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El Paso and the Legislature

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El Paso Community College – Administrative Service Center

9050 Viscount Blvd.

El Paso, TX 79925

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The Texas Tribune is touring the state with a series of events recapping the major policy debates of the 86th Texas Legislature and what they mean for Texas' largest cities and surrounding communities.

Join us in person for a conversation about public education, taxes, immigration, health care, spending and other consequential matters with El Paso-area legislators: state Sen. José Rodríguez and state Reps. César Blanco, Art Fierro, Mary González, Joe Moody and Lina Ortega. The conversation will be moderated by Evan Smith, co-founder and CEO of The Texas Tribune.

César Blanco, D-El Paso, has represented House District 76 since 2015. He sits on the House Environmental Regulation and International Relations & Economic Development committees. He also serves on the Transportation Policy Board of the El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization. Previously, Blanco served as a military intelligence analyst in the U.S. Navy.

Art Fierro, D-El Paso, is currently serving his first term representing House District 79 after a 2019 special election. He sits on the House Agriculture & Livestock and Elections committees. Previously, Fierro served as chair of the El Paso Community College Board of Trustees.

Mary González, D-Clint, has represented House District 75 since 2013. She serves as vice chair of the House Local & Consent Calendars Committee and sits on the Appropriations and Public Education committees. She is currently chair of the newly formed House LGBTQ Caucus. González is also serving her second terms as both vice chair of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus and secretary of the House Border Caucus.

Joe Moody, D-El Paso, has represented House District 78 since 2009. He serves as vice chair of the House Calendars Committee and sits on the Business & Industry, Criminal Jurisprudence and Redistricting committees. Previously, Moody served as a prosecutor in the El Paso County District Attorney’s office.

Lina Ortega, D-El Paso, has represented House District 77 since 2017. She sits on the House Administration, Public Health and Transportation committees. Previously, she served as chair of the El Paso County Ethics Commission and is past president of the Women’s Bar Association and the El Paso County Trial Lawyers Association. Ortega practices law in an El Paso law firm.

José Rodríguez, D-El Paso, has represented Senate District 29, which includes more than 350 miles of the Texas-Mexico border, since 2011. He serves as vice chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee and sits on the Natural Resources & Economic Development, Transportation and Water & Rural Affairs committees. Rodríguez also serves as chairman of the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus.

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This event will be held in the Building A Auditorium at the El Paso Community College Administrative Service Center (campus map). The event is free, open to the public and includes a light lunch. Lunch and networking begin at 11:30 a.m. MT, followed by the conversation at noon. Complimentary visitor parking is available in the parking lot adjacent to the building. We will not be livestreaming this event.


The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Learn more and become a member at texastribune.org.

This series of events is presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, and the major sponsor is Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare. This event is supported by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, AT&T, Walmart, Pearson, El Paso Electric, University of Texas at El Paso, Raise Your Hand Texas, Carlos Eduardo Cárdenas Attorney & Counselor at Law, Educate Texas and Meadows Mental Heath Policy Institute and is hosted by El Paso Community College. Media support is provided by KCOS-TV. Foundation support is provided by the Woody & Gayle Hunt Family Foundation.

Though donors and corporate sponsors underwrite The Texas Tribune events, they play no role in determining the content, panelists or line of questioning.

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