Rhonda L. Lawson is a native of Washington, D.C. who attended Northland College, in Ashland Wisconsin, and is a graduate of University of North Texas, in Denton, Texas where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. Rhonda is a 2006, graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety's Police Staff and Command School where she served as the Vice-President.
Rhonda began her law enforcement career in Forest Hill, Texas as a Patrol Officer in 1993. As an Officer, she worked in Patrol, Community Policing, and Crime Prevention. In 1997, Rhonda joined the Texas Department of Public Safety and worked as a Highway Patrol Trooper before her promotion to Sergeant in 2001, and Lieutenant in 2004. In 2008, Rhonda promoted to Captain, becoming the first female Field Highway Patrol Captain since the agency was created in 1935.
In October 2012, Rhonda transferred to the Division of Emergency Management and is currently assigned as a Captain in Emergency Operations. The Department's Division of Emergency Management is situated at the State Operations Center in Austin. This Division is charged with carrying out a comprehensive, all hazards emergency management program for the state and for assisting cities, counties, and state agencies in planning and implementing their emergency management programs.