Elvira Reyna Biography
Elvira Reyna, a native Texan from South Texas, is a former State Representative for District 101 in Mesquite. She served in the Legislature from 1993 to 2007. She was the first Hispanic Republican of either gender elected to the House. Mrs. Reyna served on many committees, including Chairman of the Local and Consent Calendar Committee, Higher Education, Criminal Jurisprudence, Public Safety, International Relations, and Environmental Regulation. Her legislative activities include Member/Executive Board Nominating Committee for the National Conference of State Legislators, Chair of the Republican Caucus Higher Education Task Force, member of the American Legislative Exchange Council, and member of the Steering Committee for the House Research Organization.
In addition to her legislative work, Mrs. Reyna has been active in the community, serving as President, Board Trustees, Mesquite Community Hospital, and as a member of the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce, Mesquite Economics Development Board, and the Texas Discovery Tour Advisory Board. Among other honors, she has been awarded "Woman of the Month" presented by the National Center for Policy Analysis and "Legislator of the Year" presented by Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas (CLEAT),78th Legislative Session.
Mrs. Reyna has a B.A. from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is married to J.A. Reyna, and is the mother of two grown children and has six grandchildren and resides in Little Elm.