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Gilbert H. Peña (born 1949) was a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 144 in Harris County, Texas.[1]

Gilbert H. Peña
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 144th district
In office
January 13, 2015 – January 8, 2017
Preceded byMary Ann Perez
Succeeded byMary Ann Perez
Personal details
Born1949
Galveston, Texas, USA
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Cynthia Hernandez Peña
ChildrenFour children
ResidencePasadena, Texas
Alma materTexas Southern University
OccupationRetired

BackgroundEdit

Born in Galveston, Peña moved to Houston with his family when he was nine years of age. Of a modest background, he held an assortment of jobs, often two at a time, over his working career and is now retired. He obtained a bachelor's degree in Political Science in 1996, when he was forty-seven, from Texas Southern University in Houston. He and his wife, the former Cynthia Hernandez (born 1958), have resided since 1992 in Pasadena, Texas. The couple has four children.[2]

Political lifeEdit

Peña unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for the District 144 seat in 2012 but was defeated by intraparty rival, David Pineda, who polled 1,437 votes (58.2 percent) to Peña's 1,030 (41.8 percent).[3] Pineda was narrowly defeated in the November 6, 2012 general election by the Democrat Mary Ann Perez.

In 2014, Peña was unopposed for the Republican nomination for District 144, which includes the San Jacinto Monument, the Houston Ship Channel, and Battleship Texas. Peña calls himself a conservative, which was represented prior to 2013 by Barbara Legler and her late husband, Ken Legler of Pasadena, who died in office in 2012. Mrs. Legler did not contest the seat, as Pineda defeated Peña for the nomination that year. In the November 4, 2014 general election, Peña turned the tables on Representative Perez. He won the seat by 152 votes, 6,015 votes (50.6 percent) to Perez's 5,863 (49.4 percent).[4] In 2016 Mary Ann Perez defeated Peña in a rematch with 16,258 votes to 10,736, 60.2% to 39.8% [5]

Peña outlined ten reasons that voters should support him, including policies for the creation of more jobs, the enhancement of family safety, health care, and reform of the state educational system. He stressed his support for Christian morality and values.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gilbert Peña". Texas Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved December 10, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Meet Gilbert Peña". Take Back House District 144. Archived from the original on December 20, 2014. Retrieved December 10, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "Republican primary election returns, May 29, 2012". Texas Secretary of State. Archived from the original on November 8, 2006. Retrieved December 10, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "General election returns, November 4, 2014". Texas Secretary of State. Archived from the original on November 8, 2006. Retrieved December 10, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/texas-state-house-district-144
Political offices
Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mary Ann Perez
Texas State Representative from District 144
(Harris County)

Gilbert Peña
2015–

Succeeded by
Incumbent