A champion for El Pasoans and border communities across our country
Veronica Escobar ran for Congress in Texas’ 16th Congressional District to fight for El Paso’s working families and to give border communities a new champion in Washington. She has more than a decade of experience as a public servant, most recently serving in her second term as El Paso County judge after completing one term as a county commissioner. A proud third-generation El Pasoan, Veronica grew up knowing the value of hard work through her childhood on the family dairy farm. After finishing graduate school, she returned to her community to teach freshman English and Chicano literature at the University of Texas at El Paso and El Paso Community College. Talk of a wall being built on the border motivated Veronica to join in the advocacy efforts of the Border Rights Coalition in addition to her work as an educator, and she eventually became co-chair of the coalition. In 2006, she won her first campaign and took office as an El Paso County commissioner before being elected county judge in 2010. Veronica has worked tirelessly to increase economic opportunity and the quality of life in El Paso, and to expand access to health care and transportation. She and her husband live in El Paso, the community where they raised their two college-aged children.
An experienced leader fighting to increase economic opportunity
Veronica was raised by hardworking Mexican American parents in El Paso, and she is a fierce advocate for all women and families in our country’s many dynamic border communities. Veronica was part of local leadership that championed dramatic downtown revitalization efforts as well as pushed health care as a local economic development engine that transformed the local economy. During her time as county judge, she successfully fought to build El Paso’s first children’s hospital, extended health care benefits to the domestic partners of LGBTQ county employees, and helped pass a resolution denouncing Texas’ discriminatory “bathroom bill” targeting transgender students. In Congress, Veronica will fight tirelessly to expand economic and educational opportunities for all, and she will be the champion the most vulnerable Texans need. Veronica is a powerful advocate for commonsense immigration reforms that grow our economy and keep families together. She has spoken out against the Trump administration’s cruel, anti-American agenda that threatens the security and futures of hardworking immigrants, and she will fight tirelessly on their behalf in Congress.
An historic victory that gives Latinas a new voice in the halls of power
Veronica ran a successful grassroots campaign for the open seat vacated by Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke when he ran for the U.S. Senate. The Lone Star State is home to millions of Latinas, but the state had never before elected a Latina to Congress until Veronica's historic victory. She’s fighting tirelessly for the Texans whose voices aren’t being heard in Washington. The EMILY’s List community is proud to support this champion for working families as she gives Latinas a new voice in the halls of power.