Voters elected Rafael Anchia in November 2004 as the State Representative of House District 103 in the Texas House of Representatives. District 103 covers a western corridor of Dallas, including parts of North Oak Cliff, West Dallas, Arlington Park, Love Field, North Park and portions of the cities of Irving and Farmers Branch.
In the 85th Legislature, Representative Anchia continued to serve as the Chair of the House Committee on International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs and as a member of the Committee on Energy Resources. In November 2009, Speaker Joe Straus appointed Representative Anchia to the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, to which he served on through January 2013.
On July 1, 2011, Representative Anchia was appointed to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations by President Barack Obama. This Committee advises the U.S. Trade Representative.
Representative Anchia began his public service at the local level where he was twice elected to the Board of Trustees of the Dallas Independent School District – the nation’s 12th largest. During his tenure as a Trustee, he helped lead the successful effort of the Dallas ISD to win public approval of a $1.37 billion school bond package.
Representative Anchia is a co-founder and Managing Director of Civitas Capital Group, as well as of counsel to Haynes & Boone Law Firm in Dallas. He specializes in public and corporate finance.