Representative Aaron Peña is a South Texas attorney first elected to represent HD-40 in 2002. He is the current vice chairman of the House Elections Committee and also serves on the Ways and Means and Redistricting committees.
Peña cites as his legislative priorities education, with a special focus public-school teacher pay, and the expansion of the University of Texas-Pan American. Peña has sponsored legislation to authorize construction of a Student Wellness and Recreation Center and a Fine Arts Academic and Performance Complex at UTPA and Peña also gives priority to improving the lives of veterans and enhancing drug-abuse treatment and prevention.
After graduating from Edinburg High School in 1977, he attended the University of Texas-Pan American before returning to Austin and earning a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. Peña received his law degree in 1987 from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas.
Peña was licensed to practice law in 1988, and in 1995 became board certified by the State Bar of Texas in Labor and Employment Law. He has served on the State Bar of Texas’ governing board for Labor and Employment attorneys. In April of 2005, Peña began work as a civil defense lawyer. In both capacities, he was recognized by Texas Monthly as a “Super Lawyer.”