FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Liz Zornes
November 16, 2015
Anchia Files for Re-Election
Representative Aims to Continue Advocating for State and Region
DALLAS –State Representative Rafael Anchia announced today his intention to run for a seventh term in the Texas House of Representatives for District 103 which spans a western corridor of Dallas County, including parts of Dallas, Irving, and Farmers Branch. Anchia’s experience as an effective Chairman for the Committee on International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs, coupled with his being thirty-seven in seniority in the House, proves that he is an invaluable asset, given that the North Texas delegation and Texas House has recently experienced a significant turnover.
While advocating for the Dallas business community and maintaining his standing as a champion of core Democratic values, Representative Anchia has added to his portfolio, which includes a track record of heavy lifting on issues of statewide importance.
Vowing to press ahead with the legislative agenda and issues that he pursued with notable success since being elected to the Texas House in 2004, Anchia said, “If given the privilege to serve in the 85th Legislature, I’ll continue to fight for the issues that are important to our families – jobs, a cleaner environment, safer neighborhoods, and an infrastructure for the Texas of the future. My seniority and institutional knowledge will continue to add value for the constituents of District 103, the City of Dallas, and the State of Texas.”
During the 83rd and 84th Sessions Representative Anchia was appointed by House Speaker Joe Straus to serve as Chair of the International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee. During those two sessions he held hearings on issues such as climate change, border crossings, trade-related transportation issues, transnational labor flows and international energy and investment.
Beginning in the spring of 2016, Representative Anchia will hold hearings on interim charges dealing with the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, the vulnerabilities in Texas’ trade infrastructure due to the threat of extreme weather events and natural disasters, the Mexican energy transformation and its effect on the Texas economy, and the decline in domestic manufacturing caused by steady increases in net imports.
In addition to being named “Rookie of the Year” for the 79th Session and one of the 80th Session’s “Ten Best” legislators by Texas Monthly, Representative Rafael Anchia was named “Legislative Crime Fighter of the Year” in 2007 by the North Texas Crime Commission, “Legislator of the Year” by Public Citizen in 2009 and was appointed to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations by President Barack Obama in the summer of 2011.