PRESS RELEASE from the office of Senator Carlos Uresti

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: January 8, 2007
CONTACT: Ryan Sullivan or
Norman Garza at 512-463-0119

URESTI TO TAKE OATH OF OFFICE AS 80TH LEGISLATURE CONVENES

SAN ANTONIO -- Carlos Uresti will take the Oath of Office as the Senator from District 19 on the Opening Day of the Texas Senate tomorrow. Opening Day ceremonies begin at noon, January 9th, and mark the first day of the biennial, 140-day Regular Session.

"It will be my great honor to begin my first full term as the Senator from District 19. I pledge to work with Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst and my fellow State Senators in a spirit of bipartisanship that advances the best interests of Senate District 19 and the people of Texas," Uresti said Monday.

"Senate District 19 is the largest Senate district in the Nation, representing unparalleled diversity and opportunity. During my Senate term, I will continue an open-door policy for all of my constituents; and I will maintain my philosophy that it is our priority to be a voice for those whose voices cannot be heard," Uresti stated.

"As a State Senator, I will continue my efforts on behalf of our children, our veterans, the elderly, and the disabled. As a House Chairman during the 79th Legislature, I had the privilege to work with Lt. Gov. Dewhurst, Senator Nelson, and members of the Texas Senate on comprehensive legislation to care for our most vulnerable Texans. I look forward to continuing my work with these leaders as we build a stronger Texas for all Texans," Uresti said.

Uresti begins his first full term in the Texas Senate following his election in November 2006. His Senate service builds on nearly a decade in the Texas House of Representatives representing House District 118 (San Antonio), where he was chairman of the House Committee on Human Services and the Committee on Government Reform. Uresti led the effort to reform the State's Child and Adult Protective Services agencies during the 79th Regular Session, and received five Legislator of the Year awards for his efforts.

A native Texan, Uresti is a former United States Marine. He graduated from St. Mary's University in San Antonio with B.A. in political science, a teaching certificate, and a law degree. Uresti is an attorney in private practice in San Antonio, where he resides with his wife, Yolanda Acuña Uresti. He is the father of Michael Uresti, a Texas A&M graduate, and Carlos Uresti, Jr., a United States Marine on active duty.

Senate District 19 is a 23 county area stretching along the U.S.-Mexico border, from San Antonio to El Paso County, including all or part of the following: Bandera, Bexar, Brewster, Culberson, Crockett, El Paso, Edwards, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Kinney, Loving, Maverick, Medina, Pecos, Presidio, Real, Reeves, Sutton, Terrell, Uvalde, Val Verde, Ward, and Winkler counties. Covering 55,000 square miles, the district contains 62 school districts and spans two time zones.

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