Jessica Farrar is currently in her 13th year as State Representative for District 148 in Houston, Texas. She was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1994 at the age of 27, and she is the longest serving Hispanic female from Houston in the lower chamber of the Texas Legislature.
Rep. Farrar grew up in Houston and received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Houston in 1995. She is a partner at Farrar Architects, a firm she shares with her father. She is married to Major Marco Sanchez, and the two live in Lindale with their dog Vecina.
She currently serves on the House Committee on State Affairs and the House Committee on Juvenile Justice and Family Issues. Past assignments have included the House Committees on Corrections, County Affairs, Agriculture and Livestock, and Appropriations, of which she was a member from 1995-2003.
In addition, Rep. Farrar serves as Vice-Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, she is the founder and Vice-Chair of the Women's Health Caucus, and she is also the founder of the House Environmental Caucus. She previously served as Secretary of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) and Vice-Chair of the Legislative Study Group (LSG).
Rep. Farrar founded a non-profit mentorship and educational program for Latina college students known as Latinas on the Rise in 1998, and she currently serves on the board of the organization. She also co-founded the Texas Women's Health Foundation in 2007, a non-partisan non-profit aimed at de-politicizing women's health issues, and she serves as an ex-officio member of its board.
In addition to her work in women's health, Rep. Farrar works extensively on issues related to children's healthcare, education, the environment, taxes, homeowner rights, homeland and border security, domestic violence, sexual assault, reproductive rights, cantinas, insurance coverage, discrimination, and juvenile justice.
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