Dawn Buckingham passed a constitutional amendment permanently banning a state income tax.
To help communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey, Dawn Buckingham passed a constitutional amendment to provide funding for a statewide flood mitigation program.
Dawn Buckingham led the successful legal challenge to keep the City of San Antonio from moving the Alamo Cenotaph and passed legislation to preserve our state’s historic statues, markers, and monuments.
As Texas Land Commissioner, Dawn Buckingham will work to finish construction of the Border Wall on all lands controlled by the state of Texas. As a state senator, Dawn supported $1.8 billion in funding to secure the border and led the fight to make it a felony for cities to enact 'sanctuary' policies in Texas.
Dawn Buckingham believes the greatest threat to the constitutional right to vote is voter fraud. Buckingham passed an election integrity bill that makes it easier to vote and harder to cheat.
Dr. Dawn Buckingham’s close supporters, family, and friends were not surprised she made history in 2016 when she triumphed in a tough campaign to earn a place in history as the first Republican from Travis County ever elected to the Texas Senate, and the first woman ever elected to represent Senate District 24. Dr. Buckingham’s independent spirit and tenacious nature made her a natural Texas Senate leader on strengthening border security, keeping taxes low, defending the 2nd amendment, and improving public education.
Dr. Dawn Buckingham was one of the first and most vocal physicians to stand up against Obamacare. Her outspoken voice led to Bloomberg news publishing her perspective that “Obamacare would be the downfall of the American healthcare system.” Since then, she has continued to be a strong conservative fighter against the liberal Austin and Washington, DC elite. Additionally, President Donald Trump tapped into Dr. Buckingham’s health care expertise during a White House healthcare meeting. In her continued relentless fight she is not afraid to stand up for Texans and has proven herself a conservative fighter for Texas values locally, statewide, and nationally.
Dr. Buckingham’s family were among the first settlers to Texas seven generations ago, and that tough, independent, pioneer spirit is deeply rooted in her personality. True to her Texas roots, her commitment to service began early, serving as a volunteer firefighter, and attending the Texas A&M Fire School. She is also an avid hunter and outdoorswoman.
Dr. Buckingham is instinctively fiscally conservative and averse to debt. Thus when there wasn’t enough money to fund a traditional college experience, she chose to live at home and work two jobs to pay for college at UT-Austin. With endurance of spirit she graduated Magna Cum Laude and debt-free. It was during college that she met the love of her life and husband of 30 years, Ed Buckingham. Dawn and Ed both received their medical degrees from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and they have two children. Her commitment to service and recognition for her work has allowed her to hold leadership positions in local, state, and national organizations.