Steve Wolens was born in Dallas and grew up in Corsicana, where his family founded the K. Wolens Department Stores. During high school, he served as a page in the U.S. Congress and worked in the Washington office of Congressman Olin Teague.
He graduated from Stanford University with distinction in 1973 and from SMU Law School in 1976.
Steve was elected to serve his twelfth term in the Texas Legislature in 2002. He is currently chairman of the Select Committee on Ethics.
In 1999, Steve was named one of the Ten Best Legislators in the state by Texas Monthly magazine. It was the fifth time he received the honor.
His intellectual purity--he cares about the principle, not the politics--gives him near-absolute credibility on complex issues, the magazine wrote in its July 1993 issue. Mesmerizing in debate, indefatigable in preparation, incisive in analysis, he is the House’s most dreaded foe and most welcome ally.
The Texas Monthly magazine described him as an unbeatable debater whose mind stores facts like a camel stores water.
Steve was named an outstanding legislator by Texas Business magazine in 1983.
D Magazine said Steve was one of the smartest, most honest, and most effective member(s) of the Dallas delegation in 1985.
And in 1989, three consumer groups chose Steve to receive the Texas Outstanding Public Service Award.
In 1993, 1997, and 1999, Common Cause awarded him its Public Service Award.
In 1991 and 1993, he was named Legislative Crime Fighter of the Year by the Greater Dallas Crime Commission.
He was named Legislator of the Year in 1999 by both the National Retail Federation and the Texas Municipal League, and again in 2001 by the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association.
Steve is a partner at the Baron & Budd law firm in Dallas and is married to Dallas Mayor Laura Miller.
They reside in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, where Steve is a member of the Oak Cliff Lions Club and the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce. They have three children.