About Sharon

  • Resident of Plano and HD 66 for twenty-one years
  • Married to her husband Jim forty-three years
  • Proud mother of four and grandmother to two beautiful girls
  • Two-time nominee for Plano ISD Superintendent’s Service Award
  • Two-time Texas PTA life membership awardee
  • Served three year term on Plano ISD School Health Advisory Committee (SHAC)
  • Served as community member on Rice M.S. School Based Improvement Committee (SBIC)
  • Established in 2012 and annually funds the Hirsch-Collin College Scholarship
  • Graduate of Plano Citizens Government Academy
  • Two-term member of Plano Cultural Affairs Commission
  • Graduate of Leadership Plano Class 34
  • Current board member of Leadership Plano
  • Member of League of Women Voters
  • Founding member, past president, former fundraising co-chair for Women Organizing Women Democrats (WOW Dems)
  • Senate District 8 Committeewoman for State Democratic Executive Committee
  • Precinct Chair for Collin County Democratic Party (CCDP)
  • Volunteer Committee and Candidate Recruitment Committee for CCDP
  • Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar
  • Graduate of Collin College (summa cum laude)
  • Graduate of University of North Texas (summa cum laude)
  • 2013-14 UNT BAAS Outstanding Student
  • Volunteer for Girls on the Run
  • Specialty volunteer for Vitas Hospice
  • Co-chaired 5th Annual Builders of Justice Progressive Dinner and awards ceremony benefiting Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas

Sharon's Story

Sharon, her husband Jim, and their four children moved to Plano and House District 66 in 1996 when Jim accepted a position with Plano ISD. Sharon feels fortunate that her children have established their careers in the area. An added bonus is having their two beautiful granddaughters close by. Her entire family fully supports her campaign to represent HD 66 in Austin.

Photo by Gallery Moments Photography

Photo by Gallery Moments Photography

Sharon had the privilege of serving for 12 years as an administrative support staff member on Plano ISD elementary, middle and high school campuses. During that time, she was twice nominated for the Superintendent’s Service Award and was awarded Texas PTA Honorary Life Memberships from both Rice Middle School and McMillen High School. At McMillen H.S. she served as the faculty liaison to the PTSA. She participated in the School Based Improvement Committee (SBIC) at Rice Middle School as a community member and was appointed to the district’s School Health Advisory Committee (SHAC), serving for three years. Throughout her children’s academic careers, she was an active volunteer with parent groups, booster clubs, and after-school activities.

Sharon Hirsch AVID Scholarship

In 2012 Sharon and Jim established and fully fund the Hirsch-Collin College Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to a Plano ISD graduate who has completed the AVID (Achievement Via Individual Determination) program and enrolls in Collin College. Many students who participate in AVID become first generation college students. It has been a pleasure to help these deserving young students on their path to higher education. 

Active in our community, Sharon is a graduate of the Plano Citizens Government Academy and is currently serving her second term on the city’s Cultural Affairs Commission. Sharon is a proud graduate of Leadership Plano Class 34 - the best class ever - and was elected to the LP Board in May 2017.

Sharon Hirsch Leadership Plano

Sharon was a founding member, past president, and former fundraising co-chair for Women Organizing Women Democrats. She remains an active member and supporter of this dynamic group. Sharon was elected as the Senate District 8 Committeewoman to the State Democratic Executive Committee in July 2016. She is a precinct chair and serves on both the volunteer and candidate recruitment committees for the Collin County Democratic Party. She is an active member of the League of Women Voters.

Sharon Hirsch UNT Graduation

Sharon is a graduate of Collin College (Associate of Arts, General Studies) and the University of North Texas (Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences). The BAAS faculty at UNT named her the Outstanding BAAS Student for 2013-2014. She graduated summa cum laude from Collin College in December 2012 and summa cum laude from UNT in December 2014. Sharon retired from her position with Plano ISD in June of 2013 in order to concentrate on completing her coursework. Her degree was housed in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service where she focused on coursework that emphasized civic engagement and work in the public sector.

Sharon enjoys volunteering for Girls on the Run and serves as a specialty volunteer for Vitas Hospice. After moving to Texas, she incorporated running into her exercise routine and has finished one marathon, 23 half-marathons, and dozens of other events. She also enjoys reading, baseball, and traveling.