I am a community advocate, political activist and organizer. I am a daughter of immigrants and mother of four children. I grew up in a migrant working family that worked hard to make ends meet to provide a better life for our family. I understand the struggle of being burdened by crushing debt, job insecurity, sexism, racism, environmental racism, and lack of healthcare coverage. I am proud of where I come from and the experiences I’ve had that made me who I am today.

I worked in acute healthcare, caring for insured and uninsured patients. Through my background in healthcare, I experienced first-hand the flaws of our healthcare system. As a mother, I became a volunteer baseball coach and a volunteer organizer for local baseball organizations. As a former dual licensed insurance agent, I saw the bias of health insurers against people in vulnerable communities.

Most politicians have no idea how their constituents are affected by systemic oppression, austerity policies, poverty, dysfunctional healthcare system, but these experiences influenced my community activism and my policy platform to run for Congress. As a political activist and organizer, I got tired of waiting for politicians to do something about worsening conditions in Texas and across the country. Our 2018 primary campaign for U.S. Senate was historic, promoting progressive issues, policies, and solutions. Our campaign earned the trust of voters who responded with 24% of the Democratic vote to this first-time candidate, all on a slim budget of approximately $4,000.

While assisting Beto O’Rourke’s campaign against Ted Cruz, I became Co-chair of the Texas Poor People’s Campaign, continuing my fight to end systemic oppression, racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation, and the distorted moral narrative. With the encouragement of our supporters throughout Texas, I launched this 2020 Democratic campaign against Republican Senator John Cornyn. Although I did not win the 2020 Democratic nomination for US Senate, I continue to remain politically active, organizing, and building coalitions with mission aligned organizations and individuals.

Our work is far from over to dismantle systemic oppression and protect vulnerable communities from the unfettered abuse of capitalism.

In Solidarity,

Sema