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Meet the Candidate: Gina Hinojosa
Hinojosa stands as the most high-profile establishment candidate among the HD 49 contenders
News Story  February 4, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...It's no secret that the next legislative session will be dominated by public school finance. Austin ISD trustee Gina Hinojosa hopes Austin voters know that, and that the education vote will push her over the line in the House District 49 Democratic primary...."

Texas House: Establishment Rules
Hinojosa and Workman fend off challengers
News Story  March 3, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...AISD trustee Gina Hinojosa beat the odds and avoided a run-off in the seven-way primary to replace retiring incumbent Rep. Elliott Naishtat..."

High School Stakes
Austin ISD election could shape a new direction for the district
News Story  October 5, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Board President Mark Williams is stepping down from his Central and West Austin seat, triggering a fight between District Advisory Coun­cil member Amber Elenz and local activist Charlie Jackson. Williams' exit is as big a surprise as that of at-large member Annette LoVoi, which sparks a contest between civil rights attorney Gina Hinojosa and Sooch Foundation Executive Director Mary Ellen Pietruszynski..."

After Carstarphen, What Then?
Austin ISD enters a new era, searching for a road map
News Story  April 18, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...But this time, they all seem to endorse the idea that the best thing is for her to leave Austin. Speaking diplomatically, AISD Trustee Gina Hinojosa suggested that Georgia may just be a better fit for her at this time..."

A Legislative Session Just for Dan Patrick
How much can go wrong in 30 days?
News Story  June 15, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...Three weeks ago, local Democratic Rep. Gina Hinojosa had just finished with her first session..."

The Return of the Lege
State’s 85th Legislature already a battle of House and Senate
News Story  January 5, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...Elliott Naishtat, the Democrat who has represented Austin in the Legislature since 1990 and served as a defining voice on the Health & Human Services Committee. His HD 49 replacement, former AISD board president Gina Hinojosa, hits the ground running..."

AISD Hunts Chief and Trustees
Superintendent Search and Board Campaigns Continue
News Story  September 11, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...20. According to Trustee Gina Hinojosa, there were two reasons for the postponement..."

Meet the Candidate: Huey Rey Fischer
Fischer has spent time working under the Capitol dome for a trio of Dem legislators
News Story  January 28, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...Starting under Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAl­len, he parlayed that into a position in the office of Rep..."

Elliott Naishtat Retiring, Dems Brace for Primary
Update: six candidates already filed to replace veteran rep
DAILY News  December 10, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...That meant that, before Naishtat filed, there was a list of names lining up to potentially take his place: Council Member and former state rep Ann Kitchen; AISD Board President Gina Hinojosa; former Congressional staffer Katie Naranjo; and former Rodriguez staffer Huey Rey Fischer (he resigned this morning)...."

An 'Open' Search for AISD Chief
Timetable to allow stakeholder input
News Story  July 3, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...The challenge for the board was to balance out the need to get a permanent leader as soon as possible with the necessity to get as much community input as possible. Board Vice President Gina Hinojosa said, "Speaking for myself, I rely so much on expertise and information I get in the community, and I don't see this being any different."..."

Nov. 6 Elections: The 'Chronicle' Endorsements
News Story  October 19, 2012
"...Amber Elenz is a highly experienced advocate for campuses and has an understanding of the dynamics of the district, and we believe she'll remain a force for progress within AISD, on or off the board. Charlie Jackson may be newer to AISD politics, but he brings a combination of business community experience and progressive social activism that presents an opportunity for increased accountability and a new policy emphasis on social justice, one that we believe will best suit the current needs of the board. At-Large Place 8: Gina Hinojosa..."

AISD Board Elections Already Heating Up
Two challengers line up for Annette LoVoi's spot on the district's board of trustees
News Story  June 8, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...However, it is At-Large Position 8, currently held by Annette LoVoi, that is already gathering interest. Two candidates – civil rights lawyer Gina Hinojosa and Sooch Foundation Executive Director Mary Ellen Pietruszynski – have announced their intention to run when filing opens on July 21..."

AISD: Insurgents and Ed Austin Win 3 of 4
Hinojosa won by the biggest margin
News Story  November 9, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...The biggest win on the EA slate was undoubtedly Gina Hinojosa, the civil rights lawyer who defeated Mary Ellen Pietruszynski by more than 50,000 votes to take the at-large place 8 seat with 69%. Sooch Foundation Executive Director Pietruszynski had received big cash injections from her boss, Nav Sooch, and his co-founders of Silicon Labs, but she apparently could not defeat the perception that she would simply rubber-stamp proposals from embattled Superintendent Meria Carstarphen...."

State Lege: Same, Same, but Different
We could have told you in advance, not much change happening at state level
News Story  November 10, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa still praised the gains and made a not-so-subtle gesture to potential Republican fractures: "I know the outstanding Demo­cratic leaders elected tonight will get the job done, and I know they are ready to work with any Republican who is serious about moving our state forward."..."

Chronicle Endorsements
News Story  February 11, 2016
"...State Rep. District 49: Gina Hinojosa No one can really replace Elliott Naishtat..."

Splitting the Baby
AISD votes to buy two plots of land
News Story  December 17, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...During the board session on Dec. 14, outgoing President Gina Hinojosa gave an update on the latest development in the long-running process..."

New Direction for New AISD Board?
New members are sworn in Nov. 19
News Story  November 16, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Four new members – At-Large Place 8 member Gina Hinojosa, the Rev. Jayme Mathias in District 2, Ann Teich in District 3, and Amber Elenz in District 5 – will join the board Nov..."

State Capitol Sexual Abuse Policies Remain a Work in Progress
After flood of allegations, House and Senate pressed to revise rules
News Story  December 21, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...While the Texas Constitution allows each chamber to "punish members for disorderly conduct," and expel a member with a two-thirds vote, that option is not explicitly noted in the updated policies. Hinojosa, who has a background in employment discrimination law, notes that legislators could also face civil liability (under Chapter 21 of the Texas Labor Code) and monetary sanctions for sexual harassment..."

Abbott and His Armed Militia
The governor needs his muscle
News Story  July 20, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...Greg Abbott hire an armed paramilitary group to run security on a recent campaign stop? That's what Rep. Gina Hinojosa, D-Austin, is trying to find out through two open records requests..."

Lege Lines: Left in the Dark
Who knew about the ICE raids this weekend? Not your state reps.
News Story  February 16, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...Hino­josa said that there had been a trickle of calls about ICE operations for the last two weeks, but no one at the city or state level could confirm anything until Friday – and even then it was all secondhand reporting without direct acknowledgment from ICE. Hinojosa said during previous operations "we've always maintained communication," and that "the fact that none of our local officials or law enforcement, no one, knew what was going on" with last week's raids "is further destabilizing." [inset-1-right]..."

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