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Frank M. Tejeda


Frank M. Tejeda

Frank Tejeda was born in San Antonio, Texas.  He attended St. Leo´s Catholic School and Harlandale H.S.  From 1963 to 1967, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was wounded in action while serving in Vietnam.  In 1970, he graduated from St. Mary's University in San Antonio. Frank Tejeda  received a J.D. degree in 1974 from the University of California School of Law at Berkeley and was admitted to the bar.  He served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1976 to 1987, and in the Texas Senate from 1987 to 1993.   He continued his education while serving in the State Legislature.  While there he received an M.A. in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1980, and an LL.M. from Yale University School of Law in 1989.  

In 1992, Frank Tejeda was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas´ 28th District with 87% of the vote.  In Congress, he continued his support of issues affecting veterans, as he did earlier in the Texas Legislature, where he supported bills to build housing for veterans.  In his first term in Congress, he was assigned to the Armed Services and Veterans´ Affairs Committees.  

Congressman Frank Tejeda died on January 30, 1997, after battling brain cancer for more than a year.  He was buried with full military honors at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.  At least 60 members of Congress were among those who filled the church. Texas National Guard F-16s flew in the missing man formation over the gravesite of the San Antonio Marine veteran of the Vietnam War.