Meet Roland Gutierrez

Q&A

What is your background and campaign platform?
I have been a leading voice in the state’s capitol in preventing gun violence. After the Uvalde massacre, I fought side by side with the families of the 19 children and 2 teachers to demand accountability. I am the son of Mexican immigrants and I have spent my whole life fighting to create real change for communities across Texas. That’s exactly the kind of fight I’ll bring to the U.S. Senate.
How has your educational background and experience prepared you for this position?
I represent over 300 miles of Texas border communities, I’m an immigration lawyer, and like so many Texans, I was blessed to have parents who made the decision to immigrate to Texas. I know how hard immigrants are willing to work for this country and for their families when given the chance. I also know why this system is broken and how to get it fixed.
How do you handle making difficult decisions?
I am student of human history. I pour over data. I listen to experts and to those most affected by the decision. Sometimes, I pray for wisdom. And, then I listen to my heart and to my gut and act accordingly. If you aim to do right and work hard, you will never go wrong.
Who are some of the biggest influences in your political life? How were you influenced?
The biggest influence on my entire life was my father. He taught me that if you see something that’s broken, you fix it. And if you work hard, you can achieve your dreams. I have applied that wisdom to every part of my life. I strongly believe that nearly every person has something to teach you about life and politics. You should take lessons from everyone regardless of party or ideology. For me, LBJ taught me to use leverage to accomplish legislative goals. Emiliano Zapata taught me to fight for my beliefs. Some of these leaders are complicated people with mixed legacies, but all of them have something to teach each of us.
Texas is an energy state. What challenges do you perceive balancing growth in the energy sector with environmental concerns? What have you done in the past and what do you plan to do going forward regarding this issue?
Texas is an energy center for the World. And, it must remain that way. But, our economy and our energy systems are changing rapidly. And, we must prepare Texas for this transition. Right now, President Biden through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has given Texas $7 Billion dollars to create a Hydrogen Hub, in order to begin the process of burning hydrogen as a fuel source. Hydrogen burns clean and offers the same kind of energy that coal or natural gas produces today. Texas must become a leader in the new Hydrogen economy. The Department of Energy has outlined a goal to have 100% clean electrical grid by 2035 and Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050. We can achieve the goals and create millions of new jobs for a new economy. It is all in our sight, the only thing we lack is political vision to accomplish these goals.
If elected, what would your top 3 priorities be?
1) Ending Gun violence through the passage of common sense gun safety legislation. 2) Ensuring the right to seek and obtain an abortion by "Codifying Roe", expanding the supreme court and the federal judiciary, and seeking a constitutional amendment securing reproductive freedom forever. 3) Comprehensive immigration reform that holds true to our American values and protects our Border.