Terry Canales was born in Hidalgo County and is a native of South Texas. He was initially elected to the House of Representatives in 2012 to represent District 40, which encompasses the heart of Hidalgo County. The cities within District 40 include Edinburg (Hidalgo County Seat), Elsa, North Pharr, San Carlos, La Blanca, Faysville, and portions of McAllen and Weslaco.
Rep. Canales is a passionate advocate for education, always striving to ensure that our children are seen as an investment and not an expense. He holds a deep-rooted belief that education is the cornerstone of society and a great equalizer. His views on education are undoubtedly a result of his family background, his professional training, and his sincere desire to ensure that all children have the opportunity to succeed. As the son of a former schoolteacher, he was immersed in the inner workings of the public education system early on.
Having grown up in the heart of South Texas, Rep. Canales worked in the oil fields as a roustabout and backhoe operator, giving him great insight into the oil and gas industry. As an attorney who has represented clients involved in oil and gas litigation, mineral disputes, and oil field accidents, he not only knows the law surrounding the industry, but he is also aware of its importance to the Texas economy, the job market, and the thousands of families who depend on it. "Texas is blessed as a mineral-rich state, but we must harvest those minerals from the earth in a responsible manner, so as not to pollute our precious water tables and delicate ecosystem."
He is a general practitioner with a distinguished trial record and a reputation for zealously advocating for his clients. He specializes in Oil and Gas litigation, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Family Law, Real Estate, and Municipal Law. Having represented thousands of clients and multiple municipalities, he is on the forefront of many issues that affect all Texans. Rep. Canales says being an attorney counselor at law is extremely rewarding. "Helping people is what the practice of law is all about, and pro bono work is the staple of every successful practice."
Most importantly, Rep. Canales is married to Erica E. Canales, and is the father of Terry Andres, Caleb, and the stepfather of Juliana Figueroa. They live in Edinburg, Texas, where Juliana attends school, and Baby Terry will soon begin pre-school. "Being a father is by far the most daunting challenge I have ever encountered...most anyone can raise a child, but raising them right, so that they are productive, self-sufficient, contributing members of society is the real goal," Canales says. The couple is expecting twins who will be born during the legislative session this May, otherwise known in the Texas Capitol as "Session Babies."
Committees: Criminal Jurisprudence, Energy Resources
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