FEATURED, FROM LEFT: Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, and Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D-Mission, recite the Pledge of Allegiance on Thursday, November 11, 2020 during the City of Pharr’s groundbreaking ceremony for its Wellness and Innovation Complex, located at 1121 E. Nolana Loop.
FEATURED: Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, Chair, House Committee on Transportation, accepts the first-time Scenic Star award from Sarah Tober, Executive Director of Scenic Texas, at the State Capitol in January 2020. The statewide honor, presented to the House District 40 legislator before COVID-19 public health conditions, including face coverings and social distancing, took place in the state, was in recognition of his role in helping lead the passage of Senate Bill 357 during the 86th Texas Legislature in 2019. Senate Bill 357, which became a state law in September 2019, allows billboard advertisements to continue without doing undue harm to the environment and landscape next to the state highway system.
Featured: The legislative and district staff members for Rep. R.D. “Bobby” Guerra, D-McAllen, during the ongoing 87th Texas Legislature are, top row from left: Stephanie Chiarello of Austin, Chief of Staff; Stacie Morales of Edinburg, Legislative Director; and Marco Benítez of Edinburg, Legislative Aide. Bottom row from left, are: Jasmine Owen of Cedar Park, Legislative Aide; Leonardo García of Houston, Legislative Assistant; and Julían Ramírez of Mission, Legislative Assistant.
Featured, from left: Alonzo Cantú, Member, Board of Regents, University of Houston System, President and CEO, Cantú Construction, and Member, Board of Managers, DHR Health, with John Sharp, Chancellor, The Texas A&M University System, who also is former Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, on Monday, October 21, 2019. The two-state leaders were participating in Founders’ Day, the first-anniversary celebration of the Texas A&M Higher Education Center at McAllen, 6200 Tres Lagos Boulevard.
Featured, standing from left: Rep. Óscar Longoria, D-La Joya, and Rep. Eddie Lucio, III, D-Brownsville, join their 148 fellow state representatives in taking the oath of office on the Texas House of Representatives House Chamber on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.
Featured: Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, is flanked by Texas Department of Public Safety troopers on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, in front of the Texas Capitol in Austin. “This afternoon, I had the opportunity to personally thank some of the Texas Department of Public Safety troopers who have helped ensure the safety of the Texas Capitol,” said Canales. “Legislators and staff have been extremely concerned about the safety of the building due to events that happened at our nation’s Capitol (on Wednesday, January 6, 2021). We are in good hands here in Texas thanks to these exceptional law enforcement officers.”
Featured, front row, from left: Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg; Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina; Rep. R.D. “Bobby” Guerra, D-McAllen; Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen; Alex Ríos, then-Director, District Office of Rep. Canales; and Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday, March 11, 2019, at the Texas Capitol.
Featured: Mario Lizcano, Administrator of Corporate Affairs, DHR Health, was named Man of the Year 2020 by the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce. Lizcano and a few other well-deserving leaders in Edinburg were featured on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, during the 2020 Man and Woman of the Year virtual awards ceremony. The awards ceremony honored volunteerism in Edinburg. During the event, award recipients for the Man and Woman of the Year, Small Business Awards, Ambassador of the Year, and Leadership Award were recognized for their ongoing activism.
Featured: Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, with Sister Norma Pimentel, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, on Sunday, June 9, 2019, following Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Mission. On Tuesday, September 22, 2020, Sister Pimentel was selected by Time magazine to its list of “The Most 100 Influential People of 2020”. Writing for Time, Julián Castro, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, said, “Sister Pimentel has been on the front lines of mercy for three decades, supporting migrants who are seeking refuge in the U.S. along Texas’ border with Mexico. As executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, she directs efforts to provide shelter, food, sanctuary, and comfort to people often treated as less than human. Her organization has housed and assisted well over 100,000 people at the border.”
FEATURED: Carlos Cárdenas, MD, Chair, Board of Managers, DHR Health, temporarily slips off his face mask to address the Annual Office Manager 2020 Holiday Luncheon, held at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance, where all attendees met face covering, social distancing, and all other public health recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.