Rep. Ellen Cohen was elected to the House in 2006 after an 18-year stint as the President and CEO of the Houston Area Women’s Center (HAWC) in a high-profile and hard-fought race that tipped the partisan balance of the Harris County House delegation in favor of the Democrats. Cohen is a cancer survivor and a longtime advocate of women’s health issues. In 2007, she was the first House sponsor of the bill creating the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) that funds grants addressing cancer research, clinical trials, and laboratory facility construction in Texas. We talked about this and other issues in the interview:
On a side note, Rep. Cohen’s birthday is this Saturday. You can visit her Facebook page to pass along your best birthday wishes.
You can find a list of all interviews for this cycle on the 2010 Elections page.