Laura Hill was the second in her family to go to college. Today she is a successful businesswoman with experience holding government accountable by delivering property tax relief, funding (NOT defunding) the police, and fighting to keep Critical Race Theory out of our schools.
Laura’s family is an American success story; her dad went to college on the GI Bill after serving in the Korean War (Army paratrooper, Purple Heart recipient). He is the first person in the family to ever go to college. Laura is the second.
In 1996, Laura’s father asked her to move to Texas to help him run his rapidly growing business. Laura’s father started Downey Publishing, an independent directory company, in 1986.
Today, Laura still runs the family business after her father retired at the ripe age of 87. It’s a family culture at Downey Publishing. Laura employs 26 people; many have worked there for years.
Downey Publishing is an independent telephone directory company: the yellow pages. They serve over 10,000 mom and pop customers throughout rural Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Laura’s customers own transmission shops, AC companies, locksmiths, and more.
Laura’s husband, Joe McSweeny, started Texas Ice Cream, a mobile fleet of ice cream trucks, in 2008. Joe and Laura’s trucks are well known across our community. And, for the record, Joe and Laura want you to know that kids with messy rooms and incomplete homework never get to have ice cream from the Texas Ice Cream truck.
A mother of three, Laura Hill wanted to help make our schools better and our tax dollars go farther. Her passion for students, our police and first responders, and the conservative use of our tax dollars has taken her from the board room …to City Hall …to the forefront of parents’ efforts to STOP liberals from ruining our schools.
Laura’s passion for students and young people started years ago, leading her to co-found the first of several youth-focused organizations.
S.P.A.R.K. (Students and Parents Against Risks to our Kids), SASO (Scholars and Athletes Serving Others), and S.K.I.L. (Southlake Kids Interested in Leadership) are all geared towards supporting students to be their best selves as they grow up.
To that end as Mayor of Southlake, Laura proactively supported the police and fire departments, working to make sure the police department budget grew every year she was Mayor except one – the year following a major capital investment for the Police Department.
Laura also championed school safety initiatives and today there is a School Resource Officer in every Carroll ISD school.
Laura Hill committed to taxpayers to provide excellent service at a reasonable cost.
As Mayor, she fought to increase the homestead to the maximum allowed and her city cut the tax rate four years in a row while maintaining the max homestead of 20%.
Since 2009, the Southlake City Council has approved nine TAX RELIEF initiatives, including tax rate reductions and full implementation of a 20% homestead exemption.
Laura is mom to three grown kids, Maggie, Preston and Trent, all of whom live in the Metroplex.
Laura is a lifelong Catholic, and both Joe and Laura attended Catholic school growing up. Joe and Laura attend Cistercian in Irving, though sometimes they attend mass at the University of Dallas in Irving.
Laura credits her father for teaching her insightful life lessons that have transformed her as a leader and manager:
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