I’m Irene Armendariz, candidate for U.S. Congress District 16 in El Paso, Texas. A wife to a Border Patrol Agent and Veteran, a mother, a grandmother, a small business owner, and a first-generation American to Mexican immigrants; naturalized citizens, and a firm believer in the American dream.
It is time for the voiceless to be heard. It is time for Truth and Justice to prevail.
Economy, Jobs, And Opportunity
Every job is essential and every job feeds someone.
- It is time to get El Paso to the front of the line for jobs with USMCA in effect.
- Continue the fight to help restore manufacturing in El Paso to open the door for opportunities for the largest bilingual, binational workforce in North America to help local businesses identify international trade opportunities and attract foreign investments.
- Promote partnerships and opportunities with local businesses
Our national sovereignty depends on having clearly defined, secure borders.
- I will give agents on the frontlines the support, equipment, and training to fulfill their oath to protect and secure our borders.
Protecting Our Second Amendment
My stand for the Second Amendment aligns with the Constitution.
- I strongly support the right for every citizen to bear arms in the lawful defense of himself or the state.
- Any infringement on our right to bear arms is unconstitutional.
Keeping Our Promises To Our Veterans
As the wife of a Navy veteran, I am concerned that we keep our promises to our veterans. We owe them a debt of gratitude.
- I support high quality mental health care for veterans and their families.
- Ensure veterans have health care and benefits earned upon discharge.
- Identify problems within the VA and improve the quality of service care.
Defend NOT defund. Our Founding Fathers created a unique form of government rooted in the rule of law. Law enforcement officers are the thin line between order and chaos.
- Restore honor and end the vilification of innocent officers in law enforcement.
- Fund law enforcement agencies/departments to have adequate resources and manpower to fulfill their constitutional responsibility to restrain evil, and protect and serve.
End the Monopoly (No Single Payer). Health insurance should not be either mandatory or withheld from any person willing and able to purchase the plan of their choice.
- Ensure insurance companies compete for customers, lower costs, and provide higher quality service.
- Lower soaring deductibles and copays.
- Encourage a strong job market where health insurance is included.
Meet Irene Armendariz
I’m Irene, a wife to a Border Patrol Agent and Veteran, a mother to 3 beautiful daughters, a grandmother to 4 precious grandchildren, a small business owner, and a first-generation American to Mexican immigrants; naturalized citizens, and a firm believer in the American dream.
Growing Up In El Paso
A lifelong El Paso resident with deep roots in both El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, and born to Ernesto and Graciela Armendariz, Mexican immigrants who became naturalized citizens of the United States. Irene learned from them the values of faith, strong family ties, and hard work. Her father was employed in drywall construction and her mother earned both a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s in Social Work, dedicating her career to working in the Pediatrics Department at Texas Tech Medical Center. The Armendariz family did not expect anyone to give them a handout; they believed in working to create their own opportunities.
Irene and her husband, Bill, have been married for 27 years. Bill is a veteran of the United States Navy and has been with the United States Border Patrol for 24 years, serving as a Patrol Agent and as Chaplain. They have three beautiful daughters and three delightful grandchildren. As a wife, mother, and grandmother, Irene is committed to promoting strong family and moral values. Irene learned early in life the lengths parents will go to give the next generation a greater opportunity to live the American Dream, a lesson that has impacted her own family.
Irene attended public schools in El Paso and graduated from Burges High School. She received an undergraduate degree in Business Management from Howard Payne University and has earned a Master’s Degree in Government with a concentration in Law and Public Policy from Regent University.
Politics And Community
In 2018 Irene served as the Constituency Leader and Domestic Policy Advisor, while also helping with Communications and Strategic Planning for the Republican Candidate in the District 16 campaign.
Along side fighting for several policies and issues that are most important to all of us, Irene is currently working with organizations that address human trafficking, which victimizes and preys on women and children, the most vulnerable among us. She is enthusiastically building partnerships between government and the faith community and providing much needed resources for those struggling during these unprecedented times in our community.
An Advocate For Small And Local Business
As a realtor and small business owner, Irene understands the value of economic freedom for both employees and employers. Irene’s experience on both sides of the check has made her uniquely qualified to advocate for lower taxes, deregulation, and protecting the American Dream.