Retired Maj. Gen. Richard J. Noriega is the executive director for Harris County Universal Services.Prior to his time with Harris County, Noriega served in the Texas House of Representatives for over five consecutive terms and introduced and authored HB 1403, the Texas Dream Act. This law had a tremendous impact on thousands of Texas college students and has served as a blueprint for federal legislation. He has gone beyond the halls of the Texas Legislature as well as the non-profit sector and into the battleground overseas and domestically.In 1980, he served in the National Guard and Army Reserves. During his military service, he was stationed in Afghanistan to command the Kabul Military Training Center for Afghan forces during Operation Enduring Freedom. Noriega recently retired as a Major General from the Texas Army National Guard.Noriega earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Houston and earned a master's degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He received his certificate in Advanced International Affairs from the George Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University. Noriega is also a graduate of the U.S. Command & General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College Senior Service Fellowship Program at the University of Texas at Austin.A native of Houston, Noriega is the father of two sons.