Jose (Jose) Menendez (D-26)

State Senator Jose Menendez

Jose (Jose) Menendez (D-26)
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Capitol: 512.463.0126
FAX: 512.463.2114
District: 210.733.6604
Room E1.706 Capitol Extension 1100 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
4522 Fredericksburg Road
San Antonio, TX 78201
Residence:San Antonio, TX

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Occupation- Vice President, Stewart Title Guaranty; Director, Multicultural Market Legislative Experience- House Member, 2001 - 2015; Senate Member- 2015 - present Hometown- San Antonio Party- Democrat State Senator Jose Menendez is Texas State Senator serving District 26 since 2015. The son of immigrants, Jose Menendez grew up working at his family's small business located in San Antonio's West Side. During his term in office, Menendez passed over 200 bills that benefited children, seniors, veterans, and San Antonio families. One of the bills, David's Law, empowers students, parents, schools, and law enforcement to combat and prevent cyberbullying. Senator Menendez is also a strong advocate for job growth, community and business development. Along with his successful legislation, Senator Menendez has secured millions of dollars for advancements in education, healthcare, parks, and additional funding developments, including $17 million for the Alamo Colleges. Senator Menendez began his public service career in 1997 when he was elected to the San Antonio City Council District 6 office, representing the city's West Side. He was then elected to serve as State Representative for House District 124 in 2000. He was later entrusted with an appointment to the powerful Appropriations Committee where he secured millions of dollars for various crucial San Antonio initiatives. In his final session serving in the House, Menendez was appointed Chairman of the House Committee on Defense and Veterans' Affairs where he secured one of the state's largest mental health programs for Veterans. Senator Menendez has distinguished himself as a commonsense problem solver, able to work with colleagues on all sides to serve the needs of Texas families. He has continued to remain committed to improving the state's public education system, utilities and energy infrastructure, as well as housing and economic development. Senator Menendez received the esteemed 'Texas Municipal League Legislator of the Year Award' in 2017 which honors his outstanding efforts to empower Texans to make decisions affecting their local communities. Among his many distinguished honors, Menendez is also the proud recipient of the Nation's Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) '2017 Legislator of the Year' award; 'Leaders in Improving Mental Health Care' from the Center for Health Care Services; Texas Parent Teacher Association's (PTA) 'Legislative Honor Roll'; and 'Senator of the Year' from the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas (CLEAT). Senator Menendez graduated from Central Catholic High School before earning degrees in Business Administration and Latin American Studies at Southern Methodist University. He has been married to his best friend Cehlia Newman-Menendez since 1995. They have three children, Dominic, Victoria, and Austin. As a father, husband and lifelong Texan, Senator Menendez is extremely grateful to be able to serve the people of District 26 and the state of Texas.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2015    Next Election: 2024
Spouse: Cehlia Nicole Newman   DOB: 3/11/1969
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