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Name: Vicente Gonzalez
Position: House (TX, 15)
Party: Democrat

Staffer: Fred Castro
Telephone: 202-225-2531
Address: 113 Cannon House Office Building

Number of Contacts: 7 ( or 0% in support)
Cosponsor in 116th: Yes

Message and Talking Points


Ericka Jones writes on 1/10/2019 at 2:56PM:
S. Poost visited this office on 1/9. No staff was available to meet so she gave them the one pager and received the cards for Chandler Smith ( and Fred Castro (

Stephanie Woodward writes on 8/30/2018 at 4:43PM:
Staffer confirmed that Rep. Gonzales would cosponsor again.

From: Castro, Fred <>
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2018 10:23 AM
To: c4ci
Subject: RE: Will the Representative commit to being an initial co-sponsor of the Disability Integration Act if elected this fall?

I can see no reason why we would not sign onto it again. Assuming of course that the legislation does not change in re-introduction.

Tim Bowman writes on 8/30/2018 at 1:12PM:
On August 30th, 2018, C4CI sent an email to Fred Castro ( asking whether Representative Gonzalez would be an initial co-sponsor of DIA if elected to the next Congress.

Stephanie Woodward writes on 6/27/2018 at 9:12AM:
Good Morning Fred,

I am writing to follow up on two visits that the Disability Community has made to Congressman Gonzalez's office. In January advocates met with you and on May 16, members of the Disability Community met with staff in the D.C. office and were directed to follow up with you.

I have attached an informational packet for you. This includes a 2 pager with an overview of the bill, a letter from the DNC supporting the Disability Integration Act, a statement from Center for American Progress endorsing the bill, a letter of support signed by hundreds of disability organizations across the nation (as well as other organizations such as the ACLU), a letter of support from Disability Rights attorneys across the nation, a letter of support from the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, and finally, a letter of support from SEIU. As you can see, the bill has widespread and consistent support from the Disability Community and beyond. It also has support from SEIU which is important as some believe that unions would oppose this bill.

Additionally, we know that Congressman Gonzalez is on the Congressional Task Force on Down Syndrome. I am happy to tell you that two of the co chairs of the Congressional Task Force on Down Syndrome support the Disability Integration Act, as well as many members of the Task Force including:

Tony C??rdenas (D-CA)
Gerald Connolly (D-VA)
John Delaney (D-MD)
Joseph Kennedy lll (D-MA)
Ted Lieu (D-CA)
Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
Doug Lamborn (R-CO)
Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY)
James McGovern (D-MA)
Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Mark Pocan (D-WI)
Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-American Samoa)
Jamie Raskin (D-MD)
C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD)
Adam Smith (D-WA)
Darren Soto (D-FL)

One fantastic benefit of the Disability Integration Act is that it will secure the civil rights of ALL disabled Americans to live in freedom. While people with Down Syndrome will certainly benefit, so will every other disabled American.

I hope this email has provided you with enough information to have a discussion with the Congressman to see if he will cosponsor the Disability Integration Act. I will be in D.C. today and tomorrow (6/27 and 6/28) and would be happy to stop in to discuss this bill further.

Thank you,

Stephanie Woodward, J.D.
Director of Advocacy
Center for Disability Rights

Ericka Jones writes on 5/23/2018 at 1:35PM:
ADAPT met with Fred Castro and Mark Footerman in this office on May 16th. They were going to speak with the representative and told ADAPT members they could follow up with them any time by phone or email. It was a very promising meeting.

Follow up Fred Castro:

Bruce Darling writes on 9/27/2017 at 3:30PM:
On September 27th, ADAPT members - as part of the Fall Action Hill Day - provided the office with information about the Disability Integration Act and asked that the Member of Congress cosponsor this legislation.

Bruce Darling writes on 5/17/2017 at 4:45PM:
On May 17th, ADAPT members - as part of the Spring Action Hill Day - provided the office with information about the Disability Integration Act and asked that the Member of Congress cosponsor this legislation.

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