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Roy Barrera, Jr.

Roy R. Barrera Jr.

Chairman of the Republican Party in Bexar County, Texas
In office

Born January 25, 1952
San Antonio, Texas, USA
Spouse(s) Sally Barrera
Alma mater St. Mary's University School of Law
Occupation Attorney

Roy R. Barrera, Jr. (born January 25, 1952), is an attorney in his native San Antonio, Texas, who served from 1992 to 2004 as the Bexar County Republican chairman and was his party's unsuccessful nominee for state attorney general in the 1986 general election against the Democrat James Albon Maddox, Jr. A 1975 graduate of St. Mary's University Law School in San Antonio, Barrera practices in the firm Nicholas and Barrera.

Barrera is the second of five children of Roy Barrera Sr. (born January 30, 1927), and the former Maria del Carmen Zendejas (1924-2015), who was born at what is now the Quarry Shopping Center in San Antonio.[1] The senior Barrera served in 1968 as Texas secretary of state under appointment of then Democratic Governor John Connally, who switched parties in 1973.

Mattox only narrowly won a second term as attorney general. Though Barrera is Hispanic, a majority of Hispanics voted for the Anglo Democrat Mattox. Webb County (Laredo), for instance, one of the most Hispanic and Democratic enclaves in the state backed Mattox over Barrera. Prior to the attorney general's race, Barrera served as a state district court judge from 1982 to 1986. Along with Tom Rickhoff, David Peeples, and David Berchelmann, Barrera was among the first Republicans in Bexar County elected to state court judgeships since Reconstruction.[2] As Bexar County chairman, Barrera was allied with former U.S. President George W. Bush. He was also a fundraiser for the San Antonio GOP.

In 2007, Barrera endorsed Francisco Canseco, a former Laredoan who sought the Republican nomination to challenge 23rd District Democratic U.S. Representative Ciro Rodriguez of San Antonio. Canseco lost the primary in 2008 to Lyle Larson, who was then defeated by the incumbent Rodriguez. In 2010, however, Canseco won the Republican nomination and then narrowly unseated Rodriguez in the general election. He served only one term until his own defeat in 2012 at the hands of Democrat Pete Gallego. In 2018, Canseco fared poorly in another congressional campaign in District 21 against Chip Roy.


  1. Carmen Barrera obituary. San Antonio Express-News (February 26, 2015). Retrieved on February 20, 2019.
  2. Bexar County Republican History. Retrieved on February 20, 2019.