Hector Uribe Files for Land Commissioner

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More big filing news for statewide candidates: Democrat Hector Uribe, a former State Senator from Brownsville, has filed to run for Texas Land Commissioner.

From his press release:

“The current Republican leadership is short-sighted. Texans want our state leaders to help address the real threats to our environment, but many of our current state leaders continue to minimize the importance of having clean water to drink and clean air to breathe,” Uribe said.

“National and international environmental policies on global warming have serious impacts on long-term state education funding. The Republican leadership should be concerned about any negative impact on education funding. Instead, they deny the existence of global warming, deny the science that CO2 emissions contribute to global warming, and instead they fan the fires of secession. That’s not responsible leadership, that’s failed leadership. They claim that pro-environment policies will negatively impact our economy and education funding. That’s not an answer, that’s a cop out,” he added.

“We don’t have to choose between a clean environment, and maximizing the return on state lands to fund our neighborhood schools. We can do both, and as Land Commissioner, I intend to do both,” Uribe said. “Our campaign will focus on how best to serve both objectives.”

More on his biography, which was also included in the press statement:

Uribe served as a Texas state Senator from Brownsville from 1981 until 1990, and represented the counties of Brooks, Cameron, Hidalgo and Jim Wells.  Prior to serving in the Senate Uribe served in the Texas House of representatives for about three years.    

As a state Senator he wrote the Texas Enterprise Zone Act, designed to create new businesses and jobs in economically distressed areas. He also wrote the Protective Services for the Elderly Act to guard against elder neglect and abuse as well as legislation establishing the University of Texas at Pan American in Edinburg and Brownsville.    

During his final session in the Texas Senate he served as Chair of the Natural Resources Standing Subcommittee on Water that wrote the first colonias legislation and created a bond package to assure clean water and sewer facilities for colonia residents. As a member of the Natural Resources Committee he voted to create a super fund to clean up contamination left by leaking underground gasoline storage tanks. As Vice-Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee, he authored legislation to regulate and require indoor air quality in public buildings and to regulate asbestos removers.

I had the good fortune to talk with Uribe just after he filed. He is a very personable man, whose commitment to addressing the environmental concerns facing Texas is both genuine and welcome. We now have an opportunity — both with Bill White and, should he win, Hector Uribe — to discuss the critical environmental challenges facing Texas in a credible and intelligent way, which is something Texas Republicans have refused to do throughout their past decade of failure.

In fact, up and down the ticket, Democrats are running not just credible candidates that can compete in their respective elections, but candidates who would — across the board and without question — be better public servants in their elected office positions than the Republicans currently in charge.

We welcome Hector Uribe into the race, and look forward to hearing more from his campaign in the coming weeks.

About Author

Phillip Martin

Currently the Research and Policy Director for Progress Texas and the Texas Research Institute, Phillip Martin writes occasional long-form pieces for BOR that promote focused analysis and insight into Texas politics. Born and raised in Austin, Phillip started working in politics in 2003 and started writing on BOR in the summer of 2005. Phillip has worked for the Texas Democratic Trust, the Texas Legislative Study Group, and now the Progress Texas family. He is a lifelong Houston Astros fan, a loyal Longhorn, and loves swimming at Barton Springs Pool.

2 Comments

  1. RE: Good for Hector Uribe
    Hector Uribe was a great Senator and will run a great race for Land Commissioner.

    When I was a college student, I went to Austin to lobby for the Texas Equalization Grant.  I met then Senator Uribe.  He was so approachable.  We talked for like 30 minutes just about stuff.  I kept thinking he needed to go talk to someone more important.  But that was Senator Uribe.  And when I would see him again after that, he would pick up our conversation where it left off.  And that's because he thought everyone was important.

    Senator Uribe was defeated by the business lobby because Uribe stood up for ordinary people by voting against the business lobby's sucessful effort to gut the worker's compensation system.

    Senator Uribe will be campaigner.  His command of the issues and his genuine concern for all people, not just powerful, will make him a great Land Commissioner.

  2. Hector will be a Land Commissioner who …
    … cares about protecting our public lands and managing them responsibly in the tradition of Garry Mauro and Bob Armstrong. The passions of my professional life have been the environment and Democratic politics. I'm thrilled to be invited to be part of Hector's team.

    Let's not forget, the Land Commissioner sits on the five-member legislative redistricting board, either.

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