POLITICAL ACTIVISM & CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
Manuel Medina is a proud progressive. For the last 25 years, he has fought for our Democratic Party Values. His political activism began at The University of Texas at Austin where he volunteered and helped elect the 1st openly LGBT member of the Texas Legislature. He then joined forces with pro-immigrant rights groups on campus to stop Proposition 187 legislation from passing at the State Capitol. And before graduating, he organized students in support of diversity at the UT Law School and protection of the Rio Grande / Rio Bravo River.
After college, Manuel helped elect Progressive Democrats across the United States. He has worked for local, state, and national candidates. He has also worked for state organizations like the 21st Century Democrats and national organizations like the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Manuel was elected Chairman of the Bexar County Democratic Party in 2012. He is the most Progressive Chairman in the history of the local party. He led the grassroots operation that is credited with passage of Pre-K for SA. He partnered with CAUSA to help pass our city’s Non-Discrimination Ordinance. He personally championed our local policy that Police Officers are NOT Immigration Officers. And, he organized local Veterans in support of the Texas Hazelwood Act.
Earlier this month, Manuel presented his 2018 Progressive Agenda and it includes: 1) Medicare for All at County Hospitals; 2) Living Wage, $15 SA Minimum Wage; 3) ACCD Debt Free Tuition; 4) Clean Dream Act #NODreamNODeal, and 5) Public Financing for Municipal Election.
LIVING THE AMERICAN DREAM
Medina was born on the Southside (a little further south than most), in Torreón, México. At the age of three, he and his mother crossed the Rio Grande into McAllen, Texas.
Growing up, Manuel was motivated to succeed by his mother’s work ethic and her drive to provide. She continues to be the most inspirational person in his life today.
Interests in math and science led Medina to attend the University of Southern California where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering.
In 1993, he was accepted and enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin's Graduate Engineering School. He later graduated with a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Minor in Engineering Entrepreneurship. He was elected President of the Graduate Engineering Council and was a candidate for UT Student Body President in 1995.
In 1996, Manuel returned to San Antonio and helped elect United States Congressman Ciro Rodriguez. His success at electing local, state and federal candidates led him to form Professional Campaign Services, a political consulting and public relations firm.
In 2006, he merged his love for engineering and his passion for politics into a successful call center business MEDINA Call Center Technologies. What began with five phone bankers making political calls, evolved into a 500-station operation that manages inbound/outbound customer service calls.
In 2012, he filed to run for the office of Bexar County Democratic Party Chair. Never the political insider, he ran an uphill battle against the Party’s entrenched special interests. He succeeded by standing firm for the rights of working families, the fight for social justice and a commitment to San Antonio values.
In 2016, Manuel led local Democrats to a PERFECT RECORD “25-0”.
Manuel and his wife Janeth Soto Ayoub live with their daughters Michelle Marie (9) and Sara Sophia (4). In December they celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary.