Silvestre Reyes was first elected to Congress in 1996. He represents the 16th District of Texas.
Reyes is the Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He also serves on the House Armed Services Committee.
Reyes cites border security as his chief area of expertise.
He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1966-1968. In the U.S. he worked as a border agent, immigration inspector, and instructor at the Border Patrol Academy. He was promoted to Assistant Regional Commissioner in Dallas. Later, Reyes was named Sector Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, and managed operations in McAllen and El Paso from 1984-1995.
He earned an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from El Paso Community College and attended the University of Texas at Austin and El Paso.
He is married to Carolina Gaytan Reyes, and they have three children and four grandchildren.