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Biographical Profile for Norma Chavez
Previous Candidate for State Representative District 76, Texas
Age: 53
Party: Texas Democratic Party
Phone: 915.778.9960
Address: 6070 Gateway East Suite 300
El Paso, TX 79905
 
Norma Chavez's positions and views on the issues:
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General: (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)
All politics is local. No one understands this precept more than Norma Chávez. It has been the hallmark of her career as a community organizer and the cornerstone for her success as a Texas legislator. From the neighborhood to the statehouse, Norma has never lost her touch with the people, or her instinctive ability to bring together coalitions of stakeholders with common interests and organize them to affect change in their community. She possesses a rare, panoramic perspective on lawmaking often lacking in elected officials – a view of the legislative process not only from the inside out, but also from the ground up.
Personal: (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)
Gender: Female

Birth Date: 06/29/1960

Home City: El Paso, TX
Education: (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)
Norma Chávez graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts, Government Major, Business Minor, and completed the Program for seniors in Executive State and Local Government at Harvard University.
Profession: (profession and work experience outside politics)
Today, she produces and hosts an independent radio talk show in El Paso called "Border Talk," leading an ongoing public dialogue on issues affecting borderlands, Latino interests, politics, culture, music, and the arts. Norma is the founder of Texico Communications, a public strategy and legislative consulting firm.
Military: (branch, years of service, active duty experience, highest rank, medals, honors, discharge date and type)
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Civic: (past and present organizations, charities involvement)
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 nuclear waste site in Sierra Blanca, and spent two years as a community organizer for the United Farm Workers Union.

In 1990, Norma embarked on a citizen’s campaign that ultimately launched her career in public service. After receiving notice of federal legislation that would impact her family-owned gas station, Norma intensively researched proposed amendments to the 1990 Federal Clean Air Act and organized a successful citizens’ lobby of El Paso small businesses, 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, protected the environment, and ensured a balance between business and environmental interests -- while saving thousands of Texas jobs.
Political: (dates and titles of previously held political offices)
She was elected and took office in January 1997, becoming the first Latina elected to the Texas Legislature from El Paso. As Norma gained experience and seniority, she served in increasingly influential roles, including as Chair of the House Border and International Affairs Committee and Vice Chair of three standing House committees – Rules and Resolutions, Human Services, and Calendars. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, she became intricately familiar with the budget-writing process. Norma left the Texas House in 2011.
Religion: (current and past religious affiliations, beliefs)
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Accomplishments: (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)
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