Voters elected Rafael Anchia in November 2004 as the 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 84th Legislature, Representative Anchia continues 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 maintains a genuine passion for helping people and true empathy for their struggles and aspirations. These qualities are a byproduct of his family background, varied professional training and numerous public, civic and volunteer commitments. During his service in the Legislature, Representative Anchia has worked on legislation to fight crime, improve public safety, protect our environment and improve health coverage for women and children.
Representative Anchia is the son of immigrants from Mexico and Spain who came to this great country in search of the American dream. As a child, he watched his mother work her way through college and was proud when she became a public school teacher. His father, who mainly worked nights, emphasized education and taught him the value of taking pride in honest, hard work. As part of his high-quality public school education in a new-immigrant community, he participated in a “court observer” program that inspired him to become a lawyer and enter public service. Representative Anchia has always viewed educational opportunity and achievement as the gateway to personal and professional fulfillment. Expanding educational opportunities for others is a powerful, driving force underlying his public service.
His high school marks earned him a scholarship to Southern Methodist University, allowing him to triple-major in Latin American Studies, Spanish and Anthropology and graduate with Honors. During college, he attended the Centro Estudiantil Internacional in Madrid, studying Spain’s art, literature, politics and history, and their influence in the Americas. A generous scholarship drew Representative Anchia to Tulane University in New Orleans for his law studies where he concentrated on international and public law. In his legislative advocacy class, he worked on legislation that ultimately became law creating a statewide ombudsman to monitor conditions in Louisiana nursing homes. In law school, Representative Anchia also served as a volunteer advocate for immigrant detainees denied the benefit of counsel.
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 13th largest school district. During his tenure on the Dallas School Board, he served as First Vice President and chaired the Policy and Governance Committee. 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. He is proud that thousands of children in DISD benefit from new, improved classrooms.
In 2003, Representative Anchia received the “Rising Star” award from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas for contributions made to improving the lives of young people in his community. And in 2005, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) honored Representative Anchia as its national “Man of the Year” at its annual conference in Little Rock, Arkansas.
In November 2006, Anchia won unanimous re-election to the Board of Directors, and was chosen Chairman of the Board of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund for a three-year term. NALEO is the leading organization that facilitates full Latino participation in the American political process, from citizenship to public service. The national non-profit is a non-partisan organization whose members include the more than 6,000 Latino elected and appointed officials nationwide.
Anchia also is a member of various professional, civic and charitable organizations, including: the Leadership Dallas Alumni Association, the Dallas Assembly, the SMU Clements Center on Southwest Studies, the Oak Cliff Lions Club, and the Hoblitzelle Foundation.
Representative Anchia is a managing partner in the private equity firm of Civitas Capital, and is Of Counsel for the law firm of Haynes & Boone, where he specializes in corporate 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.
Legislative Honors and Awards:
Texas Monthly – “Rookie of the Year”
Mexican American Legislative Caucus – “Freshman of the Year”
Capitol Inside – “Top Freshman”
Texas Monthly – one of its “Ten Best Legislators.”
North Texas Crime Commission – “Legislative Crime Fighter of the Year”
True Courage Action Network – one of its “Top Five Legislators”
American Jewish Committee – Institute of Human Relations Award
Mexican American Legal and Education Defense Fund – Matt Garcia Public Service Award
Texas Lawyer – one of the Extraordinary Minorities in Texas Law
Public Citizen – “Legislator of the Year”
Appointed to the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission by Speaker Joe Straus
Appointed as Vice-Chair of the Pensions, Investments, and Financial Institutions Committee
Appointed to the Land and Resource Management Committee
Government of Mexico – Ohtli Recognition Award
Appointed to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations by President Barack Obama, an advisory committee to the U.S. Trade Representative.
Clean Air Through Energy Efficiency (CATEE) Conference – Gregg Cooke Award for Excellence in Environmental Leadership
Appointed by Speaker Joe Straus to the Joint Interim Committee to Study the Public School Finance System.
Appointed to the Democratic National Committee by the Senate District Executive Committee of the Texas Democratic Party.
Appointed by Speaker of the House Joe Straus to the Interim Committee on General Revenue Dedicated Accounts.
Hispanic Business Magazine – one of the 50 Most Influential U.S. Hispanics
Appointed as Chair of the International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee
Appointed to the Urban Affairs Committee
Appointed by Speaker Straus to the Border Legislative Conference
Appointed by Democratic National Committee Chair Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to the Democratic National Committee as an at-large member
Dallas Bar Association – Martin Luther King, Jr. Justice Award
Dallas Hispanic Bar Association- La Luz Award
Texas Freedom Network’s Legislative Hero Award
Uplift Champion for Education Award