César Blanco - Democrat (Incumbent)
Representative César J. Blanco represents District 76 in the Texas House of Representatives covering the heart of El Paso, a part of Fort Bliss Army base, El Paso County’s east and central neighborhoods and a significant portion of the Mission Valley. César serves on the House Committees on Defense and Veteran Affairs, Public Health, and Rules and Resolutions.
A product of El Paso public schools, César followed in a long family tradition serving his country in uniform. As a Missile Stinger Gunner and later as a Military Intelligence Analyst in the United States Navy, César was stationed in various locations, including the Persian Gulf, where he monitored and analyzed maritime activities that posed a threat to national security.
After fulfilling his commitment to the Navy, César earned his degree at UTEP with the help of the G.I. Bill. César’s second career in public service started off by helping veterans receive their rightfully earned benefits working as a Caseworker and Field Representative for Congressman Silvestre Reyes. As César’s experience grew, so did his ability to promote El Paso, as he went on to work as Chief of Staff for two El Paso area Congressmen, Pete Gallego and Ciro Rodriguez, as well as serve as a Congressional Relations Officer for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
César is a vocal advocate for Texas’ economic security by protecting the jobs international trade create and ensuring we educate our growing student population with the skills they need to be competitive in a global economy, including a pathway to higher education and skilled apprenticeship programs. César also understands that increasing access to health care and closing income disparities are essential to keeping the American Dream alive.
César is a member of the American Legion, and the American G.I. Forum Paso Del Norte Chapter. He is a former board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Paso, is an honorary board member of the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation in El Paso, and serves on the Transportation Policy Board of the El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization.
César was raised on the East Side of El Paso. His parents taught him the importance of an education. His mother is a nurse, his sister a teacher in El Paso's Independent School District, and his father, who is a nursing clinical instructor at the University of Texas at El Paso, is also a veteran who served for more than 20 years in the U.S. Navy.
César is currently pursuing his masters in Leadership Studies at UTEP.
Committees: Defense & Veterans' Affairs, Public Health, and Rules & Resolutions