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Birthdate: Dec. 14, 1947
Birth Place: Sulphur Springs, TX, United States
Residence: Yantis, TX
VaLinda Hathcox is a rancher and retired attorney who was born in Sulphur Springs, Texas, and lives in Yantis. She received a bachelor's and master's degrees from Texas A&M University and a law degree from the University of Texas.
She has run unsuccessfully for both the Texas Senate and the U.S. Congress.
Hathcox was a county attorney for Hopkins County and became the first woman to be elected prosecutor. She also served as president of the Hopkins County Community Chest.
Hathcox was the first woman to be director of governmental relations and programs for the Texas Attorney General, the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Association of Counties.
After graduating from law school, Hathcox worked for five years as an administrative tax examiner and judge. She served as director of programs for the State Bar of Texas and helped lead the successful repeal of the Texas inheritance tax.
She also was a special assistant attorney general.
Hathcox has been active in the Texas Association of Counties.
She is divorced.
VaLinda Hathcox is a former Hopkins County prosecutor who has been a perennial Democratic candidate in Northeast Texas since 1994. Hathcox sought the Democratic nomination for U.S. Congress in Texas' 4th District in 2008 and 2010, but lost in the primary both times. In 2012, she ran unopposed and secured the Democratic nomination to face incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall.
Hathcox said she would work to lower land taxes, protect private property rights of landowners and preserve veterans' benefits.
She began her public service career as an intern in the planning division of the General Land Office under Land Commissioner Bob Armstrong.
She ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for the 1st District in the Texas Senate in 1994, then was elected Hopkins County attorney two years later. She won the Democratic nomination for land commissioner in 2006, but lost the general election, capturing approximately 40 percent of the vote.
Hathcox was a charter member of the Hopkins County Democratic Women, Travis County Democratic Women and Texas Democratic Women. She previously served as a voting delegate to the county and state Democratic Convention from both Travis and Hopkins counties.
Source: Associated Press
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