|State Representative Marisa Marquez|
State Representative Marisa Marquez (D), District 77 (El Paso) will sit down with the Backgate to answer questions about Texas criminal justice policy and questions regarding our Texas prisons. If you have a question that you would like Ms. Marquez to address, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. We may present it to her as part of the interview.
Representative Marisa Marquez was elected to represent HD-77 in 2008. A community relations manager for Texas Community Care and teacher of theology at the Tepeyac Institute under the Diocese of El Paso, she was elected by the Legislative Study Group House Caucus as the ex officio board member to represent the freshman class on the LSG board, and as such is the only freshman on the LSG Executive Committee. She is also a member of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus and sits on the House Corrections, County Affairs, and Rules & Resolutions committees.
Marquez attended El Paso schools and graduated as valedictorian from Faith Christian Academy in 1996. She earned her bachelor's degree in Business Administration in Finance and Business Economics in 2000 from University of Notre Dame.
In 2000 Marquez returned to El Paso as an Americorps VISTA Volunteer for the non-profit agency, ACCION-Texas. She completed a year of service and subsequently became a grants administrator for the El Paso Empowerment Zone Corporation in 2001. In 2002, she returned to the University of Notre Dame to continue her higher education and received a master's degree in Theology in 2004.