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Former Rep. Verónica Gonzáles, D-McAllen, among 24 renowned area residents who have applied for one of seven vacant powerful positions on the Board of Directors for the Edinburg EDC

Former Rep. Verónica Gonzáles, D-McAllen, among 24 renowned area residents who have applied for one of seven vacant powerful positions on the Board of Directors for the Edinburg EDC - Titans of the Texas Legislature

Featured: Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, front row, second from left, and former Rep. Verónica Gonzáles, D-McAllen, front row, second from right, who currently serves as Vice President for Governmental and Community Relations, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. This image was taken on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, during the grand opening of the UT Health RGV Pediatric Specialty Clinic, located at 4150 Crosspoint Boulevard in Edinburg.

Photograph By ALEX RÍOS

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Sen. Hinojosa, the primary author of Senate Bill 24, which created UTRGV and its School of Medicine, calls the graduation of the first group of 39 medical students a “truly historic moment” for the region

Sen. Hinojosa, the primary author of Senate Bill 24, which created UTRGV and its School of Medicine, calls the graduation of the first group of 39 medical students a “truly historic moment” for the region - Titans of the Texas Legislature

Featured: Dr. Leonel Vela, Senior Associate Dean for Educational Resources, and Senior Associate Vice President for Education, School of Medicine, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, addresses the inaugural Class of 2020 of its 39 graduates on Saturday, May 9, 2020, as part of a virtual ceremony which took place on the Internet.

Photograph Courtesy UTRGV SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

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Ingenuity and courage of DHR Health physicians, nurses, and staff, along with vital community support, helped overcome “uncertainty” and “fear of the unknown”, during the beginning of COVID-19 in the Valley and nation, reflects a top medical leader

Ingenuity and courage of DHR Health physicians, nurses, and staff, along with vital community support, helped overcome “uncertainty” and “fear of the unknown”, during the beginning of COVID-19 in the Valley and nation, reflects a top medical leader - Titans of the Texas Legislature

Featured, from left: Maritza Padilla, Vice President, Rehabilitation Services, DHR Health; Saroja Viswamitra, MD, DHR Health Rehabilitation Hospital; and Robert D. Martínez, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Chief Physician Executive, DHR Health. This image was taken on Thursday, September 26, 2019, immediately following the news conference and grand opening for the DHR Health Aquatic Therapy Institute, located at 2001 South Cynthia Street, Suite E, McAllen.

Photograph Courtesy DHR HEALTH

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Former Rep. Lloyd Criss, D-Galveston, who helped Valley lawmakers abolish “slavery” of farmworkers during the 1980s, passes away at age 79

Featured: Rep. Lloyd Criss, D-Galveston, a longtime and former state lawmaker who helped champion the Labor movement, including helping secure rights for farm workers, addresses a joint session of the Texas Legislature in this image taken in the mid-1980s on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives. Also in this photograph, seated from left, are: Texas Speaker of the House Gib Lewis, D-Ft. Worth; U.S. Speaker of the House Jim Wright, D-Ft. Worth; Gov. Bill Clements; and Rita Clements, who served as a member of the University of Texas System Board of Regents. Criss passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2020.

Featured: Rep. Lloyd Criss, D-Galveston, a longtime and former state lawmaker who helped champion the Labor movement, including helping secure rights for farmworkers, addresses a joint session of the Texas Legislature in this image taken in the mid-1980s on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives. Also in this photograph, seated from left, are Texas Speaker of the House Gib Lewis, D-Ft. Worth; U.S. Speaker of the House Jim Wright, D-Ft. Worth; Gov. Bill Clements; and Rita Clements, who served as a member of the University of Texas System Board of Regents. Criss passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2020.

Photograph By HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHY

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Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas finds journalists putting new Texas public records law to the test, reports City Attorney Omar Ochoa

Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas finds journalists putting new Texas public records law to the test, reports City Attorney Omar Ochoa - Titans of the Texas Legislature

Featured, from left: Edinburg City Attorney Omar Ochoa; Johnny Rodríguez, a former Chairman of the Board of Directors, Edinburg Chamber of Commerce; Carlos Jasso; former Edinburg Mayor Joe Ochoa; Marsha Green (in white top); Precinct 4 Hidalgo County Commissioner Ellie Torres (with pearl necklace); and standing at the table, Velinda Reyes and Leticia Sáenz. This image was taken on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, during the grand opening ceremony for the District Office of Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, which is located at the Edinburg Depot, 602 W. University Drive.

Photograph By NAYELI ZENTEÑO

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Sen. Hinojosa, Sen. Lucio, Sen. Zaffirini named to Senate working groups to study challenges to face 87th Texas Legislature regarding COVID-19

Sen. Hinojosa, Sen. Lucio, Sen. Zaffirini named to Senate working groups to study challenges to face 87th Texas Legislature regarding COVID-19 - Titans of the Texas Legislature

Featured, seated from left: Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville; Dr. René Gutiérrez, Superintendent, Brownsville Independent School District; and Minerva Peña, President, Board of Trustees, Brownsville Independent School District. This image was taken on Monday, April 13, 2020, in the BISD Boardroom, as part of a virtual conference call with state and local education leaders, including from Austin, Mike Morath, Commissioner of Education, and area residents.

Photograph Courtesy BROWNSVILLE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

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PhD in Human Genetics program at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley ready for action by UT System Board of Regents, announces Rep. Canales

PhD in Human Genetics program at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley ready for action by UT System Board of Regents, announces Rep. Canales - phd - Titans of the Texas Legislature

Featured, from left: Nolan Pérez, MD, Member, Board of Regents, The University of Texas System; Dr. Guy Bailey, President, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; Sen. Juan Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen; Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg; UTRGVs mascot The Vaquero” (Cowboy); Rep. Armando Mando” Martínez, D-Weslaco; Verónica Gonzáles, Vice President for Governmental and Community Relations, UTRGV; and John H. Krouse, MD, PhD, MBA, Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, Dean, School of Medicine, UTRGV. This image was taken at the UTRGV campus in Edinburg on Monday, October 21, 2019 to announce that the UTRGV School of Medicine, in partnership with the Honors College, had created a new early-assurance, pre-med program for high school students throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

Photograph By JENNIFER GALINDO

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Measure defeated in 2019 that would have banned local governments from using public funds to lobby the Texas Legislature, reports Omar Ochoa

Measure defeated in 2019 that would have banned local governments from using public funds to lobby the Texas Legislature, reports Omar Ochoa - texas legislature - Titans of the Texas Legislature

Featured, from left: McAllen City Commissioner Javier Villalobos; McAllen City Commissioner Tania Ramírez; and Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D-Mission.  Muñoz’ House District 36 includes 25 percent of the City of McAllen, 70 percent of the City of Mission, and 76 percent of the City of Pharr. This image was taken on Thursday, January 16, 2020, at the Pharr Events Center during the State of the City Address by Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Hernández, MD.

Photograph By PETER SALINAS

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The Food Bank RGV deserves federal funds to help meet demands, which have soared by 195 percent, contends South Texas state legislative delegation

The Food Bank RGV deserves federal funds to help meet demands, which have soared by 195 percent, contends South Texas state legislative delegation - Food Bank RGV - Titans of the Texas Legislature

Featured, from left: Stuart Haniff, CEO of the Food Bank of Rio Grande Valley, Inc.; Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg; and Erica E. Canales. This image was taken on Thursday, April 16, 2020, as the South Texas lawmaker and his wife presented a donation of $21,570, collected from 180 donors, including $5,000 from Rep. Canales, and $2,500 apiece from Rep. Armando “Mando” Martínez, D-Weslaco, and Rep. Eddie Lucio, III, D-Brownsville. The money will provide 107,850 much-needed meals for families and individuals in deep South Texas.

Photograph By KARLA PONCE

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Alonzo Cantú selected by Gov. Abbott to serve on Special Advisory Council that will help guide the safe and strategic restarting of Texas economy

Alonzo Cantú selected by Gov. Abbott to serve on Special Advisory Council that will help guide the safe and strategic restarting of Texas economy

Featured, from left: Achal Patel, MD, Brain and Spine Neurosurgery, DHR Health; Robert David Martínez, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Physician Executive, DHR Health; Juan Padilla, MD, Chief of Neuroscience, DHR Health; and Alonzo Cantú, Member, Board of Managers, DHR Health. This image was taken during the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the DHR Health Aquatic Therapy Institute, located at 2001 South Cynthia Street, Suite E in McAllen, on Thursday, September 26, 2019.

Photograph Courtesy DHR HEALTH

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