Trey Martinez Fischer

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Trey Martinez Fischer
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Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 116th district
In office
2000
Personal details
Born (1970-06-05) June 5, 1970 (age 44)
San Antonio, Texas
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Marie Provencio
Residence San Antonio, Texas
Profession Attorney
Nickname(s) TMF

Trey Martinez Fischer (born June 6, 1970) is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, who has represented the San Antonio-based 116th District since 2000. Martinez Fischer was born and raised in San Antonio, graduating from Oliver Wendell Holmes High School and is a member of the school's Hall of Fame. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and in 1994 was selected to study as a National Urban Fellow . He is a graduate of Baruch College of Public Affairs, and the University of Texas School of Law.

He is currently serving his seventh term representing District 116 in San Antonio, and was named one of the "10 Best Legislators of 2013" by Texas Monthly Magazine,[1] who described him as a "soldier prepared to do battle but ready to make peace". The Houston Chronicle and the San Francisco Chronicle named him one of the "20 Latino political rising stars of 2012",[2] placing him among those under 55, "who just might change the face of American politics over the next two decades". Campaigns and Elections Magazine named him a “Texas Influencer” and one of the Top-50 Democrats in the state.

Martinez Fischer is the chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, the oldest and largest Latino legislative caucus in the United States. During his Chairmanship, the caucus has emerged as one of the leading Latino public policy organizations and the “group to watch” in the Texas Legislature according to The Economist magazine.[3] In 2012, Martinez Fischer led the Mexican American Legislative Caucus to victory in two court battles concerning redistricting and voter/photo identification in Texas.

Legislative Career[edit]

Trey Martinez Fischer on the House Floor

Born and raised in San Antonio, Martinez Fischer was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2000, and has worked with the San Antonio business community throughout his career in the legislature. In 2009, he authored HB 1922, which doubled San Antonio’s capacity to provide recycled water to businesses to meet the demands of expanding industries while conserving water for a fast-growing region. He also authored an amendment requiring our state Employee Retirement System to hire emerging fund managers, many of which are minority and women-owned businesses. In 2011, he was the lead Democratic author on HB 3727, the Boeing Bill, which created hundreds of high-paying manufacturing jobs in San Antonio to build, test, and repair the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. As a result of this bill, Air Force One will be refitted and repaired in San Antonio.[4]

He was selected by House Speaker Joe Straus to sit on the Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations,[5] and the Select Committee on Redistricting during the first called special session of the 83rd Legislature.

Martinez Fischer serves as a floor leader, guiding key bills to passage or defeat, and is recognized as an expert on the House rules of procedure. He was named the “Bull of the Brazos”, an award given by Texas Monthly magazine, recognizing him among the best in the legislature. In giving him this prestigious award Texas Monthly wrote: “without TMF the Democrats would have had no champion at all”. He has also been recognized as the “2013 Friend of Education”[6] and a “Legislative Star” by the Texas Classroom Teachers Association for fighting what it considered to be harmful legislation.

Martinez Fischer played a role in restoring education funding to Texas schools and was a major player in the state budget negotiations that resulted in $3.9 billion in increased education funding.[7] He is a passionate advocate for government transparency and accountability as a member of the Select Committee on Transparency in State Operations and fought to preserve the voting rights of all Texans on the Select Redistricting Committee.

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  • HB 670 - Relating to a qualified privilege of a journalist not to testify.
  • HB 758 - Relating to the creation of an offense for certain prohibited uses of a wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle.
  • HB 1922 - Relating to the authorization of certain reuse water system contributions and discharges
  • HB 3727 - Relating to the appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes of certain commercial aircraft that are temporarily located in this state for manufacturing or assembly purposes.
  • HB 21 - Relating to a central database containing information about offenders who have committed certain offenses against children or offenses involving family or dating violence.[8]

Controversy[edit]

On June 27, 2014, while speaking at the Texas Democratic Convention, Martinez Fischer used an ethnic slur in Spanish to describe the Republican Party, saying "GOP" should stand for "gringos y otros pendejos." His office had also been handing out six Lotería cards to delegates, one depicting Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott as "El Diablito." Martinez Fischer later responded by saying that if he had known Abbott was in attendance, he would have "told him directly to his face."[9]

Personal life[edit]

Representative Trey Martinez Fischer with his wife, Elizabeth Marie Provencio, and their two daughters, Francesca (left) and Camilla (right)

An practicing lawyer, Martinez Fischer is a 1998 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and has practiced before state and federal courts throughout Texas since 1998. He earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Texas San Antonio and in 1993 was selected as a National Urban Fellow, earning him a Masters in Public Administration from the Baruch College of Public Affairs in New York City.

Martinez Fischer and his wife, Elizabeth Provencio, an attorney and San Antonio Water System trustee, are the parents of two daughters: Francesca and Camilla.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Texas Monthly Magazine
  2. ^ Chronicle
  3. ^ The new face of America, retrieved July 21, 2009 
  4. ^ Boeing will move up to 400 jobs to Alamo City, retrieved January 5, 2012 
  5. ^ Representative Trey Martinez Fischer, Texas House of Representatives, retrieved February 13, 2013 
  6. ^ TCTA Friend of Education Award, retrieved February 13, 2013 
  7. ^ star-telegram.com May 20, 2013
  8. ^ Texas Legislature - Bills Authored, retrieved January 13, 2014 
  9. ^ Greg Abbott: Wendy Davis’ allies think Republicans are ‘gringos’ and ‘pendejos’, retrieved July 12, 2014 

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