Jaime Resendez was elected to the Dallas City Council in May 2019. He was born and raised in the Pleasant Grove area of Southeast Dallas. Like many others, he grew up in an economically disadvantaged household. His parents worked hard to make a living, but still struggled to make ends meet.
Every school that Jaime attended is in Southeast Dallas: R.C. Buckner, Julius Dorsey, E.B. Comstock and Skyline High School. With no money for college, he enlisted in the U.S. Army before graduating from high school and served for eight years as an engineer, including a year-long tour of duty in Baghdad, Iraq. The realities of war made him really appreciate our country and the opportunities it affords.
Upon returning from Iraq, Jaime went on to earn degrees with honors from Eastfield Community College and the University of North Texas at Dallas, and then a law degree from The University of Texas School of Law. He has been recognized with numerous awards, medals, and scholarships throughout his military and educational careers.
In 2016, Jaime was elected to serve on the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees and is credited with being the driving force behind the creation of the new dual language School for the Talented and Gifted in Pleasant Grove and successfully advocating for a new $30M school building for Nathaniel Hawthorne Elementary School. He is also a strong supporter of the ACE program, which dramatically improved student achievement at Edward Titche and Annie Webb Blanton elementary schools, with students at Blanton outperforming students in Highland Park. He is committed to bringing that same kind of impactful success to the City of Dallas and District 5.
Jaime is currently a practicing attorney.