|Full Name||Carlos Uresti|
|Education||B.A., St. Mary's University; J.D., St. Mary's University|
Carlos Uresti is the Texas State Senator for District 19, which covers more than 35,000 square miles and contains all or part of 17 counties, two international ports of entry, eleven state parks, 51 school districts, 2700 miles of highways, and more than 23,000 producing oil and gas wells in both the Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin. The district is larger than 12 states and 82 nations, and contains over one third of the Texas-Mexico border.
Uresti served 9 years in the Texas House before being elected to the Senate in 2006. Uresti serves as the vice chair of the Health and Human Services and is a member of the Committees on Finance, Veteran Affairs & Border Security, and Education.
Uresti enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve at 18 years of age and subsequently earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science and a teaching certificate from St. Mary's University. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lt., rose to the rank of captain and earned the Naval Achievement Medal during his four years of active duty as a combat engineer.
He graduated from St. Mary's University School of Law in 1992. Uresti is an experienced attorney based in San Antonio, with the Uresti Law Firm.
Senator Uresti formed the Bexar County Veterans' Coalition in 2006, and is a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Manuel Alvarado Post 9186, a member of the United States Marine Corps League, the American Legion, and the Alamo Silver Wings Airborne Association.
Uresti is most proud of the Blue Ribbon Task Force (BRTF) that he formed in 2007 which helps to bring awareness to child abuse and neglect in San Antonio and in Texas. Based on the experience and success of the San Antonio BRTF, Senator Uresti passed legislation to create a Statewide BRTF in 2011 that provided the state with valuable insight and direction on child abuse prevention.
Some of Uresti's top legislative accomplishments include reforming Texas’ Child Protective Services and Adult Protective Services agencies, legislation banning clinical medical trials involving foster children or children in the juvenile justice system, the statewide establishment of the Nurse-Family Partnership program for child abuse prevention, the expansion of pre-Kindergarten funding for children of active duty military personnel and the establishment of the Silver Alert system. Uresti is also passed legislation that authorized funding for Texas A&M University—San Antonio; installed the economic development authority for military installations affected by Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), and that provided economic incentives to attract industrial and manufacturing growth to San Antonio.
Senator Uresti has garnered numerous “Legislator of the Year” awards, was the recipient of the American Cancer Society’s “Texas Advocacy Award,” recognized by Court Appointed Special Advocates as a "Champion", awarded the "Friend of the Counties" distinction by Texas Association of Counties, and named one of “Texas Medicine's Best Legislators” by The Texas Medical Association.
He has two sons, Michael and Carlos, Jr. He is married to Lleanna Uresti and together they raise two children, Sebastian and Katalina.
Information in this bio was provided by Uresti 's office.
Last updated: Aug. 1, 2017