Dayna Steele

Houston rock radio veteran Dayna Steele is throwing her hat into the political ring. Steele announced she will run for Congress, entering the Democratic primary race in hopes to eventually challenge Republican incumbent Brian Babin in Texas’ 36th Congressional District.

Steele, a member of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame, spent many years on the Houston radio airwaves, most notably on the former rock KLOL through the ‘80s and ‘90s where she was known as “The First Lady of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” She also logged time at the former “97 Rock” KSSR and CHRs KRBE and KRLY in the market early in her career.

Running on a platform of health care and education, Steele told CultureMap Houston that she believes in “health care for everyone, at rates everyone can manage.” She describes herself as an “Independent Democrat” and will face Jon Powell in the 2018 primary.

Comparing her past career with her future goals, Steele said: “Radio gave me large-scale, high-impact opportunities to connect with and serve people. And Congress is large scale!” she told CultureMap. “Connecting with listeners has now become connecting with voters in my district. You’d be surprised how many of them were ‘Steele Workers,’” the name given to her legions of listeners.

The former radio talent has ventured into retail and writing since her days on-air and is a well-known public speaker, giving keynotes at schools, corporations and organizations. The “First Lady” is now looking to add Congresswoman to her impressive resume.