State Representative Toni Rose was first elected in 2012 to represent Texas House District 110. The district includes parts of southern Dallas, Balch Springs and Mesquite Texas’ diverse communities. Her legislative focus includes a stronger public educational system as well as affordable and accessible healthcare in Dallas County and across the state of Texas.
During her second legislative session, Representative Rose was appointed as the Vice Chair of the House Committee on Human Services and member of House Committees, Rules & Resolutions and Juvenile Justice & Family Issues. She also serves as the Treasurer and Deputy Whip for the Texas House Democratic Caucus.
Over the course of just two legislative sessions, Representative Rose has authored legislation focusing on senior access to transportation, children’s health care, access to mental health services, emergency preparedness and readiness management.
Most recently, Representative Rose was honored with the 2015 Prism Award by Mental Health America of Greater Dallas, the 2015 Mental Health Advocate Award by the National Alliance on Mental Illness – Dallas as well as the 2015 Humanitarian Award presented by the Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. for her deep commitment to human capital and active role in bettering the lives of those impacted in the area of mental health or challenged by circumstance.
Representative Rose’s community first philosophy has fueled her long record of serving the community by way of numerous City of Dallas Boards and Commissions including the: Planning & Zoning Commission, Judicial Nominating Commission, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center Board and the North Central Texas Council of Governments Executive Board. Other leadership roles include the NAACP Dallas Branch, League of Women Voters of Dallas, Paul Quinn National Alumni Association, Texas Coalition of Black Democrats, United Negro College Fund (UNCF), and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Currently, Representative Rose lends her support as a board member to several community organizations including the Moorland Branch YMCA Board, Dallas Development Board for Texan Can Academies, UNCF North Texas Leadership Council and the Dallas County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). Representative Rose is also an Executive Board member of the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL Women) serving as Financial Secretary.
Representative Rose spent her childhood in the Oak Cliff section of the City of Dallas. She graduated from South Oak Cliff High School, continued her education at Prairie View A & M University and later transferred to Paul Quinn College where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. She is a mental health professional, working within the Criminal Justice System prior to her election to the Texas House of Representatives.