The son of immigrants, State Senator José Menéndez grew up working at his family’s small business in San Antonio. He graduated from Central Catholic High School before earning degrees in Business Administration and Latin American Studies at Southern Methodist University.
As a family man, Senator Menéndez has been married to his best friend Cehlia Newman-Menéndez since 1995. In his spare time, José enjoys spending time with his three children, Dominic, Victoria, and Austin. He feels so blessed to have such a wonderful family.
As a businessman, Senator Menéndez has helped tens of thousands of families realize the American Dream of homeownership through his work at Stewart Title. His work ethic and business success led to his rapid promotion from a local commercial marketing representative, to National Director for Multi-Cultural markets, to a Vice President of the National Title Services division in less than 15 years.
He was first elected to San Antonio City Council in 1997 where he represented the city’s west side. During his three years on City Council, Jose served as Chair of the International Relations Committee and was a member of the Small Business Strategy Committee.
Senator Menéndez was first elected State Representative for House District 124 in the year 2000. As a freshman he passed a greater ratio of his legislation than any other member of the Bexar County delegation. During his tenure, he was entrusted with an appointment to the powerful Appropriations Committee where he secured millions of dollars for Haven for Hope, Morgan’s Wonderland and other crucial San Antonio initiatives. In his final session as State Representative, Jose was appointed Chairman of the House Committee on Defense and Veterans’ Affairs where he passed one of the state’s largest mental health programs for Veterans.
Most Recently, Senator Menéndez went on to win a special election to fill Texas Senate District 26. The newest member among the Senate’s freshman class this session, he has distinguished himself as a commonsense problem solver who gets to the table where decisions are being made and works with all sides to get the job done for Texas families. He remains very committed to improving the state’s public education system, utilities and energy infrastructure, housing and economic development issues, health and human services matters and the state’s operating budget. He was appointed to the Intergovernmental Relations, Criminal Justice, and Higher Education Committee. His first session as State Senator was also his most successful. Senator Menéndez passed 38 bills that benefited seniors, veterans, and San Antonio families and secured millions of dollars for the renovation of the Alamo complex.