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.
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