Jose Aliseda is a rancher, businessman and attorney who has spent much of his life in public service. He has served as a member of the JAG Corps in the U.S. Navy, as county attorney and county judge in Bee County, and as a State Legislator representing District 35 which consists of Atascosa, Bee, Goliad, Jim Wells, Jim Wells, Karnes, Live Oak and McMullen counties.
As Bee county attorney in the early 1990s, Aliseda’s efforts against corruption caught the attention of then President George Bush who personally invited him to join the Republican Party. Aliseda agreed and then surprised the South Texas political establishment by being overwhelmingly reelected as a proud new member of the Republican Party.
In 1998 Aliseda was elected Bee County Judge and served in that position until 2003. He was later appointed to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles by Gov. Rick Perry where he gained a reputation as a tough but fair arbitrator on decisions affecting criminal justice.
And in 2010, Aliseda surprised almost everyone in Texas by defeating an longtime incumbent state representative by winning 53 percent of the vote in what many considered one of the biggest political upsets of the year.
As a state legislator, Jose became a leading advocate for conservative government and was named “Freshman of the Year” by groups such as the House GOP Caucus and the Texas District and County Attorneys Association. Empower Texas named him a “Taxpayer Advocate of the Year” for his fiscally responsible votes and he served on ro’con
Jose is married to Aida Aliseda and is stepfather to her three children – Valerie, Luis and Mark Villarreal.