Celia Israel - Democrat (Incumbent)
Celia Israel was elected to the Texas Legislature in January 2014 in a special election to represent House District 50. She serves on the House Transportation and Elections Committees, as well as the Transportation Sub-Committee on Long-Term Infrastructure and Planning. She is also a member of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, The Women's Health Caucus, and the Legislative Study Group.
Celia is the owner of Mission Resources and a real estate agent with Home and Hearth Realty. Raised in El Paso, Texas, she moved to the Austin area in 1982 to attend the University Texas at Austin. After graduating with a degree in Government, Celia served in Gov. Ann Richards's administration, tasked with recruiting the best and brightest to public service.
Since then, Celia has been extremely involved in the community. She served on the boards of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Alliance for Public Transportation. She was a member of both the Corridor Task Force and Mobility 35, both of which focus on Central Texas transportation solutions. She's tackled issues from Central Texas growth to school safety, and led at the community level to empower young girls as a Board member of GEN Austin.
In her first term in the Legislature, Celia was named Freshman of the Year from the Legislative Study Group and a Champion of Equality from Equality Texas. She lives with her long-time partner, Celinda Garza, in Northeast Travis County.
Committees: Elections, Transportation, Transportation Sub Committee on Longterm Infrastructure planning
Cash On Hand: $64,282.06