Senator John Carona
First elected to the Texas Legislature in 1990, Senator John Carona is now in his fifth term in the Texas Senate, representing District 16 in Dallas County. Previously, Senator Carona was elected to three terms in the Texas House of Representatives. Senator Carona has distinguished himself in the Texas Legislature as an effective leader in addressing issues such as education, criminal justice, banking, economic development, transportation and homeland security - authoring or sponsoring nearly 500 bills that have become law and helped to streamline Texas government. Senator Carona currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Business and Commerce Committee, Joint Chairman of the Legislative Oversight Board on Windstorm Insurance and as Co-Chairman of the Joint Interim Committee to Study Seacoast Territory Insurance. He also serves as a member of the Senate Select Committee on Redistricting and the Senate Criminal Justice, Education and Jurisprudence committees. Previously, he served as Chairman of the Senate Transportation and Homeland Security Committee.
Through the years, Senator Carona has been honored by a variety of organizations for leadership in the Texas Legislature. With recognition from business associations, child advocates, to teacher groups and law enforcement - John Carona has been named a "Taxpayer Advocate," a "Champion of Free Enterprise," a "Hero," three times a "Crime Fighter of the Year," a "Trailblazer," the "Most Valuable Player - Texas Senate," a "Maverick Who Mattered" and two times one of the "Ten Best Legislators," just to name a few.
Senator Carona has been a resident of Dallas since early childhood. Raised in East Dallas, he graduated from Bryan Adams High School and then went on to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in insurance and real estate from The University of Texas at Austin in 1978. He currently serves as president and CEO of a successful international realty management firm employing over 8,000 people. Senator Carona is married, a proud father of five children and grandfather to four - so far.