Commissioner Cauley was born in Shreveport, LA, and grew up in Houston, Texas. She graduated from Phyllis Wheatley Senior High School; attended Xavier University, and received a B.A. Degree in Psychology from Norfolk State University; Graduate studies at Prairie View University, Texas A&M University, Pfeiffer University and Wesley Theological Seminary with a certification in Christian Education.
She began her professional career in 1977 as the Executive Director of the Girl's Club of Brazos County; Brazos County Juvenile Probation Officer 1983-1991; appointed by the Governor in 1991 to the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole; assisted with the family business for 28 years, Field Representative at General Board of Global Ministries and Agent of Unitrin, Company Reliable Life Insurance.
She is the widow of the late Commissioner Carey Cauley, Jr.; mother of three children; grandmother of three, and great grandmother of one.