Representative Rafael Anchía is a Dallas-based attorney first elected to represent HD-103 in 2004. He currently serves as chairman of the House Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs Committees and is a member of the House Committee on Urban Affairs.
He cites as his public-service priorities initiating legislation to fight crime, improve public safety, protect the environment and improve health coverage for women and children.
Anchía won recently chosen chairman of the board of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Official’s Educational Fund for a three-year term. The national non-profit is a non-partisan organization whose members include the more than 6,000 Latino elected and appointed officials nationwide.
Anchía is also a member of the Leadership Dallas Alumni Association, the Dallas Assembly, the SMU Clements Center on Southwest Studies and the Oak Cliff Lions Club.
He has been recognized for his legislative efforts by Texas Monthly, who named him “Rookie of the Year,” his first term and to its “Ten Best Legislators” list the following session. He was named “Freshman of the Year” by the Mexican-American Legislative Caucus and a “Top Freshman” by Capitol Inside. He has also been named “Legislative Crime Fighter of the Year” by the North Texas Crime Commission, and included on the True Courage Action Network’s “Top Five Legislators” list.
He also received the “Rising Star” award from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas and the League of United Latin American Citizens’ national “Man of the Year.”
His high school marks earned him a scholarship to Southern Methodist University, allowing him to triple-major in Latin American Studies, Spanish and Anthropology and graduate with honors.
Anchía attended Tulane University in New Orleans on scholarship for his law studies where he concentrated on international and public law. He lives in North Oak Cliff with his wife, Marissa, and daughters, Sofia and Maia.