Agriculture Excerpt:"As Chair of the House Agriculture & Livestock Committee, Yvonne has been a leader for South Texas farmers. She fought for - and won - important new protections for landowners, and she worked to pass tax relief for farmers and ranchers."
Economy Excerpt:"Yvonne stood strong against raising taxes on our small businesses so they can invest more in creating jobs and she was successful in bringing $500,000 to Coastal Bend College for nursing programs. She stood up for small and rural communities to ensure that their infrastructure projects will continue to receive funding."
Energy Resources Excerpt:"As a member of the influential House Energy Resources Committee, Yvonne has worked on issues that relate to universal bonding on oil and gas operators, the economic consequences on the number of abandoned wells placed into the Oil Cleanup Fund, and the feasibility of offering economic incentives to promote the plugging of inactive wells by operators."
Public Education Excerpt:"The daughter of a retired public schoolteacher, Yvonne has a unique understanding of the critical needs of our public schools and the role our schools play in the economic success of not just our students, but our state. That is why she has worked to protect school funding, as well as to make the path to college affordable for our students."
Yvonne is a practicing attorney. She has worked as Assistant Attorney General of Texas, Legal Counsel for the Texas Workforce Commission, and researcher for the Texas State House of Representatives.
She is a member of the Alice Counseling Center, Brush Country Cattlewomen's Association, Coastal Bend Women Lawyers Association, Community Action Incorporated, and the Texas Democratic Women Association.
Representative Gonzalez Toureilles served in the Texas House from 2005-2011 and represented seven central South Texas counties including 50% of the newly created district. In her position as Chairwoman of the Agriculture & Livestock Committee she had jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to agriculture, livestock, forestry and the lumber industry including over a dozen state agencies, boards and commissions. In addition, Representative Gonzalez Toureilles served for six years as a member of the Energy Resources Committee, which had oversight on the conservation, production, regulation, transportation, and development of oil, gas, and other energy resources of the Texas oil and gas industry.