Letters to the Editor: Kevin de León wants to serve his constituents. So why isn’t he resigning? De León is a member of the Texas House of Representatives representing parts of San Antonio. He was elected in 2014 with nearly 75 percent of the vote. De León is a progressive and Democrat in good standing.
What is the problem? First, the Speaker of the Texas House, Dennis Bonnen, Jr., and the Lt. Governor, Dan Patrick, voted against de León’s appointment to the Commission on the Future of Higher Education. De León had a stellar record as a student, earning a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Louisiana State University and a J.D. from University of Texas Law School. He served as chairman of the Senate State Affairs Committee and the Senate Higher Education Committee.
De León was on the State and Local Government Committee, which has jurisdiction over higher education, and was a member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, the House Committee on Transportation, and the House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection. He supports a balanced budget, tax cuts for the middle class, lower taxes for individuals, and a return to an earned income tax credit.
His first campaign for office was in 2000. He was a candidate for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. This was his first foray into politics. He was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2004 to 2006.
He was a candidate for Congress in a special election in 1992. He was a candidate for District 73. This was his second foray into politics. He was defeated by incumbent Congressman Robert Brady.
De León is a member of the Rotary Club of San Antonio; the American Red Cross; the Lions Club of San Antonio; the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce; the Boy Scouts of America; and the San Antonio Sports Foundation. He is an ordained Roman Catholic Priest.
He is a resident of San Antonio and has lived in San Pedro; La Jara; Converse; and South Side. He has four children.
De León has been married to the former Patricia