Check Out My New Office!


I hope you had a warm Thanksgiving break with your loved ones. It was a nice, brief break before getting back to the office on Monday. Now, we are full speed ahead as we gear up for the legislative session in January.

Here is a great view of South Congress with House District 51 in sight!
Thanks to Ricardo Zavala, Dove Springs Proud and the schoolchildren of Widen Elementary for decorating the HD51 Capitol Christmas Tree ornament for 2015.
Early voting for the City Council runoff is happening now.
Please join me in supporting Greg Casar, Pío Renteria and Mike Martinez.

New Office

On Tuesday, my staff and I moved into a new suite of offices in the Capitol. We are now located in Room 4S.6, where the windows have great views of Austin.
My suite neighbors are Representatives Joe Farias of San Antonio and Bryan Hughes of Mineola. If you find yourself in the Capitol, be sure to stop by and say “hello” to my team!

2015 Capitol Calendars

My 2015 Capitol calendars are now in and ready for distribution. The photographs featured this year are truly beautiful — way better than anything I could hope to take on my phone!
If you would like one for your home or work, please do not hesitate to email my legislative director, Deisy Jaimes, at with the subject line “2015 Calendar Request.”

Keeping Our Community Safe

Earlier this week, a shooter carried out an armed attack on several buildings downtown, including the Mexican consulate. I want to thank the mounted police officer who took the man down, and to all of our first responders who work tirelessly to keep our community safe.

I do not care to speculate on what inspired the shooter to carry out his crime; that job is for our law enforcement. Chief Art Acevedo noted that the individual was a member of an extremist group with anti-immigrant sentiments and “hate in his heart.” Knowing this, it is important to reflect on our state of affairs as a society.

Rhetoric is important. When critical policy debates, such as the one over immigration, reach unprecedented levels of hate and polarization, everyone loses. It is important that politicians, including myself, work with those across the aisle to find solutions to the very difficult and very real problems we face as a community. It is counterproductive to use extreme language, and it is even more regressive to use violence.