By: Ariana Garcia / Statesman
The Round Rock Chamber on Tuesday honored former State Rep. Larry Gonzales, R-Round Rock, presenting him an award in recognition of his contributions to the city.
“I’m honored to have served and we did some pretty good stuff, but at some point it’s time to go home,” Gonzales said after receiving the honor. “I appreciate everything the Chamber and the city and everyone that has done so much for me, and I’m proud to be a small part of this history.”
Mayor Craig Morgan also presented Gonzales a letter of recognition in which he noted the legislator’s efforts in influencing legislation that would allow Round Rock’s future opening of the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center.
“Larry’s tireless efforts at the state Capitol of compassion, fairness and (a) common sense business approach all on behalf of Round Rock and District 52 has helped keep Round Rock thriving year in and year out,” Morgan said. “Your hard work and dedication to the city of Round Rock and residents is truly appreciated.”
Gonzales began his career as employee of the Legislator in 1993 and retired in June 2018. During his tenure as a state representative, he was appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve as chairman of the Sunset Advisory Commission, in which he oversaw the restructuring of 24 state agencies.
Gonzales was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. He served on the House Appropriations Committee three times, twice serving as subcommittee chairman and as a budget conference, making him one of only five House members to write the final version of the 2016-17 and 2018-19 state budgets, according to a Chamber media release.
District 52 encompasses most of Round Rock, all of Hutto and Taylor, and parts of Georgetown.
“Larry Gonzales was always a great advocate for issues relating to our community and all of House District 52,” Chamber board chair David Hays said in the release. “The business climate we enjoy today was helped along by his common-sense approach to problem solving at the state level.”