Mary González

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Mary Edna González
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 75th district
Assumed office
January 2013
Personal details
Born (1983-10-30) October 30, 1983 (age 35)
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceClint, Texas
Alma materUniversity of Texas at Austin, St. Edward's University
CommitteesAppropriations, Agriculture & Livestock
WebsiteCampaign 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.[2] She is also the first openly pansexual elected official in the United States.[3][4]

Her primary platforms are to increase economic development, improve public schools, equality, and support agriculture in District 75.

Early life and education[edit]

Mary González was born and raised in Clint, Texas attending public schools and graduating from Clint High School.[5] González received her bachelor's degree in History and Mexican American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) and her master's degree in Social Justice from St. Edward's University. In 2019, she received her Doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction-Cultural Studies in Education from the University of Texas at Austin. [5]

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, UT Austin, and was the assistant dean for student multicultural affairs at Southwestern University.[5] She has also worked as a visiting instructor at Southwestern University, and a Graduate Research Assistant at UT 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 served as national president for the Latina-based, service sorority Kappa Delta Chi, from 2013 to 2015.[6][7] González is also co-chair of the board of directors for ALLGO,[8] Texas' statewide Queer People of Color organization.

Political career[edit]

Texas House of Representatives[edit]

González won the Democratic primary for House District 75 in May 2012. With no Republican opponent, she won in the general election unopposed. She is the first woman to represent her district.

During the 85th legislative session, González served on the House Committee on Appropriations and was Vice Chair of the House Committee on Agriculture & Livestock.

During the 86th legislative session, González serves on the House Committee on Appropriations, and is a member of the Subcommittee on Article III, which has a primary focus on education. She also serves on the Public Education committee and is Vice Chair of the Local & Consent Calendars Committee.

She is currently serving her second term as Vice Chair of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, and second term as Secretary of the House Border Caucus. González also serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs. Additionally, González was elected Chair of the new Texas House LGBTQ Caucus, which was formed in January 2019. She was also elected to serve on the nonpartisan board of directors for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Education Fund[9].

In May 2013, González was named "Freshman of the Year" by MALC, the country's oldest and largest Latino legislative caucus.

González was also named a "Champion of Equality" and 2015's "Advocate of the Year" by Equality Texas.

In 2015 González was the youngest inductee to the El Paso Women's Hall of Fame.

Recognized by Latino Leaders Magazine, González was named one of ten "Next Generation Latinas" by Latina Magazine for her leadership in education. She was also named one of 10 newly elected politicians to watch by NBC Latino.

Election history[edit]

2012 election[edit]

Democratic Party Primary Election, 2012: House District 75[10]
Candidate Votes % ±
Hector Enriquez 2,191 36.05%
Mary E. González 3,165 52.07%
"Tony" San Roman 722 11.87%
Turnout 6,078
Texas general election, 2012: House District 75[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Mary E. González 19,789 100.00 0.00
Majority 19,789 100.00 0.00
Turnout 19,789 100.00
Democratic hold

2014 election[edit]

Democratic Party Primary Election, 2014: House District 75[12]
Candidate Votes % ±
Mary E. González 2,748 68.91%
Rey "Coach" Sepulveda 1,240 31.09%
Turnout 3,988
Texas general election, 2014: House District 75[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Mary E. González (I) 8,453 100.00 0.00
Majority 8,453 100.00 0.00
Turnout 8,453 100.00
Democratic hold

2016 election[edit]

Democratic Party Primary Election, 2016: House District 75[12]
Candidate Votes % ±
Mary E. González 5,134 57.92%
Chente Quintanilla 3,730 42.08%
Turnout 8,864
Texas general election, 2016: House District 75[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Mary E. González (I) 32,576 100.00 0.00
Majority 32,576 100.00 0.00
Turnout 32,576 100.00
Democratic hold

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Texas House District 75". House.state.tx.us. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  2. ^ Texas Legislative Council (2015-01-13). "House District 75 (TX, US) (map) 2015-2016" (PDF). Texas House of Representatives, Texas Legislature. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2015-05-29. Retrieved 2015-05-29. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  3. ^ Waugh, Anna (2012-08-10). "Mary Gonzalez comes out as pansexual". dallasvoice.com. Dallas, TX, US 75204: Voice Publishing Company, Inc. Archived from the original on 2013-12-17. Retrieved 2015-05-31. Texas' only openly LGBT legislator will be nation's 1st out pansexual elected official, after saying she rejects both 'lesbian' and 'bisexual' Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  4. ^ Signorile, Michelangelo (2015-05-29). "Mary Gonzalez, First Openly Pansexual Legislator, Explains How She Is Changing Minds In Texas". The Huffington Post. New York, US: HPMG News. Archived from the original on 2015-05-30. Retrieved 2015-05-31. She first came out as pansexual – which is distinct from bisexual because it defines an individual who is attracted to various gender identities – in 2012 after first being elected... But it had been reported that she came out as lesbian first and then later came out as pansexual. But, she explained, 'lesbian' was never an identity that she claimed for herself. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  5. ^ a b c Gonzalez, Mary. "Meet Mary: About Mary". Mary Gonzalez Campaign. Archived from the original on 7 July 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ "Introducing KDChi President Mary Gonz[á]lez". Kappa Delta Chi. Archived from the original on 2013-09-23. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  7. ^ Flores, Adriana (2013-05-29). "Newly Elected KDChi Natl Officers!". Kappa Delta Chi. Archived from the original on 2015-05-30. Retrieved 2015-05-29. Mary Gonz[á]lez: National President Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  8. ^ "Board of Directors". Austin, TX, US: allgo.org. Archived from the original on 2014-05-13. Retrieved 2015-05-29. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  9. ^ https://house.texas.gov/news/press-releases/?id=6616
  10. ^ "2012 [TX] Democratic Party Primary Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). 2012-05-29. Archived from the original on 2015-05-30. Retrieved 2015-05-29. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  11. ^ "2012 [TX] General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). 2012-11-06. Archived from the original on 2015-02-17. Retrieved 2015-05-29. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  12. ^ a b "2014 [TX] Democratic Party Primary Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). 2014-03-04. Archived from the original on 2015-03-16. Retrieved 2015-05-30. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  13. ^ a b "2014 [TX] General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). 2014-11-04. Archived from the original on 2015-02-02. Retrieved 2015-05-30. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)

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