Working tirelessly to serve the community and improve the lives of El Pasoans.
Served in the Texas House of Representatives
75th, 76th, 77th, 78th, 79th, 80th, and 81st Texas Legislature
● Border & International Affairs (Chair); Financial Institutions (Chair Budget & Oversight); Calendars (V-Chair); Human Services (V-Chair); Rules & Resolutions (V-Chair); Appropriations, Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government; Appropriations Subcommittee on Business & Economic Development; Appropriation Subcommittee on Stimulus; Electric Generation Capacity-Select Committee; Higher Education; State Federal & International Relations ; Public School Sub-Committee on Facilities; Defense & Veteran Affairs
● Collaborate, lead, and foster effective partnerships in a bi-partisan manner between state legislators, state agencies, local governmental entities and political and community leaders to pass legislation or kill legislation that negatively impacted El Paso or statewide coalition partners.
● Institutional knowledge of the Texas House of Representatives, House Rules, and Texas legislative process including the passing of legislation, amendments, appropriation riders, constitutional amendments and understanding the importance of working in a bipartisan manner for good and balanced public policy.
Norma is a lifelong Democrat serving as Chair of various committees at the national, state, and local Democratic Party Conventions from 1996 to current. She was a DNC Delegate to the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012. She has served as a Field Coordinator for various Democratic national, state, and local candidates.
Norma formally endorsed Barack Obama's campaign for U.S. Senate in February 2007. She served as an Obama for America Campaign Volunteer and filed Senator Obama's candidacy in Texas for his presidential run. She participated in Texas leadership calls, and canvassed in the Nevada, New Jersey, Texas, and New Mexico Primaries on behalf of President Obama.
Norma is grounded by the values instilled in her by her parents and grandparents: faith, family, and community. Having marched with Cesar Chávez, Dolores Huerta, and the United Farm Workers of America, she is committed to worker rights, human rights, and protecting the environment. She supports equal pay and believes we can make life better for families.
Years of Service
YEARS OF SERVICE: Norma served in the Texas House of Representatives for 14 years. Norma has institutional knowledge, legislative experience, political instinct, and the capacity to effect change upon taking her oath of office as State Representative for District 77. She has been a passionate Texas legislator, serving in the Texas House of Representatives for 14 years with the capacity to effectively influence public policy decisions at the federal, state, and local levels through collaborative efforts. She has been an advocate/activist for 45 years.
BILLS PASSED: Norma's legislative career accomplishments include authoring 50 House bills, sponsoring 22 Senate bills, and authoring 75 amendments that were adopted and became law.
COMMUNITY PROJECTS: A community organizer at heart, Norma’s career began at the grassroots level, walking blocks and knocking on doors in her native El Paso, educating her neighbors on local issues. Her early organizing activities focused on cultural, environmental, and human rights matters. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Norma spearheaded efforts to preserve Mexican-American culture in her home city, teamed with other concerned citizens to successfully oppose efforts to build a low-level nuclear waste site in Sierra Blanca, and spent two years as a public action organizer for the United Farm Workers Union.
When the 1990 Federal Clean Act passed, she intensively studied and researched proposed amendments to the 1990 Federal Clean Air Act, and organized a successful citizens’ lobby of El Paso small businesses, and car dealers from across the state, and other interest groups to defeat centralized automobile emissions testing. As part of this five-year statewide and national effort, Norma testified before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington and the Texas Air Control Board in Austin. Ultimately, she was instrumental in the passage of state legislation that preserved the rights of small businesses to perform emissions testing and repairs, protect the environment, and ensured a balance between business and environmental interests, while saving thousands of Texas jobs.
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