Notes & Noticias: Farewell to Our Summer Interns


I just got back from San Antonio, where I am a party in a redistricting trial appearing before a federal judge. It is important that we continue our fight for fair maps that adequately represent the interests of the people and not political cronies. Tomorrow morning, I am heading to McAllen to discuss the public education for latinos at the Texas Lyceum summit.

Today, however, my office and I are bidding farewell to our three awesome summer interns, Helen, Kirby and Alex. They have provided invaluable assistance throughout the summer on a variety of legislative duties, including constituent outreach, initial policy research, and scheduling. Take a moment to read about these great students and their future plans.

Farewell to the Interns

Helen Kemp

Helen is a pursuing law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, where she is a member of the Trading & Investments Society, Yoga Society, Sustainable Development Society, Law Society and the university’s rowing team. Policy-wise, she has a passion for education, jobs and the economy, women’s rights and environmental issues. Wow, I don’t think she ever has time to sleep.

One more exciting point to note — she recently got engaged while on a weekend trip along the Corpus Christi Bay. Congratulations Helen!


Kirby Chandler

Kirby is a junior at Miami University in Ohio, where she is double-majoring in political science and economics. She plans on pursuing a law degree upon graduation. Currently, her policy interests include education, the economy, and women’s and queer rights. She is active in the College Democrats, Economics Club and GLBTQ Services on campus. She has done a solid job assisting with scheduling and taking care of a variety of constituent cases.

Alex Loredo
Alex is a junior at Austin High School, where his favorite subject is history. He would eventually like to pursue a medical or political career. (I say do both!) A young Democrat, he cares strongly about equal rights for all Texans. He volunteers frequently, buses at Joe’s Bakery and plays football. I’m proud to call this future leader a constituent of HD-51.


We still need backpacks for our the upcoming Back to School Bash. Your support would mean a lot to local children and families in need. Please contact my scheduler, Deisy Jaimes, at for more information on how you can contribute and get involved.