Texas House of Representatives
In November 2012, Mary E. González was elected State Representative for House District 75--an area that includes east El Paso County, the fastest growing parts of the city of El Paso and the towns of Socorro, Clint, Fabens, and Tornillo. Mary was raised in Clint, Texas and graduated from Clint High School. Mary serves on the County Affairs and Agriculture and Livestock Committees in the Texas House. In her first legislative session, she authored numerous bills that fought to improve schools, increase economic development, and support agriculture in House District 75. In addition, she helped hundreds of families living in colonias access public water and sewer systems for the first time, and is now leading a study focused on bringing the dairy industry back to the area, which will create hundreds of jobs for local residents. As a result of her accomplishments, she was named "Freshman of the Year" by the Mexican American Legislative Caucus and "Champion of Equality" by Equality Texas. Mary received her Bachelor Degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her Master's Degree from St. Edward's University. Currently, she is pursuing her Doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction- Cultural Studies in Education at UT-Austin. Previously, she has worked at the National Hispanic Institute, the University of Texas at Austin, and as the Assistant Dean for Student Multicultural Affairs at Southwestern University. Community engagement is at the heart of Mary's activism. Mary serves as the National President for the Latina-based, service sorority Kappa Delta Chi and as the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for Allgo, Texas' state-wide Queer People of Color organization. Mary has been recognized by Latino Leaders Magazine for her leadership in education, was recognized as one of ten "Next Generation Latinas" by Latina Magazine, and as one of the 10 newly-elected politicians to watch in the nation by NBC Latino.