I grew up right here in Dallas in a humble family with a father who has a sixth grade education. I understand the value of education and how it opens up the door to opportunity. Thanks to my parents’ sacrifices, I was able to go to law school, work at one of the top ten law firms in the country and then started my own firm.
Education is how we break the cycle of poverty. Education is how we prepare our kids to compete in today’s economy. Education is how we attract new businesses and put Dallas and Texas back on the leadership track. Unfortunately, since 2011, the Texas Legislature has chosen to backtrack on school funding just as our school populations are growing. They have had to be sued by 600 school districts both rich and poor alike. Ken Sheets has gone quietly along with the status quo all along. We’ve seen the in-fighting within the Republican party on the national stage, and they continue to move farther and farther from what mainstream communities need. Our schools have always been a source of community pride. There is nothing more important to parents than the education of their children. I’m an advocate. I’m a bridge-builder; and I will fight to make sure our children get the education they need to be Texas’ future leaders.
Small Business/The Economy
More than 27,000, or 1 in 6 people, in our House District 107 (Mesquite, Garland, East Dallas) live in poverty according to research by the Texas Legislative Council. And over 88% of these are families with children under 18-years-old and more than half of are single-mother households.
Breaking the cycle of poverty is not rocket science, it just requires a holistic approach to underlying factors we all depend on.
I’ll work to raise wages and ensure equal pay for equal work for women. Nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers are women. Texas women earn 79 cents on the dollar for the same work as a man. African-American women earn 59 cents on the dollar and Latinas earn just 44 cents on the dollar in Texas. This is unacceptable. When women are paid the same as their male counterparts for the same work, the whole family benefits.
Water and Air Quality
Victoria will fight to fully fund the state’s bipartisan long-term water plan and for additional investment in solar and wind projects to create jobs and protect our air. Victoria believes we must also preserve and protect our lakes, such as White Rock Lake in House District 107.
Victoria is the daughter of an immigrant who became a naturalized citizen, and she believes that we must embrace immigrants. Texas businesses and our economy benefit from the hard work ethic of immigrants, yet Victoria’s opponent, like Trump, spews anti-immigrant rhetoric.
Victoria co-authored the following two law review articles relating to the litigation that stemmed from municipal and state-propounded immigration ordinances and legislation.
Co-Author, Victoria Neave, with Yolanda Garcia & Giana Ortiz, Whether State-Propounded Employment-Based Immigration Regulations Are Surviving Preemption Challenges—A Look at Whiting and Arizona, 3 HLRe 1 (2012).
Co-Author, Victoria Neave, with Yolanda Garcia & Giana Ortiz, Where are the Courts Drawing the Line? The Contours of Preemption and Other Constitutional Bases for the Enjoinment of Modern State-Propounded Immigration-Related Statutes and Ordinances, 37 T. Marshall L. Rev 81 (2011).
Victoria believes our federal government must pass comprehensive immigration reform so that undocumented families no longer live in the shadows.
Victoria will vehemently fight any attempts to repeal House Bill 1403 which permits certain undocumented immigrant students to pay in-state tuition.
Women & Children
Victoria will fight to advance policies that help women and children, especially the underprivileged. Victoria will fight for equal pay for equal work for women and against laws that attempt to erode the constitutional protections relating to a woman’s body and access to healthcare. Victoria believes that as women, regardless of party affiliation, we must work together to move our state forward.