Lon Burnam, a resident of Tarrant County since 1953, attended Fort Worth I.S.D. schools and graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors Degree in Government. He earned his Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Burnam has served in the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 90 in Fort Worth since 1997. Rep. Burnam currently serves on the House Environmental Regulation and Homeland Security and Public Safety Committees. Previously, Burnam served on the Elections, Pensions and Investments, Insurance, and Urban Affairs Committees. He is Vice Chair of the Legislative Study Group, Co-Chair of the House Democratic Campaign Committee, as well as an active member of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus. Burnam also serves on the Advisory Board of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
Burnam’s legislative work focuses on consumer issues, anti-discrimination, fair taxation, energy, and the environment.
Some of the awards Representative Burnam has received include: the 2000 Racial Justice and Reconciliation Award given by the Tarrant Area Community of Churches; REACH, Inc.’s ADA award for disability advocacy in 2000; and the “Millennium Conservation Award” from the Texas Committee on Natural Resources in 1999. Burnam was the recipient of the 1997 “New Leadership for the Environment” Award from the Texas Chapter of the Sierra Club, which is given to an outstanding freshman legislator who displays leadership in protecting the environment. Also in 1997, Representative Burnam was named “Best Public Official” by the Fort Worth Weekly. Rep. Burnam received the Texas Surfrider Foundation’s 2003 “Keeper of the Coast” award.
Prior to being chosen by the voters of District 90, Burnam worked as a city planner helping community organizations and local residents in efforts to revitalize neighborhoods and create new economic opportunities. In the mid-1980’s, Burnam served as a Special Assistant to the Regional Administrator of the Texas Department of Human Services. He has served on numerous community boards and agencies.
Burnam is currently a consultant for organizations promoting civil rights and pluralism. He has been married to Carol Roark since 1979. They purchased a 1913 wood frame bungalow in the Fairmont neighborhood of Fort Worth in 1981, where, together with their three cats, they make their home today.
Born and raised in San Antonio, Justin Rodriguez grew up near the campus of St. Mary’s University. Following Antonian College Prep Justin crossed town to earn his BBA from the University of the Incarnate Word and subsequently earned an academic fellowship to attend the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he graduated in 2000 with his JD.
After serving for three years on the SAISD Board, Rep. Rodriguez was elected to the San Antonio City Council in May 2007 and re-elected in 2009. While at City Hall, Rep. Rodriguez was an advocate for economic and educational opportunities for the hard-working families of his district. For his service, Rep. Rodriguez has been awarded the Congressional Award for Outstanding Service and has been recognized by the San Antonio Business Journal as a “40 under 40” Rising Star. He was also recently named one of the “20 Latino Democrats to watch over the next 20 years” by the Houston Chronicle.
Rep. Rodriguez was elected to the Texas House In 2012. He and his wife Victoria are raising their three children in the heart of San Antonio’s west side
Roberto R. Alonzo was officially sworn in to start his eighth 2-year term as a Texas State Representative for House District 104 on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, having been first elected in November 1992, starting his first term during the 73rd Regular Session in 1993. When he was first elected, Rep. Alonzo made history by becoming the first Mexican American from North Texas elected to the Legislature, outdistancing his opponent by a 2 to 1 margin with over 66% percent of the vote.
In addition to his legislative duties, civic affairs, and active political involvement in the community, Rep. Alonzo is an attorney by profession. A former migrant worker born and raised in Crystal City, Texas, in a family of 11 siblings, he graduated from Crystal City High School where he also served as his Student Body President and worked summers and after school in the town’s legal aid center. In 1973, he sat on the Crystal City Independent School District Board of Trustees as a Student Representative. This active involvement as a young teen was the first sign that later encouraged him to pursue a career as an attorney. At the encouragement of his high school teachers, he left the small south Texas town to pursue an undergraduate degree at UT-Austin on an academic scholarship graduating with a B.A. degree in 1980. From there, he continued his law studies at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in Houston where he obtained his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1984. Rep. Alonzo is currently a self-practitioner and small business owner in Dallas where he specializes in criminal law.
In addition to his law practice, he is actively involved in a number of community affairs in the Dallas metroplex area. A former Board Member of both the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Authority (DART), he has also served as an active Board Member of Hispanic PAC/USA in Washington, D.C. and the Mexican American Bar Association. He is also an active member of the Democratic Party, having served in a number of significant capacities at the local, state, and national levels, including precinct chair several times as well as on the Executive Committee at both the state and national party levels. Rep. Alonzo has served as both state and national delegate to a number of party conventions as well. He has been a key organizer and coordinator for a number of notable local, state and national/congressional campaigns, including both State Chair and National Co-Chair of the “Adelante Con Clinton” Campaign, organized to maximize the Latino vote in the country. as well as the Southwest Voter Registration & Education Project (SWVREP). Additionally, Rep. Alonzo is a former Assistant Texas Attorney General, Legislative Aide in the Texas Senate, state employee with the Texas Department of Human Resources, and paralegal for both the Texas Rural Legal Aid Clinic and the Oficina de la Gente Legal Aid Clinic, which provide free pro bono legal services to low-income families.
Rep. Alonzo is married to the former Sylvana Avila, also of Crystal City. They have three children: Roberto, Jr.; Maria Xiomara; and, Jose Maria Emeterio.
Representative Jessica Farrar is currently in her 9th term as State Representative of District 148. She was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1994 at the age of 27, and she is the longest serving Hispanic member from Harris County in the Texas House of Representatives. Rep. Farrar currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Environmental Regulation and a member of the House Committee of Border and Intergovernmental Affairs. Past assignments have included the Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Land and Resource Management, House Committees on State Affairs, Juvenile Justice and Family Issues, Corrections, County Affairs, Agriculture and Livestock, and Appropriations. In addition, Representative Farrar serves as Leader of the House Democratic Caucus, and is the founder and Vice-Chair of the Women’s Health Caucus. She previously served as Secretary of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) and Vice-Chair of the Legislative Study Group (LSG). Representative Farrar works extensively on issues related to the environment, women’s health, children’s healthcare, education, taxes, homeowner rights, homeland and border security, domestic violence, sexual assault, reproductive rights, insurance coverage, transportation, discrimination, and criminal and juvenile justice. Rep. Farrar grew up in Houston. She received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Houston and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Texas School of Law. She is married to Lieutenant Colonel Marco Sanchez, who is a practicing attorney. They live in Houston’s Lindale Park neighborhood with their dogs, Cricket and Possum.