Who am I?
My name is Rose Meza Harrison. I am an Assistant County Attorney for Nueces County, a mother, a grandmother, a sister, an aunt, a friend and a leader of my community. I love my country for the opportunities that I was fortunate enough to be blessed with. I call those opportunities the American Dream. I was born the second of eight children in Benavides, Duval County, Texas, a little town about seventy miles southwest of Corpus Christi. My father worked much of his life in the oil field and drilled wells throughout Texas from the 50s through the 70s. My mother stayed at home and raised all eight of us. Our careers vary from a physician to a teacher and in my case to that of an attorney.
I have two daughters and one son. I raised my three children as a single mother, worked full-time and attended college part-time. What should have taken four years to complete a BA in Political Science, took eight years as I took only six hours per semester and summers off to spend time with my children. My children are all grown now and they, I am very proud to say, are all as successful as my brothers and sisters. One of my daughter's is an attorney, another a State of Texas employee and my son is attending college in Austin, Texas. I also have two beautiful grandchildren, Lauren and Wyatt - ages 14 and 6.
I was the Democratic Chair for both Nueces County and San Patricio County from 2009 to 2011 and enjoyed being the leader of our party in those counties.
Why am I running?
My biggest thrill as a girl was to win a speech contest when I was ten. Mother bought the record version of John F. Kennedys inaugural address and stayed up late many nights after she had tucked us all in bed and played it over and over again until every word was transcribed in her handwriting on a piece of paper. I memorized his speech and recited it verbatim as my mother had transcribed. I fell in love with government and politics about that time. While studying courses in Political Science at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, I became a precinct chair and attended both the County and State Democratic Conventions. I was amazed at learning how our government works to put people in office and decided I would run for office one day.
I am concerned about our country and world today and feel that future generations may not have those same opportunities. I am running for Congress to help protect and restore the American Dream the promise of the possibility of prosperity and success for everyone regardless of race or social class. Ive worked hard all my life to achieve the American Dream and Ill work hard to ensure future generations have the same opportunity. I am appalled at how our government has become a government by and for corporations through the efforts of the Republican Party and the fact that they have declared war on the working people and our children.
Our country needs to get back to the fundamentals. The fundamentals that made this country what it used to be. President FDR was a great leader who helped our country out of the Great Depression. He implemented laws that put people first and helped establish the middle class. President LBJ also helped establish the War on Poverty. In the US, 20% of children live in poverty. Texas is worse at 24% and in Dist. 27, 37%. Extensive studies have shown that poverty causes poor education results. Poverty impacts education in ways that are almost impossible for teachers to overcome.
If elected, I will fight the next big "War on Poverty" in America, in Texas and in Dist. 27. I will be committed to helping women and children escape from poverty. Our country must make our children and their future their highest priority, and it will be mine. I will also fight to make sure we are spending more on education - no more cuts! We spend so little on education in this country. We must invest in our children and their education in order to wipe out poverty and restore the middle class - the American Dream. Education is the key to a healthy country - it will wipe out poverty and increase jobs. As the old saying goes, When education is well funded and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber we will have made some real progress.
My DFA Values
This legacy campaign is missing this information
My Campaign is People Powered!
I am holding house parties and using social media to get more volunteers.