State Rep. John V. Garza elected "Freshman of the Year" by Hispanic Republican Conference

AUSTIN – The Hispanic Republican Conference (HRC) of the Texas Legislature has named John V. Garza “Freshman Legislator of the Year.” The Hispanic Republican Conference consists of 32 Representatives (17 of whom are freshmen) who are either of Hispanic descent or represent districts with over 30% Hispanic population.

The Hispanic Republican Conference of the Texas Legislature was organized in 2011 by six Hispanic Representatives (Garza, L. Gonzales, Torres, Aliseda, Margo and Peña). The 82nd Legislature was the first with a sizable number of Hispanic Republican members.

The election and announcement were made at the Hispanic Republican Conference Sine Die (End of Session) Dinner on Thursday May 27th, 2011. Guest speakers included Speaker Joe Straus and Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson.

"Representative Garza is an outstanding Representative and an even greater advocate for the issues important to his community. It is fitting for him to win this award, and I congratulate him for being the first freshman of the year recognized by our organization," said State Rep. Aaron Peña, Hispanic Republican Conference Chairman.

“I congratulate Rep. John Garza on being chosen Freshman of the Year by the Hispanic Republican Conference," Speaker Straus said. "He has served the Texas House well by showing a true dedication to his constituents and a passion for leadership within the Hispanic community.”

MORE ABOUT THE HISPANIC REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE: HRC Members for the 82nd Legislative Session (must be of Hispanic decent or represent districts with over 40% Hispanic population:

Aaron Pena (R-Edinburg), Chairman
Jose Aliseda (R-Beeville), First Vice-Chairman
Dee Margo (R-El Paso)
Raul Torres (R-Corpus Christi)
Larry Gonzales (R-Round Rock)
John V. Garza (R-San Antonio)
Connie Scott (R-Corpus Christi)
Rodney Anderson (R-Grand Prairie)
Todd Hunter (R-Corpus Christi)
Jim Landtroop (R-Plainview)
Ken Legler (R-Houston)

HRC Associate Members (must represent districts with over 30% Hispanic population)
Speaker Joe Straus
Rep. Tom Craddick
Rep. John Frullo
Rep. John Kuempel
Rep. Barbara Nash
Rep. Patricia Harless
Rep. Warren Chisum
Rep. Geanie Morrison
Rep. Jason Isaac
Rep. Dan Branch
Rep. Kenneth Sheets
Rep. Charles Perry
Rep. Joe Driver
Rep. Marva Beck
Rep. Jim Murphy
Rep. Stefani Carter
Rep. Wayne Smith
Rep. Cindy Burkett
Rep. Lyle Larson
Rep. Bill Callegari
Rep. Linda Harper-Brown

John V. Garza represents Texas House District 117, which is located in far west and southwest Bexar County. His parents USAF S/SGT Arthur and Maria D. Garza were originally from the Westside of San Antonio. As a military family, the Garza's traveled extensively and globally before finally settling back to their Westside San Antonio home in 1967. Rep. Garza graduated from Edgewood ISD's John F. Kennedy High School in 1973. He then attended The University of Denver where he received his Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication in 1977. John married a South San West Campus graduate, Debra A. Garza, in 1980 and has raised five children. He is also the proud grandfather of two grandchildren. The Garza’s currently live and work in District 117 and have always been active in serving and ministering to families in their community.

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