Where were you born and raised?
What is your family heritage?
Mexican. My biological grandfather Roberto Muñoz migrated here from Mexico.
What is your occupation?
Lawyer, State Representative, Assistant Staff Judge Advocate General in USAF Reserves.
How have you supported or contributed to the local Hispanic/Latinx community?
I meet with leaders in the Hispanic community to stay up on the needs of those within the community. As a State Representative I try to use my abilities to help those in need. As the only Hispanic representative in the Missouri House (1 out of 163) it is very important to stay in touch with community leaders to help determine ways in which I can better serve and address the needs within the community.
How do you connect with your Hispanic/Latinx culture?
Food and music. I love Mexican culture and I connect with my roots through food and family gatherings.
What is your favorite childhood memory?
Family dinners. Cooking with and for my grandparents.
What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you?
It’s a reminder of the culture to me. Acts of service, close families, taking care of one another, respect, and loyalty. My heritage is important to me and as the only Hispanic legislator in the Missouri General Assembly, I want to encourage others like me to serve.
In your opinion, what is the most important issue facing the Hispanic/Latinx community?
Currently COVID-19 is the biggest issue facing all communities. How we deal with the coronavirus and how it affects the people within our community. Additionally, race relations in this country are an important and necessary issue we must address.