BIOGRAPHY:

Joe Farias

Joe Farias

State Representative

Government

State Rep. Joe Farias had contributed on a personal level to the betterment of south San Antonio and District 118, before being elected in 2006. As a community member, he coached Little League and raised money for needy families by selling barbecue plates. Rep. Farias graduated in 1965 from Harlandale High School and three years later joined the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam and Berlin, Germany. Upon his return, he earned an associate degree from St. Philips College. In 1971, he became a machinist at CPS Energy, servicing power plants and retired thirty-two years later as a supervisor in the utility’s technical training section. He served three terms as a board member for the Harlandale Independent School District, scrutinizing the budget, demanding accountability and fighting to ensure that all students received a quality education. As a first-year legislator, he fought for bipartisan legislation that would cap the interest rates of predatory payday loans for members of the Armed Forces and their families. He introduced legislation that recuperated Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) program funding level of 2003 and expanded health insurance to 150,000 more children. He successful passed a bill to study how to reduce juvenile crime. For his efforts, the Mexican American Legislative Caucus voted him Freshman of the Year. From 2008 to 2010, he passed legislation to inform 25 percent of Texas families of the $5,000 Federal Tax Income Earned Credit refund that they had failed to claim. As chair of the Texas Veterans Caucus, he passed a law waiving college tuition under the Hazelwood Act for spouses of veterans killed in action or disabled due to a service-related injury. Education continued to be a high priority as Rep. Farias helped to secure $40,000 for the construction of the first Texas A&M University stand-alone building in south San Antonio. Rep. Farias and his wife Angie have four grown sons. He currently serves on the St. Leo Catholic School Board and on the San Antonio Zoning Commission.

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