Gonzalez is the first woman to represent the Lower Valley's District 75 in the Texas House and the first openly gay woman to be elected to the Texas House.
"I really want to make a difference for my district," Gonzalez said. "Considering all the things that have happened in the recent past, the district just needs to feel positive energy. I worry that with only 55 Democrats and 95 Republicans, it's going to be a lot harder to get things done. As much as I want to do as much as I possibly can there's the reality of political numbers to get things done. And so, that's why in order to be effective I have to have short term and long term goals."
El Paso will also see the return of a familiar face. State Rep. Joe Moody, D-El Paso, is returning to the state House after defeating Republican Dee Margo in their third match-up for the seat representing parts of Northeast and West El Paso.
"Having been here and having lost that and not been here and watching what happened last session, the gravity of the job we have to do is not lost on me," Moody said. "I want people back in El Paso to know how much this means to me—not for me, not for my family—I want them to know this is for them. I want to do well and make the people back at home proud."
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