Q&A with Texas State Representative Mary González

By Political Parity on July 24, 2014

State Representative Mary González is serving her first term in Texas’ District 75. The oldest of eleven children and a Texas native, she has dedicated her life to promoting social change by improving public schools, increasing economic development, supporting agriculture, and expanding access to public water.

Prior to her election in 2012, Rep. González worked for Texas State Representatives Paul Moreno and Richard Raymond. She also served as Assistant Director in the Office of Research and Demonstration at the National Hispanic Institute, Program Coordinator in the Multicultural Engagement Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and Assistant Dean for Student Multicultural Affairs at Southwestern University. Most recently, she was a visiting instructor at Southwestern University.

In the podcast above, hear Political Parity’s Nadia Farjood and Mary McGreal speak with Rep. González about her road to politics, experience with media scrutiny, and her time in office. She also opens up about the mentors who led her to a life of public service and offers advice to young Latinas interested in pursuing political office.

“I always knew I wanted to make a difference for my community, be involved, leave a legacy, and really change things at a systematic level.” – Texas State Representative Mary González

This post originally appeared on the LatinasRepresent blog. LatinasRepresent is a nonprofit, nonpartisan initiative of Political Parity and the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda that does not endorse any specific candidate for public office. This Q&A series is intended to lift up the stories of Latina leaders, officeholders, and candidates on the path to public office.