Enrique Barbosa “Henry” González, First Hispanic Representative, Texas

Enrique Barbosa “Henry” González (1916 – 2000) was the first Hispanic Representative elected from Texas.  González took office on November 4, 1961, and served in Congress longer than any other Latino (as of 2017).  His parents emigrated from Mexico, and he was born in San Antonio, Texas.  González studied at the University of Texas and San Antonio College, and earned a law degree at St. Mary’s University School of Law. He fought for his country during World War II.  While serving on the San Antonio City Commission, he spoke out against segregation (a brave act in the 1950s).  In Congress, he attracted national media attention for his courageous and unconventional positions on critical issues.  González retired from Congress in 1998.

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