Uresti Celebrates Ten Years of Public Service
SAN ANTONIO -- State Senator Carlos Uresti celebrated ten years as a state legislator today, June 21, 2007.
"The last decade has been incredibly rewarding and challenging for my family and me. I feel so very fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn while serving my neighbors and fellow Texans. Being elected to public office is a big responsibility. I hope I have lived up to the voters' expectations," Uresti commented.
Uresti spent much of the anniversary updating constituents on highlights of the recent legislative session, and coordinating town hall meetings across his vast senatorial district.
A former United States Marine officer and attorney, Uresti was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in a special election in 1997. He served in the House from 1997 to 2006, serving as the chair of the Committee on Government Reform during the 79th Legislature and chair of the Committee on Human Services during the 78th Legislature. Uresti made a name for himself in the Texas House, receiving five Legislator of the Year Awards. His laser-like focus on protecting the most vulnerable Texans has made him a key figure in child and elder abuse and neglect prevention.
Uresti ran for and was elected to the Texas Senate in a dramatic surprise primary victory in March 2006 over incumbent Senator Frank Madla, whom he replaced in November of 2006. Senator Uresti served in his first regular session in the Senate during the 80th Legislature, where he made notable contributions to state water policy, health care, child welfare, and veterans' issues.
Uresti attended St. Mary's University, where he received his bachelor degree and teaching certificate, as well as his law degree. He maintains a private practice in San Antonio, while also serving as a Vice President of United Title Company. He is the husband of Yolanda Acuņa Uresti, and the proud father of two sons: Michael, who will begin law school at St. Mary's University this fall, and Carlos, Jr., a United States Marine.
Senator Uresti represents Senate District 19, a 55,000 square mile area extending from the city of San Antonio in Bexar County to the Lower Valley of El Paso County. The largest legislative district in the nation, it spans two time zones, and contains nine of the 14 border counties in Texas, two-thirds of the U.S.-Mexico border within Texas, and all or part of 23 counties. Senate District 19 is home to five U.S. ports of entry, three U.S. toll bridges, 62 school districts, seven military sites, six state parks, and two national parks.