Personal Profile

Full Name Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles
Age 47
Race Hispanic
Occupation Attorney
Education B.A., University of Texas at Austin; J.D., University of Texas at Austin.
Spouse: Marco Sanchez

Representative Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles was first elected to represent HD-35 in 2004. She currently serves as the chairwoman of the House Committee for Agriculture and Livestock and is the first female and second Hispanic to occupy this position.

Gonzalez Toureilles is also a member of the Committee on Energy Resources and holds memberships on the House Democratic Caucus, the Women's Health Caucus and the Mexican-American Legislative Caucus. She also serves as the vice chairwoman of the Rural Caucus.

Gonzalez Toureilles graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French. Later, she enrolled in the University of Texas School of Law and received her Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 1996. After law school she worked for the State of Texas as a researcher at the Texas House of Representatives and as an assistant attorney general.

She has been recognized as "Freshman of the Year: by the House Democratic Caucus and cites as her public-service accomplishments passing legislation that protects the property and water rights of landowners during the exploration process of uranium, created an accreditation process for counselors of family-violence offenders and increased the hazardous duty pay for correctional officers.

Gonzalez Toureilles is a member of the Alice Counseling Center, the Brush Country Cattlewomen's Association, Community Action, Inc., the Texas Democratic Women Association, the Coastal Bend Women Lawyers Association and the Coastal Bend Bar Association.

She has also led fundraising efforts on behalf of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, the Boys and Girls Club and the March of Dimes Walk for Life. She was also appointed to the Permanent Judicial Commission for Children and Families.

During the 79th Texas Legislature she gave birth to her second child, Christopher John Marc, and become the first state representative to give birth during a regular session. She is married to Marc Toureilles, has a daughter named Genevieve and resides in Alice with her family.