Miguel Levario was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He left home to pursue his education at Notre Dame and Stanford. He finished his PhD in History at the University of Texas in Austin before taking a position in 2007 as a professor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. He has always been a determined activist, serving as a faculty adviser for the Tech Student Democrats, working with the 2012 and 2013 LULAC Youth Summit and was a panelist at the 2016 Lubbock Regional Latino Policy Summit. 

But with the current state of affairs in Washington and the tone-deaf response constituents are receiving from their current representation, Miguel recognizes the time to stand up is now. While battles about bathrooms and border walls continue, the livelihood of farmers and their workers are being threatened by moneyed interests, our children's public education is on the chopping block and our clean energy resources, which are poised to create tens of thousands of jobs in our region, are being stifled. As the political climate of our democracy deteriorates, Miguel understands these issues have no time to be ignored and is ready to represent the people of the Texas 19th Congressional District in Washington D.C. while remaining available to his constituents.

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    “Miguel understands the challenges that West Texans are facing and he’s willing to support common sense solutions that benefit all West Texans, not just the special interest groups.”

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    “Miguel has the has the kind of intelligence and determination that we need in Washington.”

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    “Change starts at the root!”

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    “I am endorsing Miguel because he has lived in Lubbock for a long time and understands the issues. I have every expectation that he will be staying here. He is articulate. And frankly it is way past time for this area to be represented by an Hispanic.”

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    “A strong gentleman with values and vision. Someone who will make the the right choice even if it's the tough choice. I have the pleasure of knowing him for 20+ years and his character is untouchable. I'm behind him all the way!”

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    “Our country needs intelligent minds to take us forward. Miguel is the right man for our moment in our history.”

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    “Because he believes that all Texans must be represented not just his political party members.”

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    “I endorse Dr. Miguel Levario because all Texans must be represented.”

May 10, 2017

Texas 19 and Trumpcare

Recently, House Republicans, including Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX-19), hastily pushed the American Health Care Act (AHCA). House Republicans chose to repeal crucial elements of the Affordable Care Act including employer and individual mandates and new taxes on high incomes. However, the changes made to the ACA will have severe consequences on Arrington’s congressional district.

First, the AHCA will immediately strip millions of Texans of their healthcare, at least 18,000 in our district alone. Hospitals and clinics will assume the financial burden with uncompensated care costs, with Lubbock county already paying 70 million dollars to provide basic care for those that arrive at the hospital without insurance. This will drastically limit the ability of our hospitals to offer care.

Second, the bill’s drastic change to federal Medicaid financing will result in unfair and inefficient administering of the Medicaid program. Medicaid’s change will have direct impact on the thousands of residents in Arrington’s district who are covered by the program. The rural health delivery systems will surely face significant cuts that cannot be afforded by the most vulnerable groups of people such as the disabled, poor and elderly. Most certainly devastating are the service cuts that will be made for children covered under Medicaid. Over two million health care providers, including physicians and nurses, believe Medicaid needs to be protected.

Third, people with pre-existing conditions will be at risk of not having access to affordable insurance. Even without a pre-existing condition, people over the age of 50 (even in good health) will suffer from a costly age tax.

Finally, the AHCA is a financially irresponsible decision, voted to pass without a report from the Congressional Budget Office and without bipartisan support.

Health care is a human right, not a privilege to only those who can afford it. Congressman Arrington chose the wrong side of this issue. Millions of U.S. citizens are facing their mortality while congressional Republicans like Jodey Arrington gleefully celebrated the passage of the AHCA. This is not an example of West Texas values that Congressman Arrington so constantly evokes but rarely exercises.  This is not selfless leadership but self-interest at the expense of millions of venerable people. I do not support this legislation and I pledge to continue fighting for the people of District 19.

April 8, 2017

First Friday Art Trail

Miguel has an update from the field! He went to meet voters at Lubbock's First Friday Art trail.  He met so many eager people that he ran out of cards to share with them. Miguel wanted to tell you a little bit about what this event was like and why it is so special:

We arrived at the First Friday Art Trail at around 6:00 pm and walked immediately towards the plaza where a full ensemble of Mariachis were playing. My children love mariachi music and were instantly drawn to the sounds. We stayed for a few minutes and then made our way inside of LHUCA art gallery to view the LatinX: Artistas de Tejas exhibit. The exhibit was the first time in LHUCA’s history that it was curated a show of this theme. We were so moved by the various art pieces. 

LUHCA provided wall paper for adults and children to color in egg shapes and form whatever subject they desired. There were a number of artist shows on the CASP lot and food trucks were sprinkled across the property. Independent vendors were also present including Varsity Bookstore and Wade Gordon Academy—Cosmetology School who braided hair and sprayed glitter on children’s hair. My kids, of course, took part.

Please, donate. With your support Miguel will be able to carry this campaign forward and work to protect the special things about the place we call home.

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