"Outstanding Citizens Award for Promotion of Literacy" presented to Texas House of Representative Jason Villalba
Rep Villalba has shown great strength and commitment to the improvement of education across the Texas. He is bestowed this honor for his hard work and continued desire to see peoples lives continue to improve and reach their full potential.
About Jason Villalba
As a child, Villalba became interested in the televised speeches of U.S. President Ronald W. Reagan. According to an interview in D Magazine, Villalba saw an improvement in his own family's economic standing during the Reagan administration: "We could actually go on a vacation. Things changed for us for the better." As a result, Villalba became a Republican at an early age. Unlike many Texas Republicans, he is not a former Democrat.
A fourth-generation Texan, Villalba graduated from South Grand Prairie High School in Grand Prairie in the Mid-Cities section of Dallas, Ellis, and Tarrant counties. He then studied economics and finance at Baylor University in Waco and subsequently earning his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law in Austin. A corporate partner at Gardere since July 2015, Villalba represents clients in a wide array of corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and divestitures of public, private and middle-market companies; venture capital and private equity financing transactions; and transactions involving emerging growth and technology companies. He formerly practiced law at Haynes and Boone LLP.
Villaba is a member of the Dallas Children’s Trust, the fund-raising mechanism for the Children's Medical Center. He has also served on the development committee for the Dallas Zoo. He became the chairman of the Dallas chapter of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly, a political outreach organization founded in 1967. Through this capacity he became a supporter of Mitt Romney in the 2008 presidential campaign. Four years later, Romney repaid the favor, while on a stop in Texas, he took time to endorse Villalba in the state House primary. Romney called him "a capable and effective leader." Romney made no other endorsement of this kind while running for president for a second time in 2012.
Villalba and his wife, Brooke, reside with their three children in the Preston Hollow neighborhood in north Dallas. He is Methodist.
The above information was taken from Wikipedia on Sept 1, 2017