Texas House Member

Rep. Minjarez, Ina

District 124

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Capitol Address:

Room E2.312

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768

(512) 463-0634

(512) 463-7668 Fax

District Address:

1305 SW Loop 410, #218

San Antonio, TX 78227

(210) 673-3600

Counties Represented:

Bexar (part)

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Biography

Representative Ina Minjarez was elected to serve the constituents of Texas House District 124 after a quick special election in April 2015. During her 30 days at the Capitol, Ina accomplished a great deal for hardworking Texas families. Though she was elected after the deadline to file any of her own legislation, she served as an important swing vote in the House Committees on Transportation and State Affairs.

By the end of the 84th Legislative Session, Ina had joint-authored 17 bills, co-authored 45 bills, sponsored or joint-sponsored 8 bills, and the Governor signed 6 of these bills into law. During the interim session, the speaker of the house, Joe Straus, appointed her to serve on the Federal Environmental House Committee.

For the 85th Legislative session, Representative Minjarez was appointed to the House Committee on Transportation, the House Committee on Human Services and the Local and Consent Calendars Committee. During the interim, she was appointed by Speaker Straus to serve as a member of the Opioids & Substance Abuse Select Committee. She was able to successfully pass important legislation that will help our military families, protect our military bases, combat cyberbullying in schools, provide meaningful resources for children in foster care as well as foster care redesign. Furthermore, she was successful by amending several bills, from the budget and CPS legislation to the TXDOT sunset bill. Representative Minjarez was also elected during the 85th session to serve as Vice-Chair of the Women's Health Caucus and is also a sitting member of the bi-partisan House Research Organization Steering Committee. By the end of the 85th session she was named "Rookie of the Year" by Texas Monthly, received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Department of Defense for her leadership in policy changes that benefit Military Service members and has recently been awarded The Advocacy Women's Award by the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

In San Antonio, Representative Minjarez has been appointed to the planning advisory group for the Young Children's Resource Center and Crisis Nursery.

Ina was born and raised in El Paso, Texas by two hardworking parents with deep roots in social justice. From an early age, Ina and her sister were taught that hard work and education would kick open the doors of opportunity. She was awarded several academic scholarships to attend the University of Notre Dame, where Ina wrote about social justice issues and traveled to serve the underprivileged and the oppressed. She picked crops with migrant workers and interned in the office of an El Paso attorney who helped migrants and refugees file for legal residency.

After graduation, Ina attended St. Mary’s Law School in San Antonio. During her studies, Ina interned with the Bexar County Criminal District Court Administration. Ina has had a successful career prosecuting defendants charged with crimes against children. Later, Ina opened her private practice, and represented children who were victims of abuse and neglect in Child Protective Service cases. Ina has also represented workers in employment law disputes and on-the-job injuries.

She was recently married to her now husband, Leo Gomez. She has two wonderful step children, Manuel and April Gomez. In her free time, Ina enjoys running marathons and spending time with their three dogs, Pinot, Pepe, and Lily.

La Representante Ina Minjarez fue elegida para trabajar para los electores del Distrito 124 de Texas después de una rápida elección especial en abril de 2015. Durante sus 30 días en el Capitolio, Ina consiguió muchos logros para las familias trabajadoras de Texas. Si bien no llegó a redactar legislación, aportó importantes votos decisivos en los Comités de Transporte y Asuntos del Estado de la Cámara, ayudando a bloquear proyectos de ley malos y a aprobar los buenos.

Para fines de la Sesión Legislativa nro. 84, Ina había sido autora conjunta de 17 proyectos de ley, coautora de 45 proyectos de ley, había patrocinado o copatrocinado 8 proyectos de ley y el gobernador convirtió 6 de esos proyectos en leyes. Durante la sesión interina, Joe Strauss, orador de la Cámara de Representantes, la designó para trabajar en un Comité Federal de Medio Ambiente de la Cámara de Representantes.

Ina nació y fue criada en El Paso, Texas, por padres trabajadores con arraigadas ideas sobre justicia social. Desde muy temprana edad, Ina y su hermana aprendieron que el arduo trabajo y la educación les abrirían las puertas a las oportunidades. Ina recibió varias becas para asistir a la Universidad de Notre Dame, donde escribió sobre temas de justicia social y viajó para servir a los necesitados y a los oprimidos. También cosechó cultivos con trabajadores inmigrantes y fue pasante en el bufete de un abogado de El Paso que ayudaba a inmigrantes y refugiados a solicitar la residencia legal.

Después de graduarse, Ina asistió a la Facultad de Derecho St. Mary en San Antonio. Durante sus estudios, fue pasante en la administración del tribunal de distrito penal del condado de Bexar. Tuvo una exitosa carrera procesando demandados acusados de delitos contra niños. Ina también ha representado a trabajadores en conflictos de legislación laboral y lesiones en el trabajo. En la actualidad, el estudio jurídico de Ina sigue prosperando y se ha concentrado en ayudar a pequeñas empresas con contratos y a representar familias en otros temas legales.

Hace poco se casó con Leo Gomez. En su tiempo libre, a Ina le gusta correr maratones y pasar tiempo con sus dos perros: Pinot y Pepe.

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