About Carmen Maria Montiel
Born in Venezuela, Carmen became a Texan by choice, migrating to the U.S. legally 30 years ago. For more than 20 years, she helped develop and grow a family owned medical practice in District 29, and Houston is where she chose to live and start a family. Being born and raised in Houston, her children have received the same type of upbringing Carmen knew as a child, putting faith and family above all, and have learned to cherish the God givenLiberty and opportunity we enjoy as Texans and as Americans.
Sadly, Carmen has seen the country where she was born squandered by liberal and corrupt political leaders. Once a regional economic power built on a culture of family values, Venezuela fell to the false promises of socialism. That’s why Carmen became very concerned by the direction of our great country
Children Alexandra Lechin, Carmen Maria Lechin, Juan Diego Lechin
under the leftist policies of Barack Obama, and alarmed at the prospect of a Hillary Clinton presidency.
Carmen’s background and experience have uniquely prepared her to represent the people of District 29, a majority Hispanic district that has never had a leader that represents the core values and bests interests of the Hispanic community. The Hispanic culture by nature is conservative, with an underlying emphasis on faith and family.
Like many young women of her generation, Carmen aspired to achieve and excel in life. After years of study and hard work, in 1984, she won the Miss Venezuela and Miss South America pageants, and earned Second Runner-up for Miss Universe. In that position, Carmen served as a role model and ambassador to millions of people, especially young woman, who aspire to realize their dreams through hard work, personal responsibility, and individual achievement.
This led Carmen to a career in journalism, including as a TV journalist and news anchorwoman in Houston’s Hispanic media market, where she has had the opportunity to listen to those in this community and to give them a voice. Her role as a journalist also has given her a platform to make the case effectively for conservative values, including strong borders and the rule of law, as a means of security and opportunity for the Hispanic Community. Carmen hosts a conservative online radio program to discuss current affairs, and she regularly appears on Spanish language programs making the case for conservative policies.
Carmen is the mother of three children, with whom she attends church regularly, and has volunteered and served on numerous boards in support of community based organizations. Carmen has a Degree in Broadcast Journalism from East Tennessee State University, and she has won numerous awards for her journalist accomplishments.
Life has not been without its challenges. Carmen found herself in a difficult marriage, where she was a victim of abuse, made worse by false allegations that became public headlines. Never one to give up, Carmen fought back not only to clear her good name but to win justice for herself, for her children, and to set an example for other victims. This experience renewed Carmen’s appreciation for the Constitutional rights and Liberties we enjoy as Texans and as American, like no where else in the world. It also proved that Carmen is someone who will not back down from a challenge, or assume the role of a victim, but rather who will take up a fight when necessary to win for herself and for others.
A Fighter and a Winner!
Many Americans are tired of politicians who go to Washington to make friends, not to make a difference for the people who elected them. Throughout her life, Carmen has worked hard, stayed true to her faith, and fought and won for her family and for her community.
In 2017, America made substantial progress towards undoing the damage of eight years of failed leadership. However, the fight to restore our Liberty and opportunity is far from over. Carmen will take that fight to Washington DC, for her children, and for the people of Congressional District 29.