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Truán, Carlos (1935-)
Eva Midobuche & Alfredo H. Benavides
Carlos Truán is a former Texas senator who wrote House Bill 103, which became the Texas Bilingual Education Act of 1969, one of the first state bilingual measures in the country. He was born in Kingsville, Texas, on June 9, 1935, during the Great Depression; his single mother raised him and his siblings. The family was among the earliest settlers of the community. With his mother's encouragement, Truán worked hard at attaining an education in a segregated environment. As a young man, he held various jobs to contribute to the support of the family and pay for his college education. In 1959, he graduated from Texas A&I (now Texas A&M) University with a bachelor's degree in business administration. After graduating from college, Truán moved to Corpus Christi and started a career in the insurance industry. There, he became active in the community, which led to an appointment on the Texas ...