As the daughter of migrant farm workers and the youngest child in a family of ten, Lupe Valdez learned the value of hard work and education.
She credits one of her teachers as a defining influence in her life, by telling her “I believe you have what it takes to go to college.”
She took this simple statement to heart and made up her mind to do all she could to help herself and others. She went to college, then the military, then into law enforcement. As Dallas County's first female, Latina and LGBTQ sheriff, Lupe worked hard to improve jail conditions and helped inspire inmates to rebuild their lives by treating them with respect. She continues to bring her toughness and caring to everything she touches, including immigration reform, support for military and law enforcement, as well as education and civil rights.
As a defender of our rights as Americans, regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression, I can think of no one better suited to be Governor of this great and diverse state.