|Naomi R. Gonzalez|
|Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 76th district
|Preceded by||Norma Chávez|
|Born||June 4, 1978|
|Residence||El Paso, Texas|
Naomi R. Gonzalez (born June 4, 1978) is an attorney and politician from El Paso, Texas. She is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, where she represents the 76th district in El Paso County.
Driving while intoxicated arrest and charge
Close to 2 A.M. on March 14, 2013 Rep. Gonzalez was arrested and charged with DWI after her vehicle struck a car at the intersection of Congress Ave. and Barton Springs Rd. in Austin, Texas. Gonzalez's car was allegedly traveling at 50 mph, 20 miles over the speed limit, when it struck a vehicle and forced it into a collision with a bicyclist. Police state that Gonzalez's blood alcohol content was .164, over twice the legal limit. Gonzalez told police that she had only two drinks and cried while telling them that she had worked so hard to get where she is today. The following week she offered an emotional apology to her fellow House members telling them, "I made a mistake and I am deeply, deeply sorry for it" adding, "I am sorry for the shame I have brought upon this House and my district." She said that ongoing legal issues prevented her from saying much about the incident, but that she was glad no one was seriously injured.
Early life and career
Gonzalez graduated from Jefferson High School in El Paso, before going to Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio and law school at St. Mary's University. On graduating from law school, she worked at El Paso law firms before joining the El Paso County Attorney's office in 2007 as an Assistant County Attorney.
2010 campaign for state representative
Gonzalez defeated seven-term incumbent Norma Chávez in the 2010 Democratic primary runoff to capture a seat in the Texas House, capitalizing on a series of high-profile controversies surrounding Chávez. Despite running against a long-time incumbent, Gonzalez's campaign received the support of numerous local political players, including the El Paso Times, state senator Eliot Shapleigh and other members of the county's legislative delegation. The race was highly negative and personal, with each candidate launching attacks against the other.
In the Democratic primary election held on March 2, Gonzalez polled 48% of the vote to Chávez's 46%, with a minor candidate taking the remainder. Because no candidate won an absolute majority, a runoff election was held on April 13, 2010 with Gonzalez defeating Chávez by 53% to 47% – a margin of 361 votes. No Republican filed for the seat and Gonzalez won the general election unopposed.
Gonzalez took the oath of office in January 2011.
During the 2010 campaign, Chávez drew attention on several occasions to Gonzalez's sexual orientation, saying that her opponent was a lesbian. Gonzelez did not deny the charge but criticized Chávez's tactics and accused her of trying to run from her record.
Current Legislative Committees
Naomi Gonzalez has been a member of the following committees:
- Human Services, Vice Chair
- Rules and Resolutions, Member
- Ways and Means, Member
Naomi Gonzalez has had the following professional experience:
- Attorney, Domestic Violence Unit, County Attorneys Office
Naomi Gonzalez has been a member of the following organizations:
- Member, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
- Member, El Paso Bar Association
- Former Vice-President, Employment and Labor Law Association
- Former President, Mexican-American Bar Association
- Freshman of the Year, Legislative Study Group
- Outstanding Member of the Year Award, Mexican-American Bar Association
- Freshman of the Year, Mexican American Legislative Caucus
- "Naomi Gonzalez ousts Norma Chávez: 'People decided to restore integrity'". El Paso Times. 14 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-14.
- "Texas state representative charged with DWI after crash". www.statesman.com. 2013-03-14. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
- "Rep. Naomi Gonzalez arrested on DWI charge | Dallas Morning News". Trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com. 2013-03-14. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
- "El Paso Legislator Arrested on Drunken Driving Charge". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
- "Texas legislator charged with DWI after crash". www.statesman.com. 2013-03-14. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
- "State Rep. Naomi Gonzalez apologizes on House floor for her DWI arrest | News - Home". Kvia.com. 2013-11-14. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
- Schladen, Marty (2013-06-13). "Texas state Rep. Naomi Gonzalez named one of 'Texas Monthly's' worst of 2013". El Paso Times. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
- "Texas Monthly explains why El Paso State Rep. Naomi Gonzalez made Worst Legislators List | News - Home". Kvia.com. 2013-11-14. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
- "Primary Color: HD-76". The Texas Tribune. 18 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-14.
- "Chavez, Gonzalez Finish Campaigning In Controversial Race". KFOX. 12 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-14.
- "Texas Secretary of State: Democratic primary results". Retrieved 2010-04-14.
- "El Paso County Elections Department: Democratic runoff results". Retrieved 2010-05-17.
- "Rep. Norma Chávez baits Naomi Gonzalez about sexual orientation". El Paso Times. 4 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-14.
- "Representative Naomi Gonzalez's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 20 November 2012.