Press Release For Immediate Release
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.