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Barbara Ann Radnofsky


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Barbara Ann Radnofsky, mother of three, wife, volunteer teacher, mediator, and practicing lawyer for 27 years, is a professional problem solver. She entered the University of Houston at age 16 on a National Merit 4-year academic scholarship and graduated magna cum laude. She graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 1979.

Married to Ed Supkis, M.D., for 24 years, Barbara Ann has a daughter recently graduated from Rice, a son at Texas A&M, and a daughter at Memorial High School in Houston.

Barbara Ann practiced at Vinson & Elkins for 27 years, retiring in April of this year to pursue her senate campaign full time. She built a successful career at V&E as an expert in healthcare law, as a defense and plaintiffs lawyer, and as a mediator, and retired as a partner and as head of the firm’s section on alternative dispute resolution. Barbara Ann has taught mediation in the schools as a volunteer teacher in the Upward Bound program.

Barbara Ann brought to bear her involvement in local, state, and national Democratic politics and her experience as a problem-solver in her race for the U.S. Senate in 2006. She was the first woman to be the Democratic nominee for US Senate in Texas. Radnofsky's first book on the campaign, "The Dancer's Dead," is available now at, and the company will publish the second book "Stepping Forward," in March.


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