Representative Rosenthal celebrates office grand opening with the public
After beating 24-year incumbent Gary Elkins and finishing the first month in his new position, Jon Rosenthal, Texas House District 135 Representative, opened his office to the public.
Rep. Rosenthal, Democrat, held a grand opening for his office at 9601 Jones Road in Houston on Feb. 21.
Rosenthal spoke with guests, including several recently elected Harris County officials and members of local political organizations. They discussed political issues and took photos in his office, which was decorated with artwork made by Cy-Fair ISD students.
Rosenthal was elected as District 135 representative on Nov. 6, 2018. During his first month in office, Rosenthal co-authored House Bill 189 proposing free full-day prekindergarten for children.
Nikki Cowart, president of the Cy-Fair American Federation of Teachers — a teacher union — said having Rosenthal on the side of education is a boon and that the union supported him early on.
“Teachers were so excited to finally have a representative listen to their concerns,” Cowart said. “(He) was such a genuine person, a genuine candidate, that it was an easy endorsement and we just can’t wait for all of the exciting things.”
Chris Hollins, vice chair of finance for the Texas Democratic Party, praised the 12 flipped House districts in Texas and called Rosenthal his “favorite freshman.”
“He’s just over a month in office, he’s already pushing more than 20 bills in the state legislature and these are bills for Houstonians, for Jersey Villagers and for the Cy-Fair students,” Hollins said. “Jon is fighting that fight for his neighbors, for us all, and I for one am proud to stand next to him and proud to be one of those neighbors.”
Rosenthal also authored a House resolution congratulating the 19 female African-American judges serving in Harris County, as well as a resolution honoring the late Judge Cassandra Hollemon who died on Feb. 11.
During the grand opening ceremony, Rosenthal brought several of the black female judges on stage with him while he read the resolution dedicated to them, HR 179.
Audrie Lawton, representative for the Black Women’s Political Action Committee, commended Rosenthal on his commitment to diversity and the community.
“Representative Rosenthal thought it was important to remember both of these events,” Lawton said. “It is just representative of how great he’s going to be in office. We are happy, we are ecstatic.”
Several guests spoke about their support of Rosenthal’s campaign and future efforts. DJ Ybarra, executive director of the Harris County Democratic Party, said he and the party intend to keep Rosenthal in office and flip more Republican seats.
“He’s going actually be working out of this office, he’s going to be here and it’s exciting seeing all of you here to support him,” Ybarra said. “We’re going to keep doing the work, we’re going to keep reaching out to people, we want to keep registering voters, keep knocking on doors, keep making phone calls in this area because we want to make sure we always have good, quality people like Jon in this office.”
Rosenthal said he was overwhelmed, but honored to have the public celebrate his win, and looks forward to serving the community.
“Having a showing like this in here is amazing, having an office is amazing, just winning is amazing,” Rosenthal said. “We had altogether over 200 volunteers work on this campaign. We had the heart and soul of people of the district and activists in the community came out.”