Rafael is also actively involved in community affairs and public service. Representing District 7 on the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees from 2001-2004, he oversaw a $1 billion budget, 19,000 employees and almost 220 schools in the nation's 12th largest school district.
After retiring from the Dallas School Board, Rafael has been elected five times as Texas State Representative for District 103, which includes parts of Dallas, Irving, Carrollton and Farmers Branch. Texas Monthly named him "Rookie of the Year" during the 79th Legislative Session and one of the "10 Best Legislators" during the 80th Legislative Session. Rafael serves as the Chair of the International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee and as a member of the Urban Affairs Committee.
EducationJ.D., Tulane University Law School, 1993
B.A., Southern Methodist University 1990 cum laude
Southern Methodist University in Spain, Madrid, Spain, 1989
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