As Demographics Shift, A Freshman Hispanic Legislator Makes His Stands In Texas

02/15/2013 07:45 am ET

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.

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