Wed March 25, 2009 at LBJ School Student Lounge
Former Texas State Representative Rick Noriega will deliver remarks, "Public Service in an Era of Hope," followed by a discussion with students. Refreshments will be served.
About Rick Noriega
The Honorable Rick Noriega is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Texas Army National Guard and a former five-term member of the Texas House of Representatives from Houston. In 2008, he won the Democratic Primary election for U.S. Senate.
He has proudly served in the National Guard since 1980. Rick served in Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom training Afghani forces, and also served as Laredo Sector Chief during Operation Jumpstart in 2006. Today, he's the Battalion Commander of the 141st Infantry Battalion, 36th Infantry Division. In a Texas first, Rick took the oath of office to the Texas Legislature from Afghanistan (on January 11, 2005), and pursuant to the Constitution, selected his wife, Melissa, to serve as a temporary acting representative. Melissa represented the district in the Legislature until his return in August 2005. She now serves as an at-large Houston City council member. Married on Valentine’s Day, they have two sons, Alex and Ricky. Upon his return from Afghanistan, Rick was tapped by Houston Mayor Bill White as Incident Commander of Houston's Hurricane Katrina relief efforts at the George R. Brown Convention Center. His leadership was crucial as the convention center was transformed into a virtual city that cared for nearly 30,000 evacuees, and was then dismantled in the course of less than a month. Rick is a Houston native with a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Houston, a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University. He's a graduate of the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff College and has a certificate in Advanced International Affairs from the Bush School of Government at Texas A&M.