Tribpedia: José Menéndez

Martinez Fischer, Menéndez Meet Again

State. Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer (l) and state Sen. José Menéndez
State. Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer (l) and state Sen. José Menéndez

On major issues there's little daylight between San Antonio Democrats Trey Martinez Fischer and José Menéndez, but their rematch for a Texas Senate seat couldn't produce a greater divergence of styles. Martinez Fischer is a master parliamentary tactician not given to compromise, while Menéndez says his personality is better suited to the upper chamber.

Delicia Herrera (left), a former member of the San Antonio City Council, and former Bexar County prosecutor Ina Minjarez (right) are on the ballot Tuesday in the runoff to replace Jose Menendez, now a state senator. The San Antonio Democrat vacated his seat in House District 124.
Delicia Herrera (left), a former member of the San Antonio City Council, and former Bexar County prosecutor Ina Minjarez (right) are on the ballot Tuesday in the runoff to replace Jose Menendez, now a state senator. The San Antonio Democrat vacated his seat in House District 124.

Minjarez Wins Runoff for Last Vacancy in Legislature

Former Bexar County prosecutor Ina Minjarez is set to become the next representative from House District 124.

Delicia Herrera (left), a former member of the San Antonio City Council, and former Bexar County prosecutor Ina Minjarez (right) are on the ballot Tuesday in the runoff to replace Jose Menendez, now a state senator. The San Antonio Democrat vacated his seat in House District 124.
Delicia Herrera (left), a former member of the San Antonio City Council, and former Bexar County prosecutor Ina Minjarez (right) are on the ballot Tuesday in the runoff to replace Jose Menendez, now a state senator. The San Antonio Democrat vacated his seat in House District 124.

Two Democrats Face Off For Last House Seat

Voters head to the polls Tuesday in Bexar County to chose between two Democrats in the second round of the race to replace former state Rep. Jose Menéndez, D-San Antonio.

Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek asks questions during the first public hearing of the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response at the Texas Capitol on Oct. 23, 2014.
Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek asks questions during the first public hearing of the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response at the Texas Capitol on Oct. 23, 2014.

The Brief: April 3, 2015

A state auditor's report that looked into the controversial no-bid fraud detection software contract awarded to the technology firm 21CT revealed "operational defects" in how the state's health and human services agency awards contracts.

State Rep. John Otto, R-Dayton, carries literature laying out House Bill 1 as he prepares to discuss the appropriations bill on the House floor March 31, 2015.
State Rep. John Otto, R-Dayton, carries literature laying out House Bill 1 as he prepares to discuss the appropriations bill on the House floor March 31, 2015.

The Brief: April 1, 2015

It took more than 17 hours, but the House gave preliminary OK to a budget. Anticipated fights over vouchers and in-state tuition for undocumented students failed to materialize.

State Reps. José Menéndez (left) and Trey Martinez Fischer, both Democrats from San Antonio, are seeking the Texas Senate seat vacated by Leticia Van de Putte, who is running for mayor of San Antonio.
State Reps. José Menéndez (left) and Trey Martinez Fischer, both Democrats from San Antonio, are seeking the Texas Senate seat vacated by Leticia Van de Putte, who is running for mayor of San Antonio.

Analysis: The "GOP" Strikes Back

State Rep. José Menéndez, D-San Antonio, is on his way to the Texas Senate, thanks in part to the "gringos y otros pendejos" derided last summer by his opponent and House colleague, Trey Martinez Fischer.

Attorney General Greg Abbott indicates his willingness to sue President Obama on immigration during a press conference Nov. 24, 2014.
Attorney General Greg Abbott indicates his willingness to sue President Obama on immigration during a press conference Nov. 24, 2014.

The Brief: Feb. 17, 2015

A Brownsville federal judge dropped a late-night legal bombshell Monday night, halting President Obama's executive action on immigration.

State Reps. José Menéndez (left) and Trey Martinez Fischer, both Democrats from San Antonio, are seeking the Texas Senate seat vacated by Leticia Van de Putte, who is running for mayor of San Antonio.
State Reps. José Menéndez (left) and Trey Martinez Fischer, both Democrats from San Antonio, are seeking the Texas Senate seat vacated by Leticia Van de Putte, who is running for mayor of San Antonio.

The Brief: Feb. 16, 2015

Bipartisan appears to be a dirty word in a couple of the special election contests set to be finally decided on Tuesday.

Campaign signs outside a polling place at Zilker Elementary School in Austin on March 4, 2014.
Campaign signs outside a polling place at Zilker Elementary School in Austin on March 4, 2014.

The Brief: Jan. 5, 2015

Three special elections are on tap for Tuesday, including two contests to find replacements for a pair of San Antonio Democrats who have opted to run for mayor.

State Reps. José Menéndez (left) and Trey Martinez Fischer, both Democrats from San Antonio, are seeking the Texas Senate seat vacated by Leticia Van de Putte, who is running for mayor of San Antonio.
State Reps. José Menéndez (left) and Trey Martinez Fischer, both Democrats from San Antonio, are seeking the Texas Senate seat vacated by Leticia Van de Putte, who is running for mayor of San Antonio.

San Antonio Mayor's Race Could Spark Political Shuffle

State Reps. Trey Martinez Fischer and José Menéndez both said Monday they will consider running for Leticia Van de Putte’s seat in the Texas Senate if she leaves it behind for the top spot in San Antonio.

The nine University of Texas System presidents led by UT-Austin President Bill Powers appear at the committee meeting on May 14, 2014.
The nine University of Texas System presidents led by UT-Austin President Bill Powers appear at the committee meeting on May 14, 2014.

The Brief: July 7, 2014

University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers has asked for a chance at a "graceful" departure from his post after next year's legislative session.

Trading Places

Texas, that famous bastion of conservatism, has become a leading exporter of agricultural products to communist Cuba — second only to Louisiana among the 50 states.