Salman Bhojani is a successful business owner, attorney, and public servant raising his family here in North Texas with his wife Nima. He was elected to Euless City Council in 2018. His story may seem like that of many other Texans who work hard, seize opportunities, and build a better life for themselves. But Salman’s story is remarkable.
Born in Pakistan to a large family, Salman lived in Canada for a time before settling in the Lone Star State. Salman started out supporting his family by working at gas stations for minimum wage. He saved what he could because he had a long-term plan. A few years into his American story, Salman had become a naturalized U.S. citizen, earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas, and owned his own convenience stores. He went on to earn a law degree from Southern Methodist University and a Comparative Law Diploma from Oxford University. Salman worked at the Dallas office of international law firm Haynes and Boone LLP before founding his own firm.
“As a young person I believed, as I still do, that hard work, education, and sticking to a vision will eventually lead to success,” says Salman. “I am certainly proof that anything is possible, considering the challenges I have faced.”
After settling in Euless with his young family, Salman continued to focus on his law practice and businesses, but he also became engaged in public service. In 2018, in a campaign that made national headlines, Salman became the first minority City Council Member in Euless history. “At the time, I could see a need for more diverse leadership, more openness to new people and ideas,” Salman recalls. “I was attracted to politics to be a new voice, but also to do whatever I could to give other people the same opportunities I had to succeed.”
Having finished his tenure as Council Member for Euless, Salman Bhojani is now setting his sights on the Texas House. He plans to run as a Democrat in the 2022 cycle. “The more I can do to inspire others to overcome challenges and achieve their dreams, the better, I think,” says Salman. “We need leadership in Austin that isn’t afraid of the present and the future, that doesn’t run from the rich diversity that is increasingly defining our state. When we give opportunities to every Texan, our state is stronger and our future is more secure.”