Carlos I. Uresti
Texas State Senator District 19
“The Blue Ribbon Task Force is dedicated to the idea that every child should get a fair chance at life, free of physical and mental abuse, hunger and neglect. It also recognizes that child protection is a responsibility that everyone in the community must share â€” that in this cause, each child is our own. By providing the information and resources that help make families strong and healthy, the task force and its volunteers look toward the day when all children can live without harm.”
Born and raised in San Antonio in a family with seven siblings, Senator Uresti graduated from McCollum High School and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves at the age of 18. He earned a Bachelorâ€™s degree in Political Science and a Teaching Certificate from St. Maryâ€™s University, and was then commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. Senator Uresti rose to the rank of Captain and earned the Navy Achievement Medal during his four years of active duty as a combat engineer. Since graduating from St. Maryâ€™s University School of Law in 1992, he has been in private practice in San Antonio.
Senator Uresti raised his two sons, Michael and Carlos, Jr. in the same neighborhood in which he spent his formative years. He became a grandfather on July 22, 2008, when Michael and his wife Jennifer welcomed their first baby, Benjamin Michael.
A 1997 special election to the Texas House of Representatives opened the door to state politics for Senator Uresti. He served in the House for nine years and was the chairman of the Committee on Human Services during the 78th Legislature and the Committee on Government Reform during the 79th Legislature. With his reputation as a fighter for children, seniors and veterans, Uresti was elected to the Texas Senate in 2006. He is vice chairman of the Administration Committee, vice chairman of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and sits on the Health and Human Services Committee and the Natural Resources Committee. He has received more than 90 awards and recognitions, including five Legislator of the Year awards for his efforts to combat child abuse.