|Member of the Texas Senate
from the 26 district
|Preceded by||Leticia Van de Putte|
|Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 124th district
January 9, 2001 – February 2015
|Preceded by||Juan Solis, III|
|San Antonio City Councilman District 6|
|Zoning Commissioner District 6|
March 11, 1969 |
San Juan, Hidalgo County
|Alma mater||Southern Methodist University|
|Occupation||National Director for emerging real estate markets, Stewart Title Company|
|Website||Texas House of Representatives|
Jose Antonio Menendez (born March 11, 1969) is a member of the Texas Senate for District 26. He was a member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 124. He won a special election on February 17, 2015 for the District 26 seat in the Texas Senate to replace Leticia Van de Putte, who is running for mayor of San Antonio, Texas. Menendez handily defeated fellow Democrat State Representative Trey Martinez Fischer for the right to succeed Van de Putte. In his television advertising, Menendez called Fischer "partisan and combative".
Menendez served in the Texas House from 2001 to 2015. Prior to his service in the State House, he was a city council member for District 6.
Jose Menendez graduated from Central Catholic High School, in San Antonio, in 1987. Four years later he graduated from Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, where he received his BBA degree in Business Administration and a BA in Latin American Studies. He returned to San Antonio, where he took over his family business in 1991.
Menendez was appointed to the San Antonio Zoning Commission for District 6 in 1994. In 1997, after a heated campaign, he was elected to the District 6 seat on the San Antonio City Council.
In 1999 Menendez was re-elected to the council with more than 84 percent of the vote. Menendez served on the Small Business, International, and Ethics committees. He also was the chairman of the City's Community Revitalization Action Group (CRAG). In 2000, term-limited on the council, he ran for the state House of Representatives for District 124. In January 2001, Menendez, was sworn into is first term.
- "House Membership: Representative José Menéndez: Biographical Information". Texas House of Representatives. 2008-04-15. Retrieved 2009-01-25.
- Rauf, David Saleh. Menendez takes oath in Senate, San Antonio Express-News, March 4, 2015.
- Gonzalez, John W. Menéndez captures Texas Senate District 26, San Antonio Express-News, February 17, 2015.
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