Lena Guerrero

Lena Guerrero

Full Name: Maria Elena "Lena" Guerrero
Date of birth: November 27, 1957
Date of death: April 24, 2008

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 51 Jan 10, 1989 - Jan 4, 1991 71st   Democrat Austin / Travis   Travis
H 51 Elected but never sworn 72nd (1) (2) (3) (4)   Democrat Austin / Travis   Travis
H 51 Jan 13, 1987 - Jan 10, 1989 70th   Democrat Austin / Travis   Travis
H 51 Jan 8, 1985 - Jan 13, 1987 69th   Democrat Austin / Travis   Travis

(1) 72nd Legislature - 1/8/1991, Guerrero not included in Roll of Members-Elect and Oath of Office, pp. 3-7. House Journal.
(2) Glen Maxey, in special run-off election 3/2/1991, sworn 3/6/1991, succeeded Lena Guerrero, declined to qualify 1/4/1991. Maxey sworn during 72nd Regular Session. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(3) 72nd Legislature - Message from the Governor, 1/16/1991, p. 30; Nominee Confirmed, 1/16/1991, p. 49. Guerrero appointed to Texas Railroad Commission by Governor Ann Richards. Senate Journal.
(4) Special election 2/9/1991, runoff 3/2/1991. Texas Secretary of State - Election Dates Including Special Elections, 1966-2001.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Selected Newspaper articles

Resolutions and Journal entries

Biographical Sketches

  • Photo and biographical sketch, Maria Elena (Lena) Guerrero, pp. 227-230. Second Mexican American woman elected to the Texas House. Capitol Women: Texas Female Legislators, 1923-1999, 2000.
  • GUERRERO, MARIA ELENA [LENA] (1957-2008). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Guerrero, Lena. Texas State Cemetery.

Other Resources

  • "Guerrero travels to Mexico on behalf of the Governor-elect," discusses Lena Guerrero's trip to Mexico to invite four Mexican Governors to the 1991 inauguration, 12/19/1990. Governor Ann W. Richards.
  • Youngest woman sworn into Texas House. First woman, first Hispanic, and first minority to sit on the Texas Railroad Commission. Houston Chronicle.
  • Railroad Commissioners Past through Present, with dates of service. Railroad Commission of Texas.
  • Mentioned in "Access Through the Lobby," 2/24/1995, pp. 14-17. Texas Observer.

Texas Monthly's Best and Worst Legislators

  • Named one of 'The Best'. Best and Worst Legislators 1989.


  • Photograph. Lena Guerrero, 72nd Legislature, Members of the 72nd Legislature Texas House of Representatives (CD-RW)
  • Photograph. Lena Guerrero, 71st Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Lena Guerrero, 70th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Lena Guerrero, 69th Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

71st R.S. - 1989
Government Organization  
State Affairs (Vice Chair) 
State Affairs Subcommittee on Budget and Oversight  
70th R.S. - 1987
Government Organization  
Rules and Resolutions (Vice Chair) 
State Affairs  
State Affairs Subcommittee on Budget and Oversight  
69th R.S. - 1985
Human Services  
State Affairs  
State Affairs Subcommittee on Budget and Oversight  
Urban Issues, Special  

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