Born and raised in San Antonio. Representative Martinez Fischer and his wife, Elizabeth Provencio, an attorney and San Antonio Water System trustee, are the proud parents of two daughters: Francesca, who is 4 1/2 years old, and Camilla, who is 3 years old.
JD, University of Texas School of Law, 1998
MPA, Baruch College of Public Affairs New York
National Urban Fellowship, New York, New York, 1994
BA, Political Science, University of Texas at San Antonio, 1993.
An accomplished lawyer.
Honorary Board Member, Congressional Youth Leadership Council
Alternate, Law and Justice Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures
Member, People for the American Way's 35 Under 35 project
Representative, Texas State House of Representatives, 2000-present.
Representative Martinez Fischer is the chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, the oldest and largest Latino legislative caucus in the United States. During his Chairmanship, the Caucus has emerged as one of the leading Latino public policy organizations and the "group to watch" in the Texas Legislature according to The Economist magazine. In 2012, Chairman Martinez Fischer led the Mexican American Legislative Caucus in two victorious court battles concerning redistricting and voter/photo identification that will be remembered in Texas civil rights history.
Representative Martinez Fischer sits on the Natural Resources and Ways and Means Committees as well as the Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations. He was also selected by Texas House Speaker Joe Straus to serve on the Select Committee on Redistricting during the first called special session of the 83rd Legislature.
He was recently named one of the 10 Best Legislators of 2013 by Texas Monthly Magazine, who described him as a "soldier prepared to do battle but ready to make peace." The Houston Chronicle and the San Francisco Chronicle named him one of the "20 Latino political rising stars of 2012," placing him among those under 55 "who just might change the face of American politics over the next two decades." In 2010, Campaigns and Elections Magazine named him a "Texas Influencer" and one of the Top-50 Democrats in the state. The New York Times has dubbed him a "heavy hitter" whose "oyalty to San Antonio remains steadfast." In 2011, Texas Monthly named him the “Bull of the Brazos” in recognition of his passionate commitment to bringing balance and accountability to a legislative session dominated by a few on the far right. In giving him this award, Texas Monthly wrote that “without TMF the Democrats would have had no champion at all”. He has also been recognized as the “2013 Friend of Education” and a “Legislative Star” by the Texas Classroom Teachers Association for fighting harmful legislation that would short-change our children’s future.