Rose Meza Harrison

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Rose Meza Harrison
Rose Meza Harrison, Sep 2011.jpg
Personal details
Born (1953-07-28) July 28, 1953 (age 60)
Benavides, Texas
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Divorced
Residence Corpus Christi, Texas
Alma mater Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Occupation Lawyer
Religion Roman Catholic

Rose Meza Harrison (born July 27, 1953) is a Democratic politician and Democratic nominee for U.S. Representative in the 27th Congressional District of Texas.

Personal life[edit]

Rose Meza Harrison was born in Benavides, Texas, a small ranching town in Duval County. Her father worked in the oilfields and was involved in drilling wells across the state for over 20 years. Her mother stayed home to raise eight children and ensure that they received quality education.[1]

After divorce left her a single mother of three, Rose put herself through college, graduating Magna Cum Laude with BA of Political Science from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Once her youngest child graduated high school, she entered law school and earned a JD from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 2003.[1]

Political career[edit]

In 2007, Meza Harrison was appointed as the chair of the San Patricio County, Texas Democratic Party. In 2010, Rose decided to run in the election to become the chair of the Nueces County, Texas Democratic Party.[2] During her run, she received support from her former constituents in San Patricio County.[3][4] She came in second during the primary behind Trina Garcia. Meza Harrison then went on to win the run-off, receiving 2,202 votes to Garcia's 1,883.[5] While chair of Nueces County, Texas Democratic Party, she was outspoken against Republican candidates for using "bribery" to gain votes by handing out crackers, bottles of water and candy bars near polling places.[6]

2012 election[edit]

In 2011, Rose decided to run for the 27th Congressional District seat,[7] occupied by Blake Farenthold who defeated longtime incumbent Solomon P. Ortiz by 700 votes in the 2010 mid-term election.[8] The interim maps drawn by the Federal District Court of Western Texas threw Harrison into a district centered in Brownsville.[9] When the Supreme Court ordered the court to redraw the boundaries again, Harrison was once again face-to-face with Farenthold, running for Congress in a district based in Corpus Christi and Victoria.[10]

Meza Harrison's campaign website shows she has been endorsed by National Nurses Organizing Committee of Texas (affiliate of National Nurses United), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the United Association, Union Plumber, Fitters, Welders and HVAC Technicians (UA), the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW).

In the primary, held on May 29, 2012, Meza Harrison earned 33.7% of the vote to challenger Jerry J. Trevino's 42%[11] leading to a runoff election.[12] In the runoff, held July 31, 2012, Meza Harrison shocked many by winning a substantial 60% of the vote to Trevino's 40%.[13] She is currently running against incumbent Blake Farenthold. If she wins, she will be the first Latina to represent Texas in either house of Congress.


  1. ^ a b John Flores (12-04-30). "Rose Meza Harrison Enters Race to be First Hispanic Woman to Represent Texas in Congress". El Tejano Magazine. p. 20. 
  2. ^ "Democrat Party - Cumulative Report — Official Nueces County — April 2010 Runoff Election — April 13, 2010". 12=04-28. 
  3. ^ Stone, Paula. "Remember Harrison". 
  4. ^ Gonzales, Aurora. "Harrison a Leader". 
  5. ^ "New Nueces County Democratic Party chair promises to unite the party". April 14, 2010. 
  6. ^ Spruill, Rick. "Democratic Party asks for bribery investigation into four GOP candidates". Corpus Christi Caller-Times. 
  7. ^ "Rose Meza Harrison: I'm sticking with 27". Corpus Christi Caller-Times. 
  8. ^ Rick Spruill (2011-12-09). "Former U.S. Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz reverses himself, will not run for former office". Corpus Christi Caller-Times. 
  9. ^ Emma Perez-Treviño (February 29, 2012). "Candidates gear up for May 29 primary". The Brownsville Herald. 
  10. ^ Allison Miles (2012-04-06). "Four Democratic candidates hope to cinch Congressional District 27 win". Victoria Advocate. 
  11. ^ Spruill, Rick. "Farenthold wins in landslide; Harrison, Trevino headed for runoff in Congressional District 27". Corpus Christi Caller-Times. 
  12. ^ Spruill, Rick (2012-06-03). "Harrison, Trevino buckle down for runoff in Congressional District 27". Corpus Christi Caller-Times. 
  13. ^ Spruill, Rick (2012-07-31). "VIDEO: Rose Meza Harrison defeats Jerry Trevino, earns Democratic nomination". Corpus Christi Caller-Times. 

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