Celia has been a leading voice for LGBTQ equality in the Texas State House
Rep. Celia Israel represents House District 50 in the Texas Legislature. She serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security & Public Safety and the House Committee on Elections, focusing on public safety and making voting easier for all Texans.
Rep. Israel is Chairwoman of the Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee and serves as Vice Chair of the Texas House Democratic Caucus, overseeing the Steering and Policy Committee. She is a member of the Legislative Study Group, the Women’s Health Caucus, the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, and is a founding member of the Texas House LGBTQ Caucus.
During her first term in the legislature, she was named Freshman of the Year by the Legislative Study Group, a Champion of Equality by Equality Texas, and a Progressive Champion by Progress Texas. In 2018, Rep. Israel was inducted into the Austin Women’s Hall of Fame.
Rep. Israel, who got her start in Ann Richards’ historic campaign in 1990, was first elected in a special election in 2014, an otherwise tough year for Democrats. In 2018, Israel organized the “Don’t Mess with Texas Women” tour, where alongside other women leaders in the Texas House she stumped, and block walked for Democratic candidates in competitive races.
Rep. Israel is a licensed Texas Realtor who lives with her long-time partner, Celinda Garza, and their dogs, Kia and Pippa, in Northeast Travis County.