Paul Moreno, one of the country’s longest-serving Hispanic elected officials, died Friday morning at age 86.
The Segundo Barrio native served at the state capitol for 40 years, where many regarded him as the “conscience of the house” for supporting the community’s disabled and poor.
Moreno also helped start the Mexican-American Legislative Caucus of the Texas House of Representatives, the Tejano Democrats, and El Paso Legal Assistance.
Prior to his political career, the UTEP alumnus served in the Marines and was a veteran of the Korean War.
Moreno also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) in 2011.
“He always tried to make the government fair towards El Paso, specifically Hispanics,” Eddie Holguin, the chairman of Tejano Democrats, tells NewsChannel 9. “He was a champion for the El Paso community.:”