Paul Moreno

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Pablo (Paul) Cruz Moreno (April 28, 1931 – September 1, 2017)[1] was State Representative for the 77th District of El Paso, Texas, USA. He was born in Alamogodo, NM but raised in El Paso'sEl Segundo Barrio, and after high school he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps serving in the Korean War.[2] He received his BBA from the University of Texas El Paso, and attended but did not complete his JD from the University of Texas at Austin.

Moreno was first elected to the Texas House in 1967 and served for 40 years becoming the "conscience" of the body. He was the longest-serving Hispanic elected official in the USA, and presided as the Dean of the Texas House. Moreno co-founded the Mexican American Legislative Caucus of the Texas House of Representatives, a co-founder of El Paso Legal Assistance, and a founding member of the Tejano Democrats.[3]

He was defeated by Marisa Marquez in the 2008 Democratic primary for the 77th district.

In 2011, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) honored Paul with the organization's Lifetime Achievement Award.[4]

Paul C Moreno Elementary School was named in his honor.


  1. ^ "Former state Rep. Paul Moreno of El Paso has died". El Paso Times. Retrieved September 1, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Shapleigh to Honor Moreno". El Paso Times. January 12, 2009. Retrieved February 23, 2016. 
  3. ^ Texas Legislators Past and Present-Paul Moreno
  4. ^ Tribesmen Pictures (September 11, 2011), PAUL C. MORENO TRIBUTE, retrieved September 1, 2017