Houston Republican and national anti-illegal immigration leader Maria Espinoza filed today as a candidate for Texas’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. John Culberson currently holds the seat.
“Career politicians and Washington bureaucrats are leading America in the wrong direction,” Espinoza said. “We need true conservatives in Congress, people with the boldness to stand for what is right, not just some of the time, but all of the time.”
“I won’t just talk like a conservative during the election season,” Espinoza said. “I am a proven champion for Constitutional governance, individual liberty and the Rule of Law. I have boldly faced down attacks from the Liberal Left, and even Establishment figures in my own party, to speak the truth about the crises facing our country, especially on the issues of border security and immigration.”
“I will take that same strength of conviction to Washington, standing up for our conservative values and American families,” Espinoza said.
Espinoza is the Co-founder and National Director for The Remembrance Project(www.TheRemembranceProject.org), a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation, that advocates for the families of Americans who have been killed by illegal aliens.
On May 7, 2014, she faced down Eric Holder, Obama’s first notorious Attorney General, and in a separate private meeting, she met with U.S. Department to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. Her message: Obama must enforce current laws on immigration to protect American families from the illegal criminal and terrorist invasion across our border.
Both meetings were attended by family members of slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was murdered with a weapon identified as allegedly being from the illegal Obama/Holder “Fast & Furious” gun-running debacle.
In June of this year, in response to the national media’s misrepresentation of Hispanic Americans’ allegiance to America, Maria envisioned and inaugurated a new initiative, America First Latinos (www.AmericaFirstLatinos.org), an organization giving a voice to patriotic, conservative Americans of Latino heritage who favor strict border enforcement.
Maria has appeared before numerous Texas House and Senate Committees and work groups, spoken in many state Capitols and established Remembrance Project affiliates in over 30 states. She is the former President of Eagle Forum – Houston.
A 6th generation Texan on her mother’s side, Espinoza’s father was born in Mexico and legally emigrated to Texas in the mid 1950’s. Espinoza was an All-American Track Star at Abilene Christian University and studied Business Administration. She eventually settled in Houston, starting a career in the legal and real estate fields. She and her husband Tim, a civil engineer, now live in west Houston, and they have three adult children.
Career Politician Opponent
Espinoza’s opponent, John Culberson, has been in Washington since 2001. Culberson has spent virtually his entire adult life in politics, winning election to the Texas State House while he was still a law student, then jumping directly from the Texas Legislature to Congress.
“Culberson is now part of the problem in Washington, not the solution,” Espinoza said. “Fourteen years in Congress is long enough. Conservatives can no longer count on Culberson.”
Culberson’s Conservative Review Liberty Score is 62%, a D-minus rating that Espinoza says is very much deserved.
Espinoza cited Culberson’s absence in the fight on key issues, from runaway spending and debt, to stopping amnesty and sanctuary cities for illegal aliens, to defunding Planned Parenthood. All of these votes are cited on Espinoza’s website,www.MariaforAmerica.com.
“Culberson just isn’t working any more. In fact, last year, he missed the second most votes of any Texas Congressman and was among the bottom ten percent of all members of Congress for missed votes,” Espinoza said.
“It’s time for new energy, fresh commitment and strong conservative values in our Congressman,” Espinoza said. “It’s time for a bold new leader who will fight the tough fights, who will stand up and be counted for our conservative values. That’s the leader I will be.”