As the incumbent State Representative for District 34, Abel Herrero believes he has a proven record of helping his constituents.

Herrero is a native of Robstown, and was valedictorian of Robstown High School in 1988.

He received a degree in political science from Texas A&M- College Station in 1993, and in 1997 graduated from the University of Texas at Austin Law School.

He served three terms on the Robstown City Council before being elected State Representative in 2004.

Herrero currently works for the Corpus Christi law firm Royston, Rayzor, Vickery and Williams.

Herrero said he chose to enter politics as a way to give back to his community.

"It was always a goal of mine to come back to Robstown and the surrounding area," Herrero said. "I felt that with an education I could help the people in the community and to address some of the problems we know exist."

Among his accomplishments, Herrero said he is proud of helping to bring a Mechanical Engineering program to Texas A&M- Corpus Christi

"As a member of the appropriation committee, I was able to use my seniority to obtain money for the A&M-Corpus Christi Engineering Program," Herrero said.

Herrero also has been working to reform operations at the state school before a reported "fight club" incident last year.

"Unfortunately, that despicable act occurred," Herrero said. "But I think as a result of that others who had been in denial finally realized that what I had been saying for two years was true, and we needed to act."

Those reforms included adding cameras to the facility and instituting mandatory drug testing of the employees.

Herrero said he also worked to pass legislation to help those in the military reserves receive deferrals for mortgage payments and student loans when they are called to active duty.

The key issue facing the state during the next legislative session, Herrero said, is the anticipated budget shortfall.

Herrero said his plan to address that shortfall would be to eliminate inefficiencies, place a hold on capital improvement projects in the state, and legalize gaming to bring in additional revenue.

Herrero said he would not support any cuts in the Children's Healthcare Initiative Program or in education.

"It is critical for Texas to meet its constitutional education to provide a first class education to every child, regardless of their zip code," Herrero said. "So as a member of the appropriations committee, I will utilize my seniority to protect the funds necessary."

Herrero said he does not support working in the legislature to help create a countywide drainage district because local entities have not yet identified the areas of need, or reached a consensus on the best way to move forward. Local entities should work together to address the issue before approaching the state, Herrero said.

"I think that given the economic times, given the fact that we do have to implement a countywide plan, it's best to make sure we utilize the resources and tools and taxpayer dollars now in the most cost-efficient way, which is through interlocal agreements," Herrero said.