State. Rep. Naomi Gonzalez, D-El Paso (Texas House photo)
AUSTIN (March 18, 2013)--Two-term State. Rep. Naomi Gonzalez, D-El Paso, told colleagues Monday she's "deeply, deeply sorry" after her drunken driving arrest following an accident that left her, another driver and a bicyclist injured.
Gonzalez, 34, addressed the House on Monday, saying she was "grateful no one was seriously injured."
Gonzalez's voice cracked as she apologized and said "nothing like this" would happen again.
She thanked her colleagues for their "understanding."
Lawmakers responded with a standing ovation and some gave her warm hugs and high-fives.
Flowers were also left on Gonzalez's desk in the chamber.
Gonzalez, 34, was arrested early Thursday morning after the BMW she was driving rear-ended another car, which in turn struck a bicyclist.
Gonzalez was first elected to the Texas House in 2010.
She serves on a House ethics committee.