Press Release For Immediate Release
Contact: (512)-463-0638
July 9, 2015

El Paso, Texas – State Representative Marisa Márquez (D-El Paso) today announced her

retirement from the Texas House of Representatives. First elected in 2008 and preceded by

former State Representative Paul Moreno, Márquez’s tenure was marked by successes in

increasing government transparency, historical funding for Texas Tech and UTEP, statewide

reform for housing and development and key reforms in criminal and juvenile justice.

“I accomplished a lot over these past eight years.  This session, as the first El Paso woman and

second El Pasoan since 1959 appointed to the Appropriations Education Subcommittee, I secured

historical funding for El Paso of which I am very proud. My vital role in the budget process has

awarded me an invaluable opportunity to bring wonderful things to El Paso, namely a brand new

visitor center and pharmacy school, which will benefit many El Pasoans beyond my tenure. For

this I am grateful and feel it is time to allow someone new to continue building upon these

accomplishments,” Márquez said.

“Though my public service is ending, I plan to remain very active in Texas politics,” stated

Márquez, “I am truly grateful to the many people who have worked with me on the passage of

important legislation for our area and to my constituency for their support over the last eight


Texas House District 77 is the most diverse House district in El Paso County, encompassing parts

of the Northeast, Westside, Downtown and Southside as well as Central El Paso. Within the

district are two international bridges, the University of Texas at El Paso, portions of the

Chamizal, Southwest University Park and numerous historic downtown buildings.

Márquez will continue to serve until her term expires in January of 2017. The election to replace

Márquez will be held during the 2016 March Primary and General Elections.

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