About Representative Richard Peña Raymond
Richard Peña Raymond is the State Representative for the 42nd District in Texas.
Representative Raymond was born in Alice, Texas and raised in Benavides Texas. He became involved in politics at a very young age fighting political corruption in his home county of Duval. Before being elected to the Texas Legislature, he worked for United States Senators Lloyd Bentsen from Texas and Paul Simon from Illinois. He further gained experience in Texas government working for Texas Land Commissioner Garry Mauro and Texas Railroad Commissioner Bob Krueger.
In 1992, Raymond first ran for and was elected to the Texas House of Representatives, to represent seven rural South Texas counties.
After serving in the Texas House for 6 years, he then ran for Texas Land Commissioner. Two years later, Raymond was again elected to the Texas House of Representatives, this time by the voters of Laredo, Texas and has continuously served in the House since.
Currently serving on the State Affairs Committee and the Agriculture Committee, Rep. Raymond served as Chairman of the House Human Services Committee for seven years, and has been a member of experience with the Ways & Means Committee and HHSC Transition Legislation Oversight Committee.
Representative Raymond has authored and passed many bills during his career regarding job creation, higher education, transportation, health care and public safety. He authored and helped pass the bill that placed the words “In God We Trust” in the Texas House of Representatives Chamber and on Texas License plates.
Representative Raymond received a Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and his Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law. He is a lifelong and die hard Dallas Cowboys and Texas Longhorns fan!