Ernestine V. Glossbrenner
Ernestine “Ernie” Glossbrenner, a high school math teacher in the small South Texas town of Alice, taught her students that numbers could be fun. Later, as a distinguished state representative, she earned a reputation as a champion of quality and equitable public education for all children.
Representative Glossbrenner’s service to Texas was from the heart. As a representative, she lived solely on her $7,200 annual state salary, and Democrats and Republicans alike admired her integrity and intelligence.
She was a tireless voice for children, human rights and issues that affect the daily lives of average citizens.
Representative Glossbrenner received the 1991 Friend of Education Award from the Texas Classroom Teachers Association, the Public Service Award from Common Cause of Texas, and the1990 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Texas at Austin. Additionally she received the Distinguished Service Award from the Disabled American Veterans and the 1974 Woman of the Year Award from the Texas Women’s Political Caucus.
In 2001, Ms. Glossbrenner served as a commissioner on the Texas Ethics Commission.
She earned her bachelor of arts in chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and her master's in mathematics at Texas A & I in Kingsville.