Texas House Member

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Rep. Canales, Terry

District 40


Capitol Address:

Room 4S.4

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768

(512) 463-0426

(512) 463-0043 Fax

District Address:

602 W. University Dr. Suite B

Edinburg, Texas 78539


(956)383-4334 Fax

Counties Represented:

Hidalgo (part)



Texas State Representative Canales was elected to the House of Representatives in 2012 to represent District 40, which encompasses the heart of Hidalgo County. The cities within District 40 include Edinburg (Hidalgo County Seat), Elsa, North Pharr, San Carlos, La Blanca, Faysville, and portions of McAllen and Weslaco.

In 2019, Representative Terry Canales was appointed by Texas Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen to serve as Chairman of the powerful House Transportation Committee, the first Latino to hold that position. As the Chair of the House Transportation Committee, Canales oversees Texas' highways, airways, waterways, and railways, which are vital to the economic prosperity of the fastest growing state in the nation. Chairman Canales also serves on the Land and Resource Management Committee.

In his time in the legislature, Representative Canales has focused on transparency and open government, passing several pieces of legislation to ensure the public's right to know how their hard-earned tax dollars are spent as well as the right to have their voice heard at local governmental meetings. Canales has a long history of fighting for our public schools, our current and retired teachers, and ensuring that our students are given the opportunity to succeed. Representative Canales has also been a leader on criminal justice reform, filing and passing legislation aimed at eliminating our modern debtor's prison system to make certain that state resources are being utilized efficiently.

Chairman Canales completed his Bachelor's Degree at the University of The Incarnate Word and his law degree at St. Mary's School of Law. Upon passage of the Texas State Bar Exam, Rep. Canales opened his own law practice in Edinburg, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Erica E. Canales, and is raising five children: Juliana, Terry Andres, Caleb Ezra, Trigo, and Catalina. As he often shares "I'm an attorney by day, a representative in the afternoon, a chairman during the night and a father, a husband, a son, a brother and a friend sometime in between."



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