|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Texas's 16th district
January 3, 2019
|County Judge of El Paso County|
January 1, 2011 - October 10, 2017
|Born||September 15, 1969|
El Paso, Texas, U.S.
|Education||University of Texas at El Paso (BA)|
New York University (MA)
Veronica Escobar (born September 15, 1969) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Texas's 16th congressional district since 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, she served as an El Paso County Commissioner from 2007 to 2011 and the El Paso County Judge from 2011 until 2017.
Escobar is a native of El Paso, Texas, where she was born in 1969. She grew up near her family's dairy farm with her parents and four brothers. Escobar attended Loretto Academy and Burges High School, before getting her bachelor's degree at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and her master's degree from New York University.
Escobar worked as a nonprofit executive and as Raymond Caballero's communications director when he was mayor of El Paso. When Caballero failed to get reelected, Escobar--along with Susie Byrd, attorney Steve Ortega and businessman Beto O'Rourke--considered entering public service; they started to discuss grassroots strategies with the goals of improving urban planning, creating a more diversified economy with more highly skilled jobs, as well as ending systemic corruption among city leadership.
Escobar was elected as a County Commissioner of El Paso County in 2006 and as the County Judge of El Paso County in 2010. O'Rourke, Byrd and Ortega also all ran for office and won; they came to be collectively referred to as "The Progressives." She also taught English and Chicano literature at UTEP and El Paso Community College.
Escobar resigned from office in August 2017 to run full-time in the 2018 election to succeed Beto O'Rourke in the United States House of Representatives for Texas's 16th congressional district. As the district is a solidly Democratic, majority-Hispanic district, whoever won the Democratic primary would be heavily favored in November. She won the six-way Democratic primary with 61 percent of the vote.
In June 2018, Escobar (along with O'Rourke) led protests in Tornillo, Texas, of the Trump administration family separation policy that involved the separation of children of immigrant families. The city is just miles from the Rio Grande, the river that forms the border of the United States and Mexico in the state of Texas. The Trump administration had created a "tent-city" in Tornillo, where separated children were being held without their parents. O'Rourke called this practice "un-American" and the responsibility of all Americans.
Escobar won the general election on November 6, defeating Republican Rick Seeberger. She became the first woman to represent the 16th. With her victory, Escobar and Sylvia Garcia became the first Latina congresswomen from Texas. Although the 16th has long since become a majority-Hispanic district, Escobar is only the second Hispanic ever to represent it, the first being Silvestre Reyes, O'Rourke's predecessor.
|Independent||Sam Williams (write-in)||43||0.0|
Escobar and her husband, Michael Pleters, have two children.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 16th congressional district
|U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
| United States Representatives by seniority