Growing up in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley, Alex was born the 6th of 10 children to a farmworker and seamstress in La Feria. The only person in Alex’s family to have healthcare growing up was his little brother, who received SSI for Spinal Bifida. While he died far too young, at age 17, their time together put Alex on a path to public service — one which started in the classroom as a middle- and high school history teacher, to the courtroom as a prosecutor in the Cameron County District Attorney’s office, and ultimately to the Texas Capitol as a State Representative.
Alex first won elected office as Cameron County Commissioner in 2014. It was there he learned how to work with his colleagues, listen to the community, and deliver real results, from street lights in one neighborhood to clean water in another. Alex also built the first inclusive and ADA-accessible park in South Texas —an innovation which became a model for other inclusive parks across the state.
Alex has continued to serve Brownsville and the Rio Grande Valley as State Representative for the last two legislative sessions. He has increased access to education and employment opportunities for veterans, secured a “13th check” for retired teachers during the pandemic, created the Cameron County Flood Control District to protect the community from severe storms, and gained knowledge of state finances and budgeting through his work on the House Appropriations Committee. Alex’s effectiveness and leadership was recognized when he was made Vice Chair of the House Committee on Local & Consent Calendars and the House Committee on Environmental Regulation. He also serves on the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas Advisory Committee and the Texas Infrastructure Resiliency Fund Advisory Committee.
Throughout his time in office, Alex has maintained his own law practice and served on numerous boards and councils in the Rio Grande Valley, including the Brownsville Economic Development Council, CASA of Cameron and Willacy Counties, and Los Diez Education Foundation, which raises scholarship funds for first generation college students. Alex is a graduate of Rice University and the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. He and his wife Jill reside in Brownsville where they are raising their son Tobias.