Select Page
Lorena Sáenz González and attorney Vicente González

Featured: Lorena Sáenz González, a McAllen native, graduate of The University of Texas-Pan American with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and a Master of Education Degree in Educational Administration, who was a former teacher and administrator with the Edinburg and McAllen school districts, on Friday, November 20, 2015, with her husband, attorney Vicente González, D-McAllen, founder of the Law Office of V. González & Associates, P.C., as he announced his candidacy for Texas Congressional District 15 to succeed retiring U.S. Representative Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes.
Photograph By STEVE TAYLOR

Democrat Vicente González, a McAllen attorney who has protected South Texans against dishonest insurance companies, and has fought to provide healthy school buildings for students, on Friday, November 20, 2015, announced his candidacy to succeed retiring Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, to represent the people of Texas’ 15th Congressional District. “Our campaign is about getting the 15th District represented by someone who is capable of fighting and winning,” he said. “I have been doing just that for almost two decades”. González, 48, said he has the proven skills, energy, and experience needed to successfully champion the best interests of residents from all walks-of-life. “My education and professional achievements in representing homeowners, school districts, consumers and clients in their legal and business affairs, along with my experiences as a small business owner, uniquely qualify me for the position of congressman,” González said. He founded the Law Office of V. González & Associates, P.C. in 1997. Since then, his primary focus in law has been fighting for what he calls “victims of dishonest corporations”. González’ law firm has led litigation against some of the largest corporations in the world, with his work resulting in tens of millions of dollars in successful recoveries for his clients in recent years. He said that if he can successfully fight and win against the most powerful businesses, “I can certainly do the same in Washington, D.C. for Texas’ Congressional District 15.” Texas’ 15th Congressional District, in which Hidalgo County has the largest population, stretches from McAllen and Edinburg northward to include Jim Hogg, Brooks, Duval, Live Oak, Karnes, Wilson and Guadalupe counties. An estimated 700,000 residents live in the congressional district. As congressman, González said he would effectively serve constituents because he is capable of bringing jobs, fostering a favorable business environment that will create good, high-paying jobs, increase higher education resources and opportunities, and bettering the quality-of-life. “Our campaign is about Texas families who work 40 hours a week every week and still can’t make ends meet. We need more jobs and more higher wage jobs in our region. I will work to reach those goals and more,” said González, who said he came “from very humble beginnings” to achieve the American Dream. “I will tirelessly fight to protect U.S. programs that help the middle-class and the poor,” he promised. He emphasized his legislative efforts in Congress also would focus on helping women overcome obstacles in the workplace. “It’s about women getting equal pay for equal work. It’s about women getting paid maternity leave because that is right and just,” González said. “In this day and age, we cannot allow our mothers, our sisters, our daughters – any person – to be treated unfairly, including in the work place.” He was joined by his wife, Lorena Sáenz González, in providing the media with highlights of his platform. Democrats and Republicans will hold their party primaries in early March 2016 to nominate their candidates for the November 2016 election, which will determine who will be the new congressman/congresswoman for District 15 beginning in January 2017. The term of a U.S. congressman is for two years.

••••••

Democrat Vicente González, McAllen attorney who defends businesses and individuals against dishonest insurance companies, announces for Congress to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Hinojosa

By DAVID A. DÍAZ
Legislativemedia@aol.com

Democrat Vicente González, a McAllen attorney who has protected South Texans against dishonest insurance companies, and has fought to provide healthy school buildings for students, on Friday, November 20, 2015, announced his candidacy to succeed retiring Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, to represent the people of Texas’ 15th Congressional District.

“Our campaign is about getting the 15th District represented by someone who is capable of fighting and winning,” he said. “I have been doing just that for almost two decades.”

González, 48, said he has the proven skills, energy, and experience needed to successfully champion the best interests of residents from all walks-of-life.

“My education and professional achievements in representing homeowners, school districts, consumers and clients in their legal and business affairs, along with my experiences as a small business owner, uniquely qualify me for the position of congressman,” González said.

He founded the Law Office of V. González & Associates, P.C. in 1997. Since then, his primary focus in law has been fighting for what he calls “victims of dishonest corporations”.

González’ law firm has led litigation against some of the largest corporations in the world, with his work resulting in tens of millions of dollars in successful recoveries for his clients in recent years.

He said that if he can successfully fight and win against the most powerful businesses, “I can certainly do the same in Washington, D.C. for Texas’ Congressional District 15.”

Texas’ 15th Congressional District, in which Hidalgo County has the largest population, stretches from McAllen and Edinburg northward to include Jim Hogg, Brooks, Duval, Live Oak, Karnes, Wilson and Guadalupe counties. An estimated 700,000 residents live in the congressional district.

PROTECT THE MIDDLE-CLASS AND THE POOR

As congressman, González said he would effectively serve constituents because he is capable of bringing jobs, fostering a favorable business environment that will create good, high-paying jobs, increase higher education resources and opportunities, and bettering the quality of life.

“Our campaign is about Texas families who work 40 hours a week every week and still can’t make ends meet. We need more jobs and more higher wage jobs in our region. I will work to reach those goals and more,” said González, who said he came “from very humble beginnings to achieve the American Dream.

“I will tirelessly fight to protect U.S. programs that help the middle-class and the poor,” he promised.

He emphasized his legislative efforts in Congress also would focus on helping women overcome obstacles in the workplace.

“It’s about women getting equal pay for equal work. It’s about women getting paid maternity leave because that is right and just,” González said. “In this day and age, we cannot allow our mothers, our sisters, our daughters – any person – to be treated unfairly, including in the work place.”

He was joined by his wife, Lorena Sáenz González, in providing the media with highlights of his platform.

Lorena Sáenz González, a McAllen native, also has deep ties to Edinburg, where she began her teaching career at Monte Cristo Elementary School, providing education to hundreds of students for five-and-a-half-years in the local school district.

For the next five-and-a-half years, she was assistant principal at Castañeda Elementary School in McAllen, then was assistant principal for half-a-year at Bonham Elementary School, also in McAllen, before being selected principal of that campus, serving four years.

She serves as partner for her husband’s professional and public service careers.

Democrats and Republicans nationwide will hold their party primaries in early March 2016 to nominate their candidates for the November 2016 election, which will determine who will be the new congressman/congresswoman for District 15 beginning in January 2017.

The term of a U.S. congressman is for two years.

INCREASE SOCIAL SECURITY PAYMENTS, KEEP MEDICARE AFFORDABLE

Retired Texans, who have given a lifetime of contributions to the United States, also will have a high priority in his congressional efforts, he added.

“Our campaign is about the dignity of our most accomplished Americans – those who are 65 years and older – who we still depend on for guidance and wisdom, and who have truly earned the benefits and protections of our society, including Medicare and Medicaid coverage that is comprehensive and affordable, and an increase in Social Security payments that cover the real cost-of-living,” González pledged.

“We also need to fight for our doctors and hospitals, especially making sure that federal laws and policies do not cost them so much financially and personally that they can’t afford to take care of their patients,” he added.

TAKE CARE OF VETERANS, REDUCE COLLEGE STUDENT LOANS DEBT

He would continue building on the efforts of generations of American military veterans in Texas Congressional District 15 to bring a full-fledged Veterans Hospital to the region, and to improve the delivery of other benefits to area veterans.

“The federal government has turned their backs to many of our veterans coming home,” González said. “Just the way they took care of us on the battlefield, we need to take care of them when they get home. We need to provide them the proper healthcare and economic support they so much deserve.”

He also promised legislation “to our small businesses in getting more accessible loans at more competitive rates. The red tape now is just overbearing”, and said reducing the debt that college students too often face also would be a key issue for him in Congress.

“We must come up with solutions for our college students to graduate without drowning in debt. We have bailed out the banks while allowing them to heavily-tax our college graduates with high-interest rates through student loans,” he said. “I support a two-year, tuition-free program for high school graduates, and that could be achieved by trimming U.S. foreign aid. We need to invest more in our future generations of Americans so we can stay competitive globally.”

FIGHT REPUBLICAN PLANS TO DIVIDE AMERICAN FAMILIES, MAKE AMERICA’S WEALTHIEST PAY FAIR SHARE OF INCOME TAXES

González made clear that “keeping a tight safe grip on our border, in a manner that continues the growth of our mutually beneficial trade with our neighbors to the south, is a priority to me,” but denounced plans by the Republican Party to deport more than 12 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

“We need to defend our region against un-American schemes by the Republicans to take away our constitutional rights, including their extremist positions to divide American families and deny citizenship to people born in our country,” said González.

He added he would oppose any plans to increase federal income tax rates for 99 percent of all Americans, contending that the nation’s wealthiest families do not pay their fair share.

“According to the Wall Street Journal, which is among the most conservative national newspapers, ‘If we consider all federal taxes, the proportion (share) paid by the top 1 percent is 27.9 percent’, even though the top 1 percent will have 16.5 percent of all income in 2015,” said González. (Source: http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/2015/oct/26/jeb-bush/jeb-bush-says-top-1-percent-pay-nearly-half-all-ta/)

“America did not become great because of the 537 billionaires and 10.1 million households led by millionaires in our country. America became great because of the working class,” González emphasized. “It is only right and just for the super-rich in America to pay their fair share, for the honor and privilege of living in the greatest nation in the world.” (Source: http://www.nbcnews.com/business/economy/more-millionaires-ever-are-living-u-s-n320686)

González said Texas’ 15th Congressional District is becoming one of the most successful regions in the state in terms of economic development, public and higher education, transportation, and international commerce, and he will build on the area’s achievements as a U.S. representative.

“Among the many important roles played by Congressional District 15, we are one of the major transportation links that makes $200 billion a year in trade flow between Texas and Mexico,” he noted. “We also are also the midpoint between some of the world’s largest proven and potential reserves of oil and natural gas, with the Eagle Ford Shale in south and central Texas and the Burgos Basin Province in the Mexican states and the Gulf of Mexico immediately south of Texas’ Congressional District 15. We must continue to improve our economy, create high paying jobs, and generate prosperity for all of us on such assets.” (Sources: http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2004/3007/fs-2004-3007.pdf, and https://riograndeguardian.com/cuellar-u-s-energy-companies-wanted-in-mexicos-burgos-basin/)

OTHER CREDENTIALS OF DEMOCRAT VICENTE GONZÁLEZ

According to his law office website, http://vgonzalezlawyers.com/mainen.htm:

González is a member of the, Texas Bar & New York Bar,

He is Licensed to Practice before the United States Supreme Court in Washington, DC.

He is also a member of the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum where fewer than 1% of lawyers are members.

González was educated with student loans and part-time jobs. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the prestigious Embry Riddle Aeronautical University at the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station. After graduation, he attended present-day Texas A&M University School of Law in Dallas/Ft. Worth, where he earned his Juris Doctorate Degree.

While in law school, he served as a congressional intern in Washington, D.C., and worked at a high-volume law firm in Dallas. After law school, González continued his training in Negotiation at Harvard University School of Law School.

His law office has established itself as a premier boutique law firm in Texas with offices in New York City and clients across the nation.

His firm has represented many business owners, including major hotel/motel chain operations, condominiums, apartment complexes, shopping strips, medical clinics and others. His law firm’s work has resulted in the recovery of tens of millions of dollars in proceeds that would have otherwise gone unpaid.

Share This

Share this post with your friends!