Veronica Gonzales is serving her third term in the House of Representatives representing Hidalgo County. Her district includes portions of McAllen, Edinburg, and Mission. Representative Gonzales is the first female elected to represent District 41. She is Chair of the House Committee on Border & Intergovernmental Affairs and also serves on the Public Health Committee.
Representative Gonzales has passed legislation to protect women who are victims of abuse, help those living along the border, and increase the number of police officers. In addition, she sponsored bills that make it easier for students to pay tuition, increase a juror’s pay, and promote products made in Texas.
In her first term, Gonzales was elected by her colleagues to serve as Secretary of the State Democratic Caucus. She further distinguished herself by passing the highest percentage of bills by any Democrat legislator in the House and was subsequently recognized as Freshmen of the Year by the Mexican-American Legislative Caucus and named a legislator to watch by the Texas Observer and as an Emerging Leader by the Dallas Morning News.
She is the first in her family to go to college, graduating cum laude from Southwest Texas State University and eventually from the University of Texas School of Law. She is a partner at the Kittleman, Thomas & Gonzales law firm. She recently earned the Texas Center Professionalism Award for her ethics from the Hidalgo County Bar Association. She is a member of many organizations and sits on the board as an advisory member to the Children’s Defense Fund, the South Texas College and Texas Rural Legal Aid.