Tony Quinones grew up in Northeast El Paso, Texas. Adopted as a malnourished infant from an orphanage in South Korea by a Puerto Rican serving in the U.S. Army and a Korean National, Tony became an American Citizen along with his adoptive mother at three years old. His beginnings helped shape his outlook on the world and his understanding that in this country, hard work and dedication can lead a person to limitless accomplishments.
Tony learned how to fight (literally) as a martial artist at a young age as a result of having returned home from school after being bullied and beaten up. After some time and practice, he would compete in tournaments, teach classes, and even perform demonstrations at charitable events. He managed to win over 150 trophies by the time he was 18 years old. Martial arts would eventually come to help mold his personality and teach him leadership, public speaking, competitive spirit, and physical fitness many of these qualities would serve him in adulthood.
Upon his High School graduation, in 1994, Tony enlisted in the United States Navy. He served onboard three ships and two training commands achieving the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer (E8) while also earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management on his way to a successful 20 year career. As his time in the military drew to a close, Tony felt the need to return to his home state to be closer to family and to raise their two children in the great state of Texas, he moved to San Antonio summer of 2014. Since being in San Antonio, he’s worked for a variety of utility support companies and a short stint with the Department of Family Services in the adoptions division. He is currently seeking his Graduate Degree in Sports Management from Liberty University. However, his love lies with the nonprofit he started along with close family friends. Tony currently helps direct Project Phoenix in providing tutoring, counseling, and coaching to young ladies 6-18 in their pursuit to become collegiate softball players.
Tony Quinones relishes the every opportunity and to help others achieve their potential, improve himself, and to fight the odds. His need for serving others has been a common thread throughout his life. Running for The Texas House of Representatives is not about making a name for himself or increasing business opportunities, it’s about representing his district with the same professionalism, courage, and ambition as he has approached every other endeavor in his life!
Here are a few pictures of Tony and those important in his life to give you a personal look into his life: