Representative Roberto R. Alonzo is a Dallas-based attorney first elected to represent HD-184 in 1992. The Crystal City native served the post until the end in 1996 and reclaimed the seat in 2003.
Alonzo is vice chairman of the Pensions, Investments & Financial Services Committee. He also serves on the House Administration, Calendars and Higher Education committees. His previous assignments include memberships on the Higher Education, Redistricting, Border & Intergovernmental Affairs, Urban Affairs, Transportation, Judicial Affairs, Corrections, Border & International Affairs, and Judiciary committees.
Alonzo cites as his most significant accomplishments his efforts to create the Texas Partnership and Scholarship Program and initiating legislation that funneled more monies to financially needy Texas college students. Alonzo also passed a bill that directs all junior-college governing boards to brainstorm the creation of a Mexican-American Studies program on their campuses.
Alonzo has been recognized by the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce with its "2008 Champion of Higher Education Award," and by the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education with the group’s “TACHE Meritorious Service Award.”
He earned a B.A. in 1980 from the University of Texas and his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1984 from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in Houston.
He is a former assistant Texas Attorney General, Texas Senate aid, employee of the Texas Department of Human Resources, and paralegal for both the Texas Rural Legal Aid Clinic and the Oficina de la Gente Legal Aid Clinic.
A former board member of the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Dallas Area Rapid Transit Authority, and the Hispanic PAC/USA in Washington, D.C., Alonzo is also a member of the Mexican American Bar Association.
Rep. Alonzo is married to the former Sylvana Avila. They have three children, Roberto Jr., Maria Xiomara, and, Jose Maria Emeterio.