About This Place
Lorena is a small city in McLennan County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,433 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Waco Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Lorena acquired national attention at the 1988 Democratic National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, where the keynote address was delivered by then state treasurer and later Governor Ann Richards. As she called for the election of Governor Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts and then U.S. Senator Lloyd M. Bentsen of Texas as President and Vice President of the United States, Richards read a letter from an unnamed young mother in Lorena who described herself as "forgotten" by the national leadership.
According to Richards, the woman wrote: