Personal Profile

Full Name Juan Hinojosa
Nickname "Chuy"
Age 71
Hometown McAllen
Race Hispanic
Occupation Attorney
Education B.S., Pan American University; J.D., Georgetown University

Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa is the Texas State Senator for District 20, first elected in 2002.

He is serving a vice chair of the Finance Committee. He also sits on the Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs, Criminal Justice and Natural Resources & Economic Development committees, as well as the Legislative Budget Board. He has served as chairman of the Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus.

He previously served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1981 to 1991, and again from 1997 to 2002.

As a legislator Hinojosa has been placed on Texas Monthly’s "Top 10 Legislators" list twice for his all-around contributions to the Texas Legislature. He received an “Honorable Mention” from the publication in 2007 for his efforts to reform the Texas Youth Commission.

Hinojosa served his country in the U.S. Marines Corps as a squad leader during the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1968. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas-Pan American and a law degree from Georgetown University.

Following law school Hinojosa returned home to serve as a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Nueces County and as an assistant attorney general for the Office of the Attorney General. In 1980, he began his private practice in McAllen, Texas.

Information in this bio was provided by Hinojosa's office.
Last updated: March 22, 2015.