State Representative Ina Minjarez (D – 124 – San Antonio) spoke to the Healthcare and Biosciences Committee just weeks after the Special Session of the 85th Texas Legislature ended. Representative Minjarez was elected in a special election in 2015 with only 30 days left in the legislative session. She was named “Rookie of the Year” by Texas Monthly this year, noting her successful efforts to pass language supporting Child Protective Services reform, Kinship funding for families, and cyberbullying.
The Healthcare and Biosciences Committee was supportive of providing funding for “kinship” family members who care for children who would otherwise be put in foster care. Representative Minjarez and Senator Jose Menendez were champions for the funding, which had bipartisan support. The duo were also co-authors of David’s Law, which Governor Abbott signed into law to protect children from cyberbullying. We applaud the Representative’s tireless efforts advocating for the most vulnerable in our community and look forward to continuing to work with her in the future.
Representative Minjarez was born and raised in El Paso. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame and received a JD from St. Mary’s University. She is a former prosecutor in Bexar County where she prosecuted defendants charged with crimes against children. In private practice, she continued representing children who were victims of abuse and neglect.