Maria Luisa Alvarado
|Former candidate for|
|Lieutenant Governor of Texas|
|High school||Memorial High School (1974)|
|Bachelor's||University of Texas at San Antonio (1988)|
|Service/branch||U.S. Air Force|
|Years of service||1974-1980|
|Birthday||June 22, 1956|
|Place of birth||San Antonio, Texas|
Alvarado graduated from high school in 1974, and then spent six years enrolled in the U.S. Air Force. She then joined the Air National Guard and returned to school. She received her B.S. in Sociology from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1988. Alvarado then began working on various research for social and health projects. In 2006, she won the Democratic Party nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Texas. However, she was defeated in the general election.
- "I am inspired to run for Congress because I will not surrender on the American Dream. What does it mean to want to preserve the notion of the American Dream? To me, the idea is that someone like myself could be born to a low-income American family of 12 children and each still manages to escape a life of poverty. It means that even though I attended schools in the poorest school district of an urban city, I could still graduate from high school and serve in the U.S. Armed Services. I want to work to ensure that what measure of success I have had in my life is available to any American to achieve and exceed."
Alvarado announced her intention to run for election to the office of Lieutenant Governor of Texas in 2014. However, she did not file by the December 9, 2013 deadline. The general election took place November 4, 2014.
Alvarado ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Texas' 35th District. She was defeated by incumbent Lloyd Doggett in the Democratic primary on May 29, 2012. Politico listed the 35th District race as one of the five primaries to watch in 2012.
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