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Vilma Luna

Trustee, Austin

Luna is currently a principal at HillCo Partners in Austin, Texas where she directs the firm’s Appropriations Practice. She draws on her years of legal and legislative experience to focus primarily on issues involving state budget and revenue, health care policy and finance, and other general government issues.

Previously, she maintained a private law practice and was a partner at the Watts Law Firm before joining HillCo Partners in 2006. She also worked as a Child Protection Services case worker prior to attending law school.

Luna represented District 33 (Corpus Christi) in the Texas House of Representatives from 1993 until 2006. She was the first Hispanic woman elected to the Texas House of Representatives from Corpus Christi. During her tenure in the House, she served on the Appropriations, Ways and Means, and Calendars committees. She was also appointed to the Legislative Budget Board.  She spearheaded legislation including state budget and tax revenue, children’s issues, special education, coastal management and protection, teacher and state employee pay raises, and health care.

Luna has won numerous awards and recognitions from professional and civic organizations, including Texas State University’s prestigious Walter Richter Humanitarian Award (1997).  Luna currently volunteers with local nonprofit organizations, her church and the Diocese of Austin.

She received her Bachelor of Social Work from Texas State University in 1979.  Luna received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Houston Law Center in 1985.