A Texas Trailblazer
From humble beginnings, Martha worked to overcome the
poverty and discrimination of her youth. She has grown
to become a mother, grandmother, successful businesswoman,
career educator, college professor, elected official,
Bush gubernatorial appointee, trailblazer for Houston
women and a recognized leader in the Texas Asian community.
Did we also mention she’s just getting started?
The story of Martha’s youth is a compelling one.
Martha was born in Houston and moved to Mississippi
as a young child. Her parents moved the family back
to Texas, so their children could get an education in
Texas public schools. Their dream of a better life for
Martha and her siblings, and her family’s strong
commitment to education left an impression on Martha
Wong. She worked hard through school and eventually
earned a BS from the University of Texas, as well as
teaching certifications in elementary education, special
education, supervision, and administration. Martha earned
her doctorate in education while putting three children
through college after her husband died of a heart attack.
She spent twenty years in Texas’ public school
classrooms as a teacher and administrator. Martha Wong
has a lifetime of hands-on experience to bring to the
debate on how to best educate Texas’ sons and
Family and Hard Work
Martha is the mother of three grown children and is
now a proud grandmother. She is also a small business
owner. As the daughter of immigrant parents, Martha
has lived the American dream first hand. Growing up
as a child in segregation era Houston, she lived in
the back of her father’s small Heights-area grocery
store, in a day when her family couldn’t even
rent a home because they were of Asian descent. She
worked for her father's grocery store from junior high
through college summers without ever being paid. It
was just her role and duty as a member of the family
to help make ends meet. Martha's family never asked
for handouts; they believed in hard work to get ahead.
As the first Asian-American Council Member at Houston
City Hall, Martha fought for lower taxes, less government
and safer neighborhoods. She led the fight to place
new restrictions on sexually oriented businesses and
kept strip clubs out of Houston neighborhoods. As the
chairperson of the city’s first committee on privatization,
Martha saved Houston taxpayers over 24 million dollars
through streamlining city services and out-sourcing
bloated government functions to private companies. Both
at city hall and in her district, Martha has been known
as a constituent-oriented Council Member who believes
in customer service and taking a stand for Houston neighborhoods.
Martha Wong is no stranger to state government either.
Governor George W. Bush asked Martha to serve on the
governing board of the Texas Economic Development Agency.
She has been a part of "cleaning up" the department.
Blazing New Trails
When elected to the State Legislature, Martha will be
the only Asian-American serving as an elected official
in Texas state government, the first female Texan of
Asian descent to serve, and only the second Texan with
Asian heritage to ever serve our state in its proud
history. The best part of all: Martha Wong is a lifelong
Once elected, Martha will continue her fight for less
government, lower property taxes, better flood control
and stronger schools for Texas children.
The important lessons of her youth remain close to
Martha’s heart and are evident in the way she
leads today. Martha is tough, strong, fair, and a hard
worker. She will be a strong advocate in the State Legislature.
She’s the kind of person we want fighting on