Carlos "Charlie" Uresti is a Texas attorney and Democratic politician from San Antonio. He is a currently member of the Texas State Senate representing Senate District 19, one of the largest geographical senatorial districts in the Texas Senate, covering a third of the Texas-Mexico Border. He is considered a statewide leader in the fight to prevent child abuse and neglect, and was named Legislator of the Year five times. Uresti previously represented portions of Bexar County and the City of San Antonio in District 118 of the Texas House of Representatives from 1997 to 2006.

Carlos Uresti was born in San Antonio on September 18, 1963 as the youngest of 8 children. He grew up on the Southside of San Antonio and attended McCollum High School, where he was a part of the JROTC. After graduation, Uresti enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves at the age of 18. In 1985, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from St. Mary’s University, and was then commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant.[3] Uresti rose to the rank of captain and earned the Navy Achievement Medal during his four years of active duty as a combat engineer. After his military career, Uresti returned to St. Mary’s University School of Law, from which he graduated in 1992. Since then, he has been in private practice in San Antonio, currently with The Uresti Law Firm.

Senator Uresti married Lleanna Elizondo in 2012. She has two children, Katalina and Sebastian, and he has two sons: Michael, a 2005 graduate of Texas A&M University, and Carlos, Jr., who is a 2011 Texas A&M University-San Antonio graduate and a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Senator Uresti is the grandfather to Benjamin, Evan, and Juliette.

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