Our local man in the dome, Senator Gonzalo Barrientos (D), served in the Texas House beginning in 1975 until 1985. That year he won his first seat in the Texas Senate, where he has served ever since. Last year, Barrientos won the first-ever Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas Lifetime Achievement Award. This year, he won the Texas Public Employees Association Lifetime Achievement Award. And we don't mind adding our little prize to the pile, as our District 14 dude takes props from our readers as well.
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