Representative James Talarico is a former education non-profit leader and public school teacher elected to serve Texas House District 52.
He was born in Williamson County, where he attended Round Rock ISD schools and graduated from McNeil High School. Rep. Talarico earned his bachelor’s degree in Government from The University of Texas at Austin and his master’s degree in Education Policy from Harvard University.
Upon graduation, Rep. Talarico taught at 6th grade Rhodes Middle School on the westside of San Antonio. He later became the Central Texas Executive Director for Reasoning Mind, a nonprofit dedicated to equipping classrooms with innovative technology.
Elected in 2018 as a Run for Something endorsed candidate, he currently serves as the youngest member of the Texas Legislature, sitting on both the Public Education Committee and the Juvenile Justice and Family Issues Committee. In his first term, Rep. Talarico helped write historic school finance reform legislation that infused Texas schools with $11.6 billion in new education funding.
Outside of his role as a legislator, Rep. Talarico works for MAYA Consulting, crafting and implementing education solutions across Texas.