Gonzalez-Toureilles recently announced

Staff report, The Premont Journal

State Rep. Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles (D-Alice, Dist. 35) announced her candidacy for re-election Thursday, Oct. 11, amongst a crowd of supporters.

Toureilles was surrounded by family, friends and elected officials from District 35 including State Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa.

"When I asked for your vote three years ago, I promised I would put my experience and education to work for you in the Texas House of Representatives," Toureilles said.

"I have done my best to work hard, be accessible at all times, and serve you with honor. I have kept my word and I ask you once again for your vote and continued support to allow me to keep working to make District 35 better for your family and mine."

Toureilles was first elected in November 2004 to represent District 35, encompassing Atascosa, Bee, Goliad, Jim Wells, Karnes, Live Oak and McMullen counties.

She currently serves on the House Committees for Energy Resources and Juvenile Justice and Family Issues. In order to best serve the unique needs of District 35, Toureilles is also a member of the House Democratic Caucus, Rural Caucus, the Women's Health Caucus and the Mexican American Legislative Caucus.

Toureilles says she has been instrumental in the legislative process and passed several key pieces of legislation including bills that protect the property and water rights of landowners during the exploration process of uranium, create an accreditation process for counselors of family violence offenders and increase the hazardous duty pay for correctional officers as well as remove the cap on this pay for DPS officers.

Toureilles is married to her high school sweetheart, Marc Toureilles, and has two children, Genevieve and Christopher. She resides in Alice with her family where she practices family law with the Law Offices of Baldemar Gutierrez.