How This Small Business Owner’s Frustrations Led Her to Serve in Public Office

Ellen Troxclair says she never intended to run for public office. She was busy growing her small real estate business in Texas, but grew frustrated by the high property taxes that were keeping buyers out of the market. 

Troxclair ran for public office, becoming the youngest-ever elected woman, and lone conservative, on the Austin City Council. During her time there, she was successful in bringing property tax relief to Austin residents.

In 2022, voters elected Troxclair to the Texas House of Representatives, where she again advocated tax relief and helped pass what was called the largest property tax cut in U.S. history. 

Her desire to solve the practical problems facing her community not only led Troxclair to serve in public office, but to write the book “Step Up!: How To Advocate Like a Woman,” encouraging other women to be part of the solution to local problems. 

Troxclair joins the “Problematic Women” podcast to share her story, discuss the role of local political leaderss, and offer first-time homebuyers some real estate advice. 

Listen to the podcast below: 

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