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

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa proudly represents District 20. He attended Mission ISD schools in the Rio Grande Valley as a child and worked as a farm worker during his teen years. He led the Mission Eagles football team as their quarterback, and after graduating, Hinojosa volunteered to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps.

In Vietnam, Hinojosa served his country with distinction before returning home to continue his education. Hinojosa graduated with honors from the University of Texas-Pan American and completed law school at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

After returning to South Texas, Hinojosa served as staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Nueces County and later as an Assistant Attorney General for the Texas Attorney General. In 1980, Hinojosa began his own private practice in McAllen, where he continues to represent clients in both civil and criminal matters.

Senator Hinojosa was elected to the Texas Senate in 2002 after serving in the Texas House for many years. He is Vice-Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, a member of the Natural Resources & Economic Development Committee; the Transportation Committee; and the Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs Committee. He is also a member of the Sunset Advisory Commission.

Senator Hinojosa was named "Top Ten Best Legislators" for 2013 by Texas Monthly magazine, making it his third time to receive the prestigious honor. He was also named "Top Ten Legislator for 2013" by Capitol Inside for the third time as well.

Information in this bio was provided by Hinojosa's office.
Last updated: Aug. 28, 2017