AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Donna Bahorich has won a spot on the State Board of Education representing part of the Houston area.
Bahorich beat Democrat Traci Jensen for the District 6 spot formerly held by social conservative Republican Terri Leo, who didn't seek re-election.
A bloc of social conservative Republicans on the board has drawn attention in the past for ideological battles including drawing doubts to the theory of evolution. Bahorich says she's a social conservative but her vote will depend on the issue.
Bahorich, former communications director for Republican state Sen. Dan Patrick, founded a non-profit group offering supplemental classes for homeschooled children.
All 15 board spots are up for re-election following redistricting. The board's responsibilities include establishing the state's public school curriculum, approving textbooks and managing the state's permanent school fund.