State Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, sat in his office in the far reaches of the Capitol extension hallways usually reserved for newer lawmakers, and talked about how he found his political inspiration at a young age.

“I say I found Jesus at summer camp when I was 7 years old. I found Ronald Reagan when I was 8 the following year,” said Villalba, 41.

He credited Reagan’s steady but firm leadership in helping him shape his ideals.

Read the whole story at Texas Tribune

Also on HuffPost:

Loading Slideshow...
  • Ted Cruz (R-TX)

    The Cuban-American conservative who's faced <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/01/ted-cruz-latino_n_2051960.html">offensive attacks against his Hispanic background</a> became the first Latino from Texas to hold a U.S. Senate seat.

  • Richard Carmona (D-Ariz.)

    He waged a competitive campaign and mobilized an emerging Latino electorate, but the former surgeon general lost his Senate seat bid by <a href="http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2012/11/richard_carmona_fares_better_t.php">80,000 votes to Republican Jeff Flake.</a>

  • Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.)

    Tucson's Raul Grijalva did not face much of a challenge from Republican challenger Gabriela Saucedo Mercer.

  • Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.)

    Obama surrogate Xavier Becerra trounced his opponent, winning some 86 percent of the vote.

  • Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.)

    The former Los Angeles City Councilman will <a href="http://www.voxxi.com/tony-cardenas-california-congressman/">take a seat in Congress</a>.

  • Grace Flores Napolitano (D-Calif.)

    Incumbent Flores Napolitano retained her seat.

  • Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.)

    The incumbent held her seat.

  • Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-Calif.)

    <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/11/gloria-negrete-mcleod-bests-joe-baca-in-congressional-race.html">State Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod unseated</a> fellow Democrat Joe Baca.

  • Joe Baca (D-Calif.)

    The incumbent won't have a seat in Congress next year after losing to State Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod.

  • Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.)

    Sanchez will become a U.S. Representative.

  • Jose Hernandez (D-Calif.)

    Former astronaut <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49728894/ns/technology_and_science-space/#.UJrnuOOe8ho">Jose Hernandez came up with 46 percent</a> of the vote -- not enough to defeat his Republican challenger.

  • Abel Maldonado (R-Calif.)

    California's Lt. Gov. Maldonado came up short in his bid to enter Congress.

  • Juan Vargas (D-Calif.)

    The former state senator moved up a notch to the House of Representatives.

  • Joe Garcia (D-Fl.)

    South Florida got a Cuban-American Democrat for U.S. Rep. when Garcia defeated incumbent conservative David Rivera.

  • David Rivera (R-FL)

    Facing a campaign finance scandal, Rivera lost his congressional seat to fellow Cuban-American challenger Joe García.

  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fl.)

    The Cuban-American former chair of the House Foreign Relations Committee is back for another term.

  • Raul Labrador (R-Idaho)

    Labrador's still representing Idaho voters in Congress.

  • Luis Gutierrez (D-Il.)

    The immigration reform champion cruised to reelection.

  • Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.)

    The Democratic U.S. Representative cruised to an easy victory.

  • Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.)

    Lujan Grisham has become <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Lujan-Grisham-elected-to-Congress-in-Albuquerque-4016276.php">Albuquerque's newest Congresswoman</a>.

  • Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.)

    The New Mexico Democrat owes her seat in Congress in part to <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Lujan-Grisham-elected-to-Congress-in-Albuquerque-4016276.php">New Mexico's large Latino population</a>.

  • Albio Sires (D-N.J.)

    The Cuban-American U.S. Rep. retained his seat.

  • Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)

    New Jersey Cuban-American Bob Menendez is still a U.S. senator.

  • Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.)

    The incumbent New York U.S. Rep. kept her seat.

  • Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.)

    The incumbent congressman retained his seat.

  • Joaquin Castro (D-Tx.)

    Joaquin Castro, the brother of Democratic Caucus sensation Julian Castro, <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/onpolitics/2012/11/06/joaquin-castro-congress-election-texas/1686933/">won himself a seat</a> in the House of Representatives.

  • Pete Gallego (D-Tx.)

    The San Antonio politician heads to the House of Representatives.

  • Francisco Canseco (R-Tx.)

    Francisco Canseco won't be headed to Washington this year. He was defeated by Democrat Pete Gallego.

  • Henry Cuellar (D-Tx.)

    Winner!

  • Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wa.)

    Winner!

  • Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.)

    The incumbent retained her seat. <em><strong>CORRECTION:</strong> A previous version of this caption incorrectly stated Ms. Lucille Roybal-Allard's political affiliation and state. She's a California Democrat.</em>