MEET AUSTIN'S BOLD PROGRESSIVE FIGHTING TO ENSURE JUSTICE FOR ALL
Delia Garza is a champion for justice, workers, and communities of color – first as a firefighter, then attorney, now Austin Mayor Pro Tem. She has spent her career challenging the status quo and leveling the playing field for all families, regardless of their income or ethnicity.
Delia began her career as a firefighter in South and Southeast Austin. Soon, Delia’s fellow firefighters chose her to represent them, as part of Austin Firefighters Association, Local 975, in contract negotiations for fair wages and safer working conditions.
A Proven Record:
Led reform to stop incarcerating people at Austin’s municipal court simply because they couldn’t afford a misdemeanor fine.
Worked to secure more progressive municipal court judges for the first time in recent memory.
Helped lead the lawsuit against Gov. Abbott’s racist and anti-public safety Senate Bill 4.
In 2007, she left the fire department for Gonzaga University School of Law. After graduation, she became an Assistant Attorney General in the Child Support Division.
Her commitment to working families continued when she won election to Austin City Council, becoming the first Latina to serve on the City Council and the first Latina to serve as Mayor Pro Tem. We hope she will be Travis County’s first Latina County Attorney.
On Council, Delia Garza has shown a deep understanding of systemic imbalances that create health and economic barriers for communities of color. Prior to running for City Council, she served on Hermanos de East Austin, the Dove Springs Recreation Center Advisory Board, and mentored students at Rodriguez Elementary in Dove Springs through the Seedling Foundation. On Council, she’s fought for low-income children to have more access to libraries and enrichment activities, and to overcome food deserts to ensure everyone has access to healthy food.
Delia is married to Ramiro Martinez, Jr. and they are the proud parents of their daughter, Lourdes.