Representative Martinez Fischer is a member of an emerging group of Latino leaders in the United States, has built his career as a no-nonsense, down-to-business Democrat. That is why the Houston Chronicle and the San Francisco Chronicle have recently named him one of the “20 Latino political rising stars of 2012 ,” placing him among those under 55, “who just might change the face of American politics over the next two decades.” Campaigns and Elections Magazine named him a “Texas Influencer” and one of the Top-50 Democrats in the state. The New York Times has dubbed him a “heavy hitter” whose “loyalty to San Antonio remains steadfast.” After a legislative session dominated by a few on the far-right, Representative Martinez Fischer is committed to bringing balance and accountability back to the Texas House of Representatives.
Representative Martinez Fischer is the chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, the oldest and largest Latino legislative caucus in the United States. During his Chairmanship, the Caucus has emerged as one of the leading Latino public policy organizations and the “group to watch” in the Texas Legislature according to The Economist magazine.
Recently, Chairman Martinez Fischer has led the Mexican American Legislative Caucus in two victorious court battles that will be remembered in Texas civil rights history. The redistricting and voter/photo identification litigation will have a tremendous effect on the future of Texas and Chairman Martinez Fischer has testified before federal courts on both of these issues.
Representative Martinez Fischer is an accomplished lawmaker who serves as a floor leader, guiding key bills to passage or defeat, and is recognized as an expert on the House rules of procedure. Most recently, he was named the “Bull of the Brazos”, an award given by Texas Monthly magazine recognizing him among the best in the legislature. In giving him this prestigious award Texas Monthly wrote: “without TMF the Democrats would have had no champion at all”. He has also been recognized as the “2013 Friend of Education” and a “Legislative Star” by the Texas Classroom Teachers Association for fighting harmful legislation that would short-change our children’s future.
Martinez Fischer sits on the Natural Resources and Ways & Means Committees. He was selected by House Speaker Joe Straus to sit on the Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations