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Rep. Peña, Gilbert

District 144


Capitol Address:

Room E1.416

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768

(512) 463-0460

(512) 463-0763 Fax

District Address:

101 S. Richey St. Suite F

Pasadena, TX 77506

(713) 472-3520
(713) 472-3547 Fax

Counties Represented:

Harris (part)



Gilbert Peña was born in Galveston, Texas in 1949 and moved to Houston when he was nine years old. Because of Gilbert’s meager upbringing, he is a lifelong hard worker and has fought the odds time after time. He successfully received his GED and then graduated from Texas Southern University with a Bachelor degree in Political Science in 1996.

In many ways, Gilbert is just like the many residents of House District 144. In the past, he woke up at two-thirty or three o'clock in the morning to throw a paper route, only to work a second job for eight or ten hours, when overtime was allowed, and then to clean offices until nine-thirty or ten o'clock at night. In short, Gilbert knows the meaning of hard work.

Gilbert and his wife Cynthia have lived in Pasadena since 1992. They have four children and six grandchildren. Gilbert is now retired and believes our nation needs to return to the roots of our U.S. and Texas Constitutions, which he believes were conceived through strong Judeo-Christian values. It is with his strong faith in GOD that Gilbert is your voice on issues that matter the most.

Gilbert is a strong Christian and believes that every person must follow the morals and values that favor a marriage between a man and woman, and that as a community we must have a respect for life from conception to natural death. Gilbert further believes that as Texans, we must stand up against those who want to undermine our Judeo-Christian values upon which this nation was founded, and that we cannot protect life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness without our faith.

Gilbert hails from a very large family and has eighteen brothers and sisters: Alejandro Sierra*, Gilbert Peña, Ruben Peña*, David Peña*, Janie Florez, Julie Florez*, Manuela Riojas, Patricia Riojas, Minerva Riojas, Patricio Riojas, III, Janie Deleon, Ernestina Deleon*, Estella Peña*, Daniel Peña, Lucy Peña, Henry Peña, Olga Peña, and Larry Peña.

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