VIDEO: Meet the first openly gay Latina lawmaker in the Texas House

MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts talks to Mary Gonzales, who was just elected to Texas’ 75th district and will become the first openly gay Latina lawmaker in Texas’ House.

Gonzales tells Roberts that she campaigned on the issues, not as a gay or a woman candidate.

She says that her campaign workers knocked on 11,000 doors and connected with people in her district. The 75th district is in the El Paso area where she will represent the eastern Lower Valley.

Gonzales won the Democratic primary last month and, because she did not have a Republican opponent, will be automatically elected in November.

According to the Huffington Post, a content partner of SDGLN:

González said that while she is excited to be part of this historical moment, she wants the elections to be about her qualifications and her proposals. Not about her sexual identity.

González has a masters degree in social justice from St. Edward's University and bachelor's degree in history and Mexican-American studies from the University of Austin. She is currently working towards her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin. González was a visiting professor at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas teaching social justice.


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