Luis Humberto LaRotta is a native born, first-generation Houstonian and veteran of the U.S. Navy. His Colombian father worked in offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and his Honduran mother worked as a bank teller in her home country. Like many other first-generation Americans, Luis LaRotta’s parents immigrated to the United States seeking to contribute to this great country and make a better life for themselves. His family joined the Northline neighborhood in House District 148, where his grandmother, aunts and uncles had resided for several years. From the time Luis was a child, drugs and crime plagued the area. Tragically, gang violence claimed the life of a teenage family member, forcing his parents to move their young family to nearby Spring.
Throughout his formative years, Luis' parents instilled in him the values of honesty, integrity, respect, compassion, and a tireless work ethic that continues to shape his life. He faithfully served in the U.S. Navy and earned a bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology under the Navy College program at Thomas Edison State University in 2006, with honors. Luis has been married to his sweetheart, Christina, for over 4 years. Together they are an invaluable and visible member of the community; volunteering many hours for veteran and political causes. They are also doting parents to four fur babies and hope to be blessed with their own children someday.
Public service has consistently played a major role in Luis' life, starting with his service in the U.S. Navy right after high school graduation. Upon arriving to basic training, he was quickly identified as a leader among his recruit peers and rose through the ranks to earn the highest title in his division of Recruit Chief Petty Officer. His division commanders later nominated him for his outstanding leadership and he was recognized as an award winner by the commanding officer during the recruit graduation ceremony. At this time, Luis accepted an opportunity to join the Navy’s most rigorous engineering program and after two years, he earned his title of Naval Nuclear Operator and served four additional years on-board the USS Nimitz in San Diego, California.
While deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom, Luis became the Reactor Department's de facto educational services liaison as he would take time from his duties to guide his fellow shipmates towards completing their undergraduate degrees as he had. Luis was honorably discharged from the Navy and still continues to find ways to serve his community. Luis spent several years fully engaged in residential real estate investments projects on the West and East coast, before deciding to return to Houston and be closer to his family.
Recognizing the vital role of leaders in our society, Luis values empowering community youth and is a committed mentor for a national non-profit organization, led by veterans and the families of the fallen, that coaches high school aged students in developing strength through character and leadership skills. In his day to day life, Luis works in the civilian energy sector, operates a small business, is a current board member for the Houston Clean City Commission and a leader in his political caucus. By volunteering his time and effort, Luis continues to consistently work to make the community he lives in a better place for our veterans, our youth, and our neighbors. He would be honored to continue this tradition of service as the Texas State Representative for House District 148.
House District 148 deserves to have a voice, a Representative who will fight for you, fight for real change, and fight for a better community for your families. Help Luis get elected by volunteering for his campaign, blockwalking, phonebanking, donating, and telling everyone in the District to get out and vote for Luis LaRotta for State Rep District 148.
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