Veronica Escobar

U.S. House, Texas 16

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Judge Veronica Escobar is running for Congress in Texas’ 16th Congressional District because she’s ready to stand up for the families and values of her home district against the bigoted, hateful policies of the Trump White House and his Republican Congress.

Congressman Beto O’Rourke is leaving his seat to challenge Ted Cruz in the Senate, so it is important to ensure El Paso’s vibrant border community is represented by a true progressive leader.

Veronica has a proven track record of progressive leadership throughout more than a decade of public service - serving first as County Commissioner, and later serving two terms as County Judge. In these roles, she helped expand access to affordable healthcare, fought corruption and bigoted legislation in local government, helped labor unions gain access to the public hospital and local government and protect the rights of more workers. She led advocacy efforts for just immigration policies through the Border Rights Coalition, eventually becoming the co-chair of the coalition. Veronica helped build El Paso’s first Children’s Hospital and expanded the role of El Paso’s public hospital through modern clinics where the neediest could access world-class care. Veronica helped raise wages in her county and stood up to her local police chief when he called Black Lives Matter a “radical hate group.” Escobar sued the State of Texas when Republican legislators pushed through a bill that would allow local law enforcement to become de facto border patrol agents. Veronica Escobar was also a leading voice in protecting the reproductive rights of women in Texas. Her eleven-year record at the county level and a lifetime civic engagement have made her ready to stand up and fight for progressive values at the federal level.

Veronica grew up working on a dairy farm, and taught Chicano literature at the University of El Paso - Texas prior to has been the recipient of the “Women of Integrity” award given by Women for an Ethical El Paso (2007), the “2008 Elected Official of the Year” Award given by the National Association of Social Workers (Texas Chapter, El Paso Branch), the “Human Rights Safe Communities” award given by the Border Network for Human Rights (2009), and the “2010 Elected Official of the Year” presented to her by the Rio Grande Council of Governments, and the TAMACC 2014 Women of Distinction Award.

If elected, Veronica would be the first Latina ever elected to U.S. Congress from Texas.

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