Texas House Member

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Rep. Bernal, Diego M.

District 123


Capitol Address:

Room E1.508

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768

(512) 463-0532

District Address:

6531 San Pedro

Village Plaza

San Antonio, TX 78216

(210) 308-9700

Counties Represented:

Bexar (part)



Representative Diego Bernal was born in South Texas and raised in San Antonio. After graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School, he attended the University of Michigan, where he earned his undergraduate degree, Master's in Social Work, and law degree. As a social worker, he helped young gang members in Detroit transition out of a rough life and into school or the workforce. He continued this work in Harlingen, Texas with Communities in Schools (CIS), working with at-risk youth to improve literacy by founding a student newspaper.

During law school, he devoted himself to civil rights advocacy. He spent a summer in New York City with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and a year at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) back in San Antonio.

After graduating from law school, he returned to San Antonio permanently as a MALDEF staff attorney, advocating and litigating on behalf of working people, children, and immigrant communities. He worked for systemic changes to ensure equitable funding for Texas public school and fought against discrimination in schools and the workplace. He also fought to safeguard the integrity of our electoral systems, making sure that every citizen has an equal right to vote.

Outside of work, he pursued another passion: music. Diego has released four successful albums and contributed to other local, national and international projects.

Diego is dedicated to the principles of equality and justice. He is committed to improving the quality of life in San Antonio and Texas on every level and his experience in law, advocacy, and art contributes to the vision he brings to the Texas House of Representatives.

In June 2011, Diego was elected to the San Antonio City Council representing District 1. He worked alongside Mayor Julian Castro, former Secretary of Housing & Urban Development. Diego wrote and passed the strictest payday loan regulation in the state of Texas. Bernal also passed the Non-Discrimination Ordinance (NDO), ensuring everyone is treated equal and fairly.

Representative Bernal was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in February 2015. He represents District 123, home to downtown and north central San Antonio, parts of the city's West Side, along with the City of Castle Hills. He currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Public Education and is also a member of the Local and Consent Calendars Committee and the House Committee on Transportation.

He is married to Elyse Bernal and they are the proud parents of Xan Rosa Bernal. Elyse graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word and is currently the Executive Director of a breast cancer research and awareness nonprofit organization.



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