Texas Tribune visits to discuss Legislature

July 23, 2019


The Texas Tribune is touring the state with a series of post-session events recapping the major policy debates of the 86th Texas Legislature and what they mean for Texas' largest cities and surrounding communities.


Join us in person for a conversation about public education, taxes, immigration, health care, spending and other consequential matters with El Pasoarea legislators, including state Sen. José Rodríguez and state Reps.




Wells Fargo shows support to El Paso Community College with letter lights at their facility.



César Blanco, Art Fierro, Joe Moody and Lina Ortega. The conversation will be moderated by Evan Smith, co-founder and CEO of The Texas Tribune. César Blanco, D-El Paso, has represented House District 76 since 2015. He sits on the House Environmental Regulation and International Relations & Economic Development committees.


He also serves on the Transportation Policy Board of the El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization. 
Previously Blanco served as a military intelligence analyst in the U.S. Navy. Art Fierro, D-El Paso, is currently serving his first term representing House District 79 after a 2019 special election.


He sits on the House Agriculture & Livestock and Elections committees. Previously, Fierro served as chair of the El Paso Community College Board of Trustees. Joe Moody, D-El Paso, has represented House District 78 since 2009.


He serves as vice chair of the House Calendars Committee and sits on the Business & Industry, Criminal Jurisprudence and Redistricting committees. Previously, Moody served as a prosecutor in the El Paso County District Attorney’s office.


Lina Ortega, D-El Paso, has represented House District 77 since 2017. She sits on the House Administration, Public Health and Transportation committees. Previously, she served as chair of the El Paso County Ethics Commission and is past president of the Women’s Bar Association and the El Paso County Trial Lawyers Association


. Ortega practices law in an El Paso law firm. José Rodríguez, D-El Paso, has represented Senate District 29, which includes more than 350 miles of the Texas-Mexico border, since 2011. He serves as vice chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee and sits on the Natural Resources & Economic Development, Transportation and Water & Rural Affairs committees. Rodríguez also serves as chairman of the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus.




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