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NPT: State Rep. newcomers learning the media game fast

Couple of news releases from the offices of newly elected El Paso state Reps. Joe Moody and Marisa Marquez, respectively. (Moody, by the way, gave a different comment to NPT Austin reporter Ben Wright immediately following the speech. Guess he needed to think on it a bit.) Keep ’em coming, newbies!

Moody on Perry
Representative Joe Moody Responds to Governor Perry’s State of the State Address
State of the State good, but should be better

Austin – Today Representative Joe Moody responded to Governor Perry’s State of the State address:

“Governor Perry is right, Texas is strong. But we should be stronger. The last few legislative cycles have been divisive and that has prevented us from getting some very important things done for Texas citizens.

What I didn’t hear from the Governor’s speech was solutions. During his time as Governor and with a House chamber that was more about politics than policy, good programs have been ignored or worse, whittled down with budget cuts.

Now that we have new leadership in the House and a positive bipartisan start to this session. Its time to put the focus back on providing health insurance for our children, improving education from kindergarten to college, and making a real investment in clean, renewable energy sources.”

Marquez tours valley
Rep. Marquez Tours the Valley with Lawmakers
Enjoys Opportunity to Get to Know Her Colleagues

AUSTIN, TX—State Representative Marisa Marquez (D-El Paso) joined House colleagues this weekend on an informative trip to the Rio Grande Valley. The trip to Harlingen, Brownsville, and San Benito, gave lawmakers the chance to study key facilities in the area including Cameron Park, Idea Academy, and the Veterans’ Health Center.

“In all the communities I see along the Rio Grande, there is a common theme: tremendous growth and opportunity, but educational resources lagging behind,” said Rep. Marquez. “I am heartened by Lt. Governor Dewhurst’s recognition that schools like UTEP should become Tier 1 institutions to close that gap. What I have seen here in the Valley only makes it more evident.”

In addition to the camaraderie, Marquez was interested in discussions regarding health care, commerce, and education. As the representative for central El Paso, Marquez is gearing up for a session that will have important meaning for the district, especially with the strain on state resources. She believes lawmakers have to fight to ensure state services do not suffer amid calls to tighten the belt. The trip to the Valley was an opportunity to view the infrastructure in growing border areas and better understand how they impact El Paso.

At 30, Rep. Marquez is one of the youngest members of the Texas Legislature. She serves District 77 in downtown El Paso.

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

January 28, 2009 at 12:06 am