Fair Representation in Texas?
What We Can Learn from the
California Citizens Redistricting Commission
Rep. Rafael Anchia
Chair, International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, Texas House of Representatives
Vice-Chair, California Citizens Redistricting Commission
Ten years ago, the citizens of California voted to create an independent redistricting commission to take the politics out of redrawing district lines. The California experiment has worked well and has become a model for other states considering making the redistricting process more fair. Join us for an informative presentation by the vice-chair of the Commission on "Fair Representation - Democracy at Work" and how it might work in Texas.
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Rep. Rafael Anchia
Rafael Anchia is currently serving his seventh term in the Texas Legislature and represents a western corridor of Dallas County, including parts of Dallas, Farmers Branch and Irving. Before serving in the Texas House, he was twice elected to serve as a Trustee for Dallas Independent School District.
For the past three legislative sessions, Rep. Anchia has been named Chair of the International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee. From 2011-2015, he served President Barack Obama as an appointee to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations which advises the White House and U.S. Trade Representative on trade and investment agreements. Most recently, Rep. Anchia was elected by his peers as Chair of the Mexican-American Legislative Caucus, the oldest and largest Latino caucus in the United States.
Rep. Anchia graduated cum laude from Southern Methodist University and served as Senior Fellow at Tulane University Law School. He has dedicated his public service to fighting for civil rights and public education, protecting the environment and improving access to healthcare for women and children.
Rep. Anchia is a Managing Director in the international real estate private equity firm, Civitas Capital Management, and is Of Counsel at the largest law firm in Dallas, Haynes & Boone, where he specializes in corporate and public finance. Most importantly, he lives in beautiful North Oak Cliff, is blessed with two exceptional daughters, and worships with the Catholic Campus Community at SMU.
Connie Malloy has been a proud Californian since 1996, when she worked at the United Way in Riverside, CA, to put herself through school. As the child of a minister's family, she grew up in the South, Midwest, and Pacific Northwest regions of the United States. Connie's upbringing taught her how differences in one's physical environment, and access to resources and power, shape communities and individuals. This lens inspired her to pursue a career in urban planning and philanthropy.
In 2012, Connie joined The James Irvine Foundation, a private, nonpartisan grantmaking foundation focused on expanding opportunity for working Californians. She serves as Portfolio Director and brings extensive nonprofit leadership experience to that role. Connie also served as a U.S. Peace Corps business development volunteer in Bolivia, and as a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Fellow in California.
Connie earned her master's degree in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor's degree in communications and Spanish from La Sierra University. Commissioner Galambos-Malloy has no party preference and lives in Pasadena, CA.
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