The Lopez Family

I am Daniel Nemecio Lopez. I was born and raised in Harlingen. My wife Rebeca and I are recently married, and we have a wonderful son, Guillermo Nemecio Lopez. The Lopezes have lived in Harlingen since 1952. My parents are Nemecio and Migdalia Lopez. My in-laws are Eleazar Gonzalez and Elva Briones.

My wife Rebeca graduated as Valedictorian of Harlingen South in 2001, then attended Yale University where she graduated in 2005 with a degree in biology. She also has a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health. She is currently the deputy director of RGV FOCUS for Educate Texas where she is responsible for managing the development and implementation of different initiatives and working in partnership with key stakeholders across the Valley to help students attain certificates, degrees, and credentials.

I attended Bonham, Ben Milam, and Sam Houston elementary schools, Coakley Middle School, and Harlingen South. I graduated from University of Texas at Brownsville with a degree in Government, then from Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

I began my career as a Cameron County Assistant District Attorney under Luis V. Saenz. In my 3.5 years as a prosecutor, I tried cases ranging from speeding tickets to sexual assault of children and murder. I was also successful in criminal appeals and specialized in search warrants. During my tenure, I worked closely with the Harlingen Police Department, the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office, and Constable, Pct. 5. Furthermore, I worked alongside federal agencies, specifically the Department of Homeland Security – Investigations (HSI) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in mapping out international drug trafficking rings using Ping warrants.

 

In 2018, I began working in the Cameron County Commissioners Court – Civil Legal Division, as its Litigation Counsel. As a member of this team, I work on numerous topics such as government contracts, lawsuits, civil appeals, infrastructure, land development, parks, airport, international bridges, legislation, emergency management, and drainage. Additionally, I’m a part of a County economic development team, led by the Cameron County Commissioners Court, that has work on upward of $1 Billion on potential economic development projects throughout the County.

My work has afforded me the opportunity to work in conjunction with a number of federal and state agencies:

Furthermore, I am licensed to practice law in federal court, specifically the Southern District of Texas, Western District of Texas, United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court as well as state courts: county courts at law, district courts, court of appeals, and the Texas Supreme Court.

Outside of work, I volunteer my time and skills in different organizations:

Harlingen Community Development Advisory Board, Chairperson
The City of Harlingen receives federal grants. This board makes recommendations on where to spend this money. Projects this board has recently approved were lights at Vestal Park, street and drainage improvement in impoverished areas, and home construction, renovation, and ownership.

Harlingen Sunburst Rotary Club, Past President
This is a community service organization that helps our community: annual golf tournament to raise money for scholarships, assists a local church to provide Harlingen students with backpacks full of food so they may eat over the weekend, and has donated benches for Harlingen parks, etc….

South Texas Rotary Shrimp Fest, Inc., Past Vice-President
Shrimp Fest is a fundraiser which helps local Rotary clubs push their projects forward.

Valley Federal Credit Union – Supervisory Committee, Member
The supervisory committee is responsible for ensuring that the board of directors and management of the credit union: (i) meet required financial reporting objectives; and (ii) establish practices and procedures sufficient to safeguard members’ assets.” Credit Union Supervisory Committee Handbook, Fifth Ed.

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA), Volunteer
I have volunteered my time and legal services to assist in TRLA’s Divorce Clinics, Veterans Clinics, and Guardianship Clinics which assists local residents with specialized legal issues.

Cameron County Young Lawyers Association (CCYLA), Past President
During my time on the CCYLA Board, we assisted Brownsville I.S.D. with their annual mock trial tournament in preparation of the regional tournament. I also coached the Porter High School Mock Trial Team.

State Bar of Texas Rules of Evidence Advisory Committee
The purpose of this committee is “to monitor the Texas Rules of Evidence, receive and consider comments regarding the Rules, and proposes revisions to the Rules of Evidence and the statutes of Texas relating thereto.” State Bar of Texas.

I was raised to give back to my community, to make it better and stronger. It has become my life’s calling and my passion. This tenet is central to my life and to how Rebeca and I are raising Guillermo. My primary goal in running for City Commissioner is to put my skills and knowledge to work for our community and improve it for the betterment of all. Together, we can build a better Harlingen para todos.