|Texas State House, District 76|
|2011 - Present|
|January 13, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Jefferson High School|
|Bachelor's||Our Lady of the Lake University|
|J.D.||St. Mary's University|
Gonzalez graduated from Jefferson High School in El Paso, before going to Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio and law school at St. Mary's University, Texas. On graduating law school, she worked at El Paso law firms before joining the El Paso County Attorney's office in 2007 as an Assistant County Attorney.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Gonzalez served on the following committees:
|Texas Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• General Investigating & Ethics|
|• Human Services, Vice-chair|
|• Ways & Means|
|• Transparency in State Agency Operations (Select)|
During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Gonzalez served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:
|Texas Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Human Services|
|• Rules & Resolutions|
|• Ways & Means|
University of Texas investigations
- See also: Wallace Hall impeachment trial
After he was appointed in 2011, University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall began looking into what he believed to be clout scandals within the University of Texas system. Hall investigated the university's forgivable-loans program and admissions policies and preferential treatment to politically-connected individuals. Hall, as an individual citizen, filed a large number of FOIA requests with the University system after his inquiries via his role as a Regent were rebuffed. Hall filed requests of more than 800,000 pages, which some Texas administrators called an unnecessary burden.
An effort was begun in June 2013 to try and impeach Hall from his position as Regent. Some legislators are justifying the impeachment under the grounds that Hall did not disclose several lawsuits that he was involved in when he originally completed his Regent background check. Hall updated Governor Rick Perry's office in April 2013 with the full list. The lack of lawsuit disclosure by Hall is not unique -- more than 9,000 lawsuits were not disclosed by other appointed Texas officials. No unelected official has ever been successfully impeached or removed from office. Governor of Texas Rick Perry's spokesperson said the investigations send a "chilling message" to gubernatorial appointees. He added that the investigation was "extraordinary political theater." Texas state legislators have never previously tried to remove an appointed official. Only two elected officials in the history of Texas have ever been successfully impeached.
Gonzalez is one of the eight members of the Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations, which is overseeing the investigation into a possible impeachment. The committee was formed in 2013, specifically existing to explore the possibility of impeaching Hall. The committee is holding hearings in late 2013 to hear testimony from individuals from the university system.
- Did Hall fail to disclose material information on his application to be a regent?
- Did he reveal information about students that violated their privacy? 
- Did he exceed his role as a regent in requesting massive amounts of information from UT-Austin? 
In November 2013, committee member Trey Martinez Fischer submitted a request indicating a desire to look at Hall's personal computers, iPads and smartphones as part of the investigation. "we must consider forensic examination of the personal or professional electronic communications of the regents in order to ensure compliance with the law," Fischer wrote in a letter to committee attorney Rusty Hardin.
At a November 12, 2013 meeting, the committee issued a subpoena for Hall to appear on December 10. However, legislators quickly rescinded the subpoena, since no meeting was scheduled until December 18. Legislators also voted to issue subpoenas to University of Texas Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa and University of Texas, Austin President Bill Powers to appear at the December 18, 2013 meeting. With no subpoena having yet been issued to Hall, his lawyers sent a letter to the committee asking for clarification. With Francisco Cigarroa and Bill Powers already subpoenaed, Hall's lawyer Allan Van Fleet requested that the committee respond regarding whether it would also subpoena Hall. He said that Hall's lawyers have told him not to appear before the committee without a subpoena. On December 5, 2013, Van Fleet sent a letter to the committee requesting that the co-chairs announce whether Hall would indeed be subpoenaed. Van Fleet's request asked for an answer by the end of the day. In response, committee attorney Rusty Hardin said ""We're not going to adhere to his deadline. He doesn't get to pick the time and place." Van Fleet pointed out that providing two weeks' notice for testimony is the standard to allow individuals to prepare testimony. He added that the letter has "caused confusion about the committee's intentions."
Richard Legon, president of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, criticized the impeachment process in a November interview with the Austin American-Statesman. He called the impeachment process the "nuclear option" and said it could send a chilling signal to other members of higher education boards. Legon suggested that the board should have first been given the opportunity to address Hall's requests. "It’s fine for a board member to seek information through the appropriate path. The first layer of reining in an overly aggressive board member should be the board," he said.
In the news
On March 14, 2013, Gonzalez was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. According to police, Gonzalez was in a car accident at 2 a.m. with one car and a bicycle. On March 18, 2013, Gonzalez apologized during a speech on the House floor. "I want to be clear about this: I made a mistake and I am deeply, deeply sorry for it. I am sorry for the shame I have brought upon this House and my district," she said. Following her speech, legislators applauded and gave her a standing ovation. Gonazlez reportedly has a blood-alcohol level of twice the legal limit. The magazine Texas Monthly named Gonzalez one of the 10 worst legislators in 2013 as a result of her arrest.
A pre-trial proceeding has been set for January 10, 2013.
Gonzalez announced in May 2013 that should would run for re-election in 2014 to the Texas State House.
Gonzalez ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 76. Gonzalez ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election. She was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
Gonzales won election unopposed to the District 76 seat in the general election on November 2, 2010.
| Texas House of Representatives, District 76 |
2010 General election results
|Naomi Gonzales (D)||11,318||100%|
Comprehensive donor information for Gonzalez is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Gonzalez raised a total of $558,364 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 14, 2013.
|Naomi Gonzalez's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Texas State House, District 76||$104,929|
|2010||Texas State House, District 76||$453,435|
|Grand Total Raised||$558,364|
2012Gonzalez won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Gonzalez raised a total of $104,929.
|Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Naomi Gonzalez's campaign in 2012|
|Texans For Lawsuit Reform||$10,360|
|Hunt, Woody L||$10,000|
|Texas Association Of Realtors||$7,500|
|Foster, Paul L||$5,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$104,929|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2010Gonzalez won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Gonzalez raised a total of $453,435.
|Texas House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Naomi Gonzalez's campaign in 2010|
|Texans For Lawsuit Reform||$315,485|
|Hoy Jr, Robert H||$7,500|
|Medical Defense PAC||$3,500|
|Hunt, Woody L||$3,000|
|Texas Energy Association||$2,500|
|Total Raised in 2010||$453,435|
|Source:Follow the Money|
Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index
Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy." Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.
Gonzalez received a score of 22.4 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.
Naomi Gonzalez received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.
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- Rangel: Interesting races could be ahead - Amarillo.com
- Pre-trial hearing set for state rep after Austin DWI arrest - KHOU
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- ↑ "Primary Color: HD-76", The Texas Tribune (18 February 2010). Retrieved on 2010-04-14.
- ↑ American Spectator "Transparency for Thee," October 25, 2013
- ↑ Daily Texas Online "Facing impeachment, Regent Wallace Hall defends actions in debate with Sen. Kirk Watson," September 28, 2013
- ↑ Daily Texas Online "Former UT System vice chancellor alleges Regent Wallace Hall’s ‘clear intent to get rid of Bill Powers’," October 24, 2013
- ↑ Dallas Morning News "UT regent sought 800,000 documents, official says in impeachment hearing," October 22, 2013
- ↑ Texas Tribune "UT Regent Wallace Hall Updates Lawsuit Disclosures," April 30, 2013
- ↑ Real Clear Policy "The Campaign Against Wallace Hall," August 15, 2013
- ↑ Watchdog.org "Case against UT regent Wallace Hall is a sham — here’s proof," September 6, 2013
- ↑ News-Journal "University of Texas regent not worried by impeachment inquiry," September 9, 2013
- ↑ Texas Tribune "Transparency Committee to Mull Impeachment of UT Regent," June 25, 2013
- ↑ Texas Tribune "Perry Blasts Impeachment Probe of Wallace Hall," October 30, 2013
- ↑ Texas Public Radio "UT Regent Wallace Hall Will Testify In Impeachment Hearing," November 13, 2013
- ↑ Texas State House Committees "Transparency in State Agency Operations Committee Members," Accessed October 31, 2013
- ↑ Texas Monthly "Regent Wallace Hall is Another Step Closer to Impeachment," September 17, 2013
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 15.2 Austin American Statesman "Transparency panel begins investigation of UT regent with closed-door session," September 16, 2013
- ↑ Texas Tribune "Lawmaker Eyes Access to UT Regents' Computers," November 4, 2013
- ↑ San Francisco Chronicle "Texas House subpoenas Hall, but then recalls it," November 12, 2013
- ↑ Texas Tribune "UT System Lawyer: Hall May Have Shared Private Info," November 12, 2013
- ↑ Austin American Statesman "UT Regent Wallace Hall might have broken privacy laws, panel members suggest," November 12, 2013
- ↑ Texas Tribune "Committee Recalls Subpoena for UT Regent Hall," November 12, 2013
- ↑ Texas Tribune "Ahead of Hearings, UT Regent Hall Requests Subpoena," December 5, 2013
- ↑ Austin American Statesman "A UT regent impeachment could make other boards cautious, expert says," November 29, 2013
- ↑ YNN "State Rep. Naomi Gonzalez arrested for driving while intoxicated," March 14, 2013
- ↑ Dallas Morning News "Rep. Naomi Gonzalez arrested on DWI charge," March 14, 2013
- ↑ Texas Tribune "El Paso Legislator Arrested on Drunken Driving Charge," March 14, 2013
- ↑ KVIA ABC "State Rep. Naomi Gonzalez apologizes on House floor for her DWI arrest," March 18, 2013
- ↑ Texas Monthly "THE WORST: Representative Naomi Gonzalez," Accessed November 29, 2013
- ↑ KVUE "Pre-trial hearing set for state rep after Austin DWI arrest," November 22, 2013
- ↑ Digital Texan "Suspected felony DWI suspect and State Rep. Naomi Gonzalez will seek re-election," May 17, 2013
- ↑ Texas Democratic Party - Democratic Primary Candidates
- ↑ Official Texas Election Results
- ↑ Results for April 13, 2010 primary in Texas
- ↑ Follow the Money, "Gonzalez, Naomi R," accessed August 14, 2013
- ↑ Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index"
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