MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011 Immigrant Success Story: Ana Hernandez Luna, Texas Representative

16 May

by Regina Cantu @ Matt.org

According to the Texas Observer, Texas State Representative Ana Hernandez Luna gave “one of the most poignant personal privilege speeches in the history of the Texas House.” Hernandez Luna (D-Houston) told the chamber that she had grown up undocumented in Texas. The amnesty granted by President Ronald Reagan in the 80s had allowed her family to come out of the shadows, she said.”

According to her Texas House of Representatives biography,State Representative Ana Hernandez Luna was elected in December, 2005 to represent District 143 in the Texas House of Representatives. District 143 covers part of Houston including areas of Magnolia Park, Manchester, Port Houston, Cimarron and Denver Harbor, the cities of Galena Park and Jacinto City, and portions of Pasadena and Channelview. She serves as Vice-Chair of the Committee on Elections and serves on the House Committee of Pensions, Investments and Financial Services. Born in Reynosa, Mexico and raised in Pasadena, Texas, Ana comes from a very close-knit and hard working family, and is the younger of two daughters. She is married to Greg Luna, who is a practicing attorney.

Ana graduated from Sam Rayburn High School in Pasadena, and received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Houston. Upon completion of her undergraduate studies, Ana attended the University of Texas School of Law. She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence in May of 2004.

In addition to representing District 143 in the Texas House of Representatives, she also practices law at Carrigan, McCloskey & Roberson, L.L.P. She is a member of various professional, civic and charitable organizations including the State Bar of Texas, a member of the Board of Directors for the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston, a Texas Bar Foundation Fellow, and she serves on the Board of Regents for the Texas Chiropractic College and Precinct2gether.

Hernandez Luna says she wants to put a face on the oft-maligned topic of immigration.

I am able to understand what a lot of these immigrants are going through because my family went through it,” she said in an interview with the American Statesman.

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