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Document Details


Title: Pena, Emil
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Texas, Arlington. Central Library. Special Collections Department
Collection: Tejano Voices: University of Texas at Arlington Center for Mexican American Studies Oral History Project
Description: Peña talks about his college education in political science and history at Texas A & M University in Kingsville, Texas, where he earned his undergraduate degree. He also tells about his one year of law school at St. Mary's University in San Antonio and earning his graduate degree in Environmental Management at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Peña discusses the training in political management he received at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs in Austin, Texas. He elaborates upon his work experiences in public relations and government management with oil and gas energy companies, and he talks about his work with Miller Brewing Company as a lobbyist. Peña gives details about establishing his own private public relations firm, Emil T. Peña Interests, Inc. He talks about working for Lloyd Bentsen and he comments on the positive impact Mr. Bentsen had on his political thinking and philosophy. Peña explains the important role Al Brown played as his mentor in the lobbying process in national and local politics. He tells about establishing an educational foundation that incorporates oil and gas explorations with environmental concerns for the purpose of instruction in the schools, and he speaks to the importance of mentoring as an effective way to get young people trained for the work force. Peña concludes the interview with a discussion weighing the advantages and disadvantages of personal allegiance to a single political party agenda as opposed to maintaining one's independence from such commitment.
Extent: 69 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_077.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1998 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Pena, Emil, 1954-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1954
Speaker place of birth: Texas; United States; North America
Age at speaking: 44
Document location: Houston, TX
Document date: 19-Jun-1998
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: Texas A&M University, College Station, TX; University of Texas, San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
Locations discussed: Austin, TX; Houston, TX; North America; San Antonio, TX; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Austin, TX; Degrees, Academic; Education; Education, Higher; Hispanic American business enterprises; Hispanic Americans--Texas; History; Houston, TX; Law; Lobbyists; Mentoring; North America; Oral history; Political science; Public relations; Public schools; San Antonio, TX; Texas; Texas A&M University, College Station, TX; United States; University of Texas, San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000233-178