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Advocacy Update – A recap of 2023

December 21, 2023

Maureen Johns

Frisco Chamber of Commerce

Representative Mihaela Plesa of HD 70, which covers part of Frisco ISD, filed House Bill 4342 on our behalf. The bill was designed to strengthen financial literacy in Texas public high schools, to help students excel personally, and to meet the evo…

The 2024 Election War Room

December 13, 2023

Hayden Sparks

The Texan

After finishing her freshman year as a Texas legislator, Rep. Mihaela Plesa (D-Dallas) will face one of two Republican challengers to her seat: Joe Collins, a Navy veteran and former radio show host, and Steven Kinard, director of Bitcoin mining ana…

Texas GOP Civil War Rages in 2024 on State House Primary Battlefield

December 12, 2023

Mike Hailey

Capitol Inside

The statistics alone are giving many Republican representatives ample cause for fear about the fate of re-election bids nonetheless—and that’s especially true in the case of those who voted for Attorney General Ken Paxton’s impeach…

March Primaries Hold Few Surprises for Texas Legislature Races

December 12, 2023

Bethany Erickson

D Magazine

In HD 70, Democrat incumbent Mihaela Plesa drew three Republican challengers: Joe Collins, Steven Kinard, and Jack Ryan Gallagher. Incumbent Venton Jones, a Democrat representing HD100, will face former state Rep. Barbara Mallory Caraway and Justic…

Who Will Be On The Texas Ballot In 2024?

December 11, 2023

Michelle Davis


We made it to the filing deadline. We know who will be in the primary races and who will be on the ballot in 2024. Scroll down for the full list in this order: U.S. Senate, Railroad Commissioner, Congress, State Senate, State House, State Board of E…

Sierra Club 2023 Texas Legislative Scorecard

December 6, 2023

Dave Cortez

Sierra Club

“In her first term, Plesa voted mostly in favor of votes Sierra Club supported with the exception of SB 2011. However, she voted the wrong way on a few bills we opposed too - HB 5, HB 2827. We give her credit for filing a bill (HB 1175) to get…

North Texas Democrats unite against private school vouchers

October 20, 2023


The Dallas Examiner

Drawing attention to the harmful effects vouchers would have on North Texas Schools if passed during the special session of the 88th Legislature, North Texas state representatives in collaboration with local education and community leaders held a cr…

Gov. Abbott says staff is working closely with House Republicans to hammer out deal on school choice bill

October 17, 2023

Jack Fink

CBS Austin

Democratic state lawmakers rallied against the legislation at a news conference in Dallas Friday, including Representative Mihaela Plesa (D-Plano). “It is up to us to protect public education. Let us not rob our children of their rightful reso…

Ken Paxton who? Life in Collin County goes on despite impeachment trial

September 18, 2023

Caroline Love


No Democrats won Collin County in 2020 — but there were three in 2022. That included State Representative Mihaela Plesa. Her race was close — she won by less than a thousand votes. But Democratic momentum is growing as the county diversi…

Collin County is Ken Paxton’s political stronghold — but there are cracks in the wall

September 5, 2023

Caroline Love


Ken Paxton owes his political career to Collin County — which is known for being a conservative stronghold. But cracks are forming in that resolve.

Mihaela Plesa brings a new voice to Texas politics

August 28, 2023

Alyssa High

Plano Magazine

Rep. Mihaela Plesa marks a new chapter for the Texas House of Representatives as the first woman Democrat elected in Collin County and the first Romanian-American elected in Texas.

The girls are fighting, y’all!

August 23, 2023

Kendall Scudder

Pod Bless Texas

Pod Bless Texas host Kendall Scudder is joined by State Representative Mihaela Plesa, the first Democrat to represent Collin County in over 35 years. Kendall and Mihaela discuss her first legislative session as a member, her legislative accomplishme…

Abbott signs laws cracking down on illegal street racing

August 8, 2023

Laura Dennis

Odessa American

Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday ceremonially signed two key laws to protect Texans from illegal street racing passed during the 88th Regular Legislative Session at the Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex in Fort Worth. The legislation, House Bill 1442…

House Reps. John Bryant and Ana-Maria Ramos cover Property Tax Relief Program

July 6, 2023

Kara Hawley

Austin American-Statesman

Texas House Representatives Donna Howard, left, Ana-Maria Ramos, Mihaela Plesa, Vikki Goodwin, Christina Morales and John Bryant give a press conference about their property tax relief program at the Texas State Capitol on Thursday, July 6, 2023…

Texas lawmakers offer support, prayers following deadly shooting at Allen Premium Outlets

June 29, 2023

Tom Johanningmeier

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Rep. Mihaela Plesa, a Dallas Democrat, who also represents part of Allen warned Collin County residents of the active shooter situation in a Saturday post and urged the Legislature to act in its final days. “I’m praying for all who are a…

Freshman House members reflect on first legislative session

June 15, 2023

Charlotte Scott

Spectrum Local News

Rep. Mihaela Plesa, D-Dallas, started the legislative session on a mission to expand women’s reproductive rights, especially since lawmakers passed a near-total abortion ban two years ago…

Plano Democrat doesn’t see school choice passing during regular session

May 21, 2023

Michael McCardel


Rep. Mihaela Plesa says if there is a special session, gun safety should be included.

Democratic Rep. Mihaela Plesa Scuttles Republican Election Bill Twice With Points of Order

May 18, 2023

Hayden Sparks

The Texan

Using points of order, first-term Rep. Mihaela Plesa (D-Dallas) twice scuttled legislation by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Tyler) to give the Texas Secretary of State (SOS) the leeway to use private companies to help keep the voter registration rolls free o…

Texas Democrat temporarily blocks GOP-led bill to quit voter fraud program

May 17, 2023

Reena Diamante

Spectrum Local News

A North Texas Democrat effectively blocked a bill that would have allowed Texas to end participation in a national voter verification system. After a check of the House rules, Texas Republicans appeared to have no choice but to withdraw one of their…

Can politicians opposing gun reforms rely on Collin County voters after a mass shooting?

May 16, 2023

Caroline Love


Collin County traditionally has elected Republican politicians who don’t support gun reforms. But there’s a growing number of residents speaking out for those reforms — and even against those politicians — after the mass shoo…

“Vote them out’ is the battle cry for protesters in Allen after mass shooting

May 13, 2023

Caroline Love


Texas State Rep. Mihaela Plesa encouraged people during her speech to vote out Republican politicians. She was the first Democrat to be elected to a state House seat in Collin County in decades. “They have not passed any bill to keep us safe…

Texas lawmakers question why Allen mall shooter’s online extremism was missed

May 10, 2023

Teresa Woodard


According to an FBI bulletin written after the shooting, 33-year-old Mauricio Garcia had posted violent, white supremacist rhetoric and images hundreds of times on his social media accounts. et, he was not known to law enforcement. At least not unti…

Bills we are watching

May 5, 2023

Leslie Stanton

Plano ISD Legislative Affairs Newsletter

HB 3555 by Rep. Mihaela Plesa (D-Plano) relating to transparency in taxation, or Taxparency. For every taxpayer, on the face of the tax bill and the website of the assessor-collector, show the amount of ad valorem taxes that fund their local school…

Community members in support of diversity gather for a civil rights protest in Austin

April 22, 2023

Valerie Perez

CBS Austin

Rep. Plesa’s statement focused on how House Democrats are standing up for families, children, teachers, health care workers, first responders, and small businesses: “Collin County, and Texans across our state, are rejecting extremism, di…

Anti-‘Stealthing’ Bill Would Crack Down on Nonconsensual Condom-Removers

April 10, 2023

Simone Carter

Dallas Observer

Last week, HB 5179 or the “Texas Anti-Stealthing Act” by state Rep. Mihaela E. Plesa was heard by the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence. Plesa, a Collin County Democrat, laid out some alarming statistics during the hea…

Plano ISD’s Been Running On A Budget Deficit Since 2019

March 23, 2023

Virginia Mingorance


In PISD’s case, the school district paid $2.4 billion in recapture payments. According to Texas House Representative Mihaela Plesa, there are a couple of reasons for this. For one, while property value in wealthy districts like Plano went up i…

Texas Lawmakers Pull Resolution Honoring Historic Gay Couple

March 17, 2023

Donald Padgett

The Advocate

HR 85, authored by State Rep. Mihaela Plesa, a Democrat from Dallas, honored Mark Phariss and Victor Holmes, the gay Texas couple who challenged the state’s ban on marriage equality in 2013. “I’ve spoken with Mark and Vic, and we…

Resolution honoring gay marriage plaintiffs pulled from vote in Texas House

March 16, 2023

Lauren McGaughy

Dallas Morning News

“I find it deeply hurtful that HR 85 has been targeted by a handful of disruptive and unproductive members,” Rep. Mihaela Plesa, D-Dallas, said in a statement provided to The News. “We will not be a party to the hatefulness on disp…

Four new Texas House members discuss immigration, property taxes and public school financing

January 8, 2023

James Barragán

Texas Tribune

Democrat state Reps. Mihaela Plesa of Collin County said HER biggest priorities were increasing funding for public education and reducing property taxes. Plesa pushed for giving retired teachers a 14th paycheck for the year, an increase over the 13…

Plano native first Collin County Democrat elected to Texas House in decades

November 20, 2022

Michael McCardel


As the first Democrat to win a Collin County House seat in nearly three decades, Representative-elect Mihaela Plesa understands the significance of her victory. “They can outspend us, but they will not out work us,” the Democrat said on …

A Conversation With Mihaela Plesa

November 15, 2022

Kennedy Sessions

Texas Signal

Mihaela Plesa made history as the first Democrat to represent Collin County in the state house in 30 years. Now she’ll be at the state capitol representing her own North Texas community. The Signal spoke to HD70 State Rep-Elect Plesa on her wi…

Democrat Mihaela Plesa appears to win suburban Plano seat for Texas state house

November 9, 2022

Caroline Love


Preliminary results show that Democrat Mihaela Plesa won the new Texas statehouse seat for House District 70, beating Republican Jamee Jolly by 821 votes. The Collin County Elections Department showed that Plesa got 29,538 votes compared to 28,717 f…

Next year’s Texas Legislature looks a lot like the last one

November 9, 2022

Shelly Brisbin

Texas Standard

Democrat Mihaela Plesa has declared victory in her race for the open HD70 seat formerly held by Republican Scott Sanford, who did not seek reelection. Is this an upset victory for Democrats? No, that was one of the districts that was going to be a t…

Plano’s Mihaela Plesa becomes first Democrat in decades to win Collin County House seat

November 9, 2022

Aarón Torres

Dallas Morning News

Mihaela Plesa became the first Democrat in almost 30 years to win a Collin County Texas House seat Tuesday, narrowly defeating Republican Jamee Jolly in a district Republicans redrew to favor Democrats. Plesa, a legislative director who helps craft…

Democrats and Republicans in Collin County vie for open Texas House House District 70 seat

October 28, 2022

Caroline Love


Democrat Mihaela Plesa and Republican Jamee Jolly have both spent many Saturdays walking the tree-lined streets of the suburban Plano district they hope to represent. But first, wherever they start, caffeine. Jolly goes for a black iced tea with two…

‘I shouldn’t have to live like that’: Collin County Dems hope Beto O’Rourke breaks through

October 27, 2022

Gromer Jeffers Jr.

Dallas Morning News

Republicans redrew Collin County legislative maps to increase GOP voting power. That means the demographic shifts and the inroads Democrats have tried to make in the county could finally net a legislative win, if Mihaela Plesa can beat Republican Ja…

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October 2, 2022

Dallas Morning News Editorial Board

Dallas Morning News

Mihaela Plesa is a strong candidate with a working knowledge of the Legislature. She demonstrated a complete sense of the difference recapture makes in Plano ISD’s ability to properly fund its schools.

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