Mary Gonzalez

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Mary Edna González
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 75th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 2013
Personal details
Born (1983-10-30) October 30, 1983 (age 30)
Political party Democratic
Residence Clint, Texas
Alma mater University of Texas at Austin, St. Edward's University
Committees Agriculture & Livestock, County Affairs
Website Campaign website

Mary Edna González (born October 30, 1983) is an American politician who serves as State Representative of House District 75[1] in the Texas House of Representatives. She is a Democrat who was elected in November 2012 to represent an area that includes east El Paso County, parts of the city of El Paso and the towns of Socorro, Clint, Fabens, Horizon City, San Elizario and Tornillo. She is also the first openly pansexual elected official in the United States.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Mary González was born and raised in Clint, Texas attending public schools and graduating from Clint High School.

González received her Bachelor's Degree in History and Mexican American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and her Master's Degree in Social Justice from St. Edward's University. Currently, she is pursuing her Doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction-Cultural Studies in Education at the University of Texas at Austin.

Previous work[edit]

During the early stages of González’s professional career, she worked for former Texas House Dean Paul Moreno and State Representative Richard Raymond.

Mary González has worked at the National Hispanic Institute, the University of Texas at Austin, and was the Assistant Dean for Student Multicultural Affairs at Southwestern University. She has also worked as a visiting instructor at Southwestern University, and a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Texas at Austin where she developed curriculum for the UT Outreach Centers in San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley. She also served as the Latino Outreach Coordinator for the Texas Democratic Party.

She also serves as National President for the Latina-based, service sorority Kappa Delta Chi.[3] González is also Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for Allgo, Texas' state-wide Queer People of Color organization.

Political career[edit]

Texas House of Representatives[edit]

González won the Democratic primary in May 2012. With no Republican opponent, she won in the general election unopposed. She is the first woman to represent her district.

In her first term during the 83rd legislative session, González served on the Agriculture & Livestock and County Affairs Committees.[4][5] She serves as Treasurer of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, the Women's Health Caucus, as well as the Farm to Table Caucus.

González was named “Freshman of the Year” by the Mexican American Legislative Caucus the country's oldest and largest Latino legislative caucus.[6]

Election history[edit]

2012 election[edit]

Texas general election, 2012: House District 75[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Mary E. Gonzalez 19,789 100.00 0.00
Majority 19,789 100.00 0.00
Turnout 19,789 100.00
Democratic hold


Democratic Party Primary Election, 2012: House District 75[8]
Candidate Votes % ±%
Hector Enriquez 2,191 36.04%
Mary E. Gonzalez 3,165 52.07%
"Tony" San Roman 722 11.87%
Turnout 6,078

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Texas House District 75". House.state.tx.us. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  2. ^ —  Kevin Thomas (2012-08-10). "Mary Gonzalez comes out as pansexual". Dallasvoice.com. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  3. ^ "Introducing KDCHI President Mary Gonzalez". [dead link]
  4. ^ "Agriculture & Livestock Committee, 83rd Session". House.state.tx.us. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  5. ^ "County Affairs Committee, 83rd Session". House.state.tx.us. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  6. ^ "Border News SPECIAL EDITION on". Riograndeguardian.com. 2013-09-25. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  7. ^ "2012 General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  8. ^ "2012 Democratic Party Primary Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). 

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