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Biography

José Menéndez - State Representative - District 124. A native of San Antonio, José Menéndez was first elected State Representative for House District 124 in the year 2000. He is currently serving his seventh term in the Texas House and is the Chairman of the Committee on Defense and Veterans' Affairs, and continues to serve on the powerful Committee on State Affairs. Representative Menéndez graduated from Central Catholic High School and went on to receive degrees in Business Administration and Latin American Studies from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas. José currently serves as a Vice President for Stewart Title Guaranty. He was first elected to represent San Antonio City Council in 1997. Then, with an 84.5% share of the district's total vote, he celebrated his re-election to a second City Council in 1999. During his tenure, José served as Chair … Read More...

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Defending Our Military Community - Texas has the second largest Veteran population in the country. As Chair of the Defense and Veterans’ Affairs committee, it is my privilege to honor our Veterans legacy while protecting their rights and benefits. This past session the legislature passed over 40 bills that directly support Veterans. House Bill 2392 created one of the largest expansions of mental health services for Veterans. Senate Bill 1158 and 1159 make it easier for Veterans to get the assistance and resources they need to get a college degree. The legislature also passed five bills that make it easier for a Veteran to find a job. These bills will require state agencies that issue occupational licenses to provide an expedited licensure for military service members, military spouses, and military veterans within one year of separation from the military. Texas must continue to … Read More...

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New Blog Post: Hate traffic? Lets Do Something About It

Hate traffic? So do I. These days it feels like it can take two hours to drive from one side of San Antonio to the other side. I know my morning commute takes one and a half hours just to get my kids to school and get to work. It is crucial that we address this problem now, as traffic is only getting worse. San Antonio ranks in the top twenty of the fastest growing cities in the country, and the population of Texas is expected to double by 2050. Texas must make transportation a priority, otherwise we will be spending more time in traffic and even less time with our families. The good news … Read More...