She also served as a member of the board's Ad Hoc Committee on the Long-Range Plan for Public Education.
After graduating from Virginia Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree in financial management, Bahorich went to work in the telecommunications industry. She was first employed by the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Company, under the AT&T umbrella, and later transferred to Mountain Bell. During her time at Bell, she handled multi-million dollar contracts and earned recognition as one of the top five district manager candidates in the company. She also served as a loaned executive to the United Way in her community.
In 1990, Bahorich earned a Master of Arts degree in counseling from Liberty University.
In 2005, Bahorich became the campaign manager for Dan Patrick during his first run for a state senate seat. She subsequently worked as the district director, campaign treasurer, and communications director for Sen. Patrick. Bahorich was named the Senate District 7 Volunteer of the Year in 2007. She also served as the 2010 Harris County Republican primary director, assigning polling locations and assembling election personnel for 885 precincts for primary and runoff elections.
An active community volunteer, Bahorich served as a member of the West Houston P-16 Council; graduated from the Leadership Houston program; served as president of the Daughters of Liberty Republican Women; and as a member of the pastor’s council at Houston Vineyard Church.
Bahorich and her husband have three sons and five grandchildren.
As the District 6 representative, Bahorich represents part of Harris County.