The son of immigrants, José Menéndez grew up working at his family’s small business located in San Antonio's West Side. He graduated in Business Administration and Latin American Studies at Southern Methodist University. Menéndez has passed over 200 bills benefitting children, seniors, veterans, and San Antonio families. He authored and filed three comprehensive medical cannabis in the Texas Senate. His passion and conviction for the issue as it pertains to Texas patients and caregivers is unmatched in the Texas legislature. In 2017 Menendez received the Texas Municipal League Legislator of the Year Award which honors his outstanding efforts to empower Texans to make decisions affecting their local communities; and the Nation’s Mothers Against Drunk Driving Legislator of the Year award; Leaders in Improving Mental Health Care from the Center for Health Care Services; Texas PTA Legislative Honor Roll; and Senator of the Year from the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas.
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