René Lara

Legislative Director

René Lara of El Paso, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the UT School of Law. 

As a capitol staffer, René Lara worked for State Senator Gonzalo Barrientos of Austin on the Senate Education, Finance and Nominations committees. From 1995 to 2006, René represented the Texas AFT on issues of importance to educators. 

Today, René Lara serves on the boards of the Workers Assistance Program (WAP), Texans for a Secure Retirement (TSR), and the El Paso Social Network in Austin. 

René has lived in Texas his entire life except for two years when he represented the teachers union at the Minnesota state capitol from 2006 to 2008.  He survived two Minnesota winters and returned to Texas to work for the Texas AFL-CIO in 2008.