FEATURED: Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, addresses participants during the 25th Annual League of United Latin America Citizens’ (LULAC) Legislative Awards Gala, held at the Hamilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Friday, March 17, 2022. The South Texas lawmaker participated in the induction of one of his great-uncles, JoséTomásCanales, into the LULAC Hall of Fame. José TomásCanales, a founder of LULAC, was a prominent civil rights leader who led the 1919 investigation into the Texas Rangers for their actions during the 1910s, in particular the massacre of 15 unarmed ethnic Mexican men and boys.
FEATURED, FROM LEFT: McAllen natives and brothers Dr. Macaulay Ojeaga and Dr. Patrick Ojeaga posed together on Saturday, May 8, 2021, on the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Brownsville Campus, during their graduation from the UTRGV School of Medicine. Patrick is now a resident physician at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and Macaulay is now at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.
FEATURED: On Friday, May 6, 2021, at his Capitol office in Austin, Rep. Armando “Mando” Martínez, D-Weslaco, points at the slogan on his face covering – “Good Trouble” – made famous by Congressman John Lewis (1940-2020). Lewis said: “Speak up, speak out, get in the way. Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and help redeem the soul of America.” In 2019 and 2021, Martínez, supported by the Rio Grande Valley state representative delegation, passed a plan in the House of Representatives to create a public state law school in the Rio Grande Valley. Both times, that plan died in the Texas Senate.
FEATURED, FROM LEFT: Rep. R.D. “Bobby” Guerra, D-McAllen, congratulates Edinburg Assistant Chief of Police Peter De la Garza on his retirement during a ceremony held on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at the Bert Ogden Arena. De la Garza is the longest-serving police officer and assistant chief in the history of the Edinburg Police Department. During his tenure, De la Garza was appointed four times as Interim Police Chief and has proven to be an exemplary leader, supervising hundreds of officers, leading task forces, and investigations. De la Garza and his wife, Alma, live in Guerra’s House District 41.
FEATURED: Alfredo Martínez, Sr., 81, whose one of two sons is Rep. Armando “Mando” Martínez, D-Weslaco, was laid to rest on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at Highland Memorial Park in Weslaco. Alfredo Martínez, Sr. passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2022.
FEATURED, FROM LEFT: Jesse Ozuna, Vice President, Public Affairs, Texas Regional Bank; Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortéz; Hidalgo County Precinct 2 Commissioner Eduardo “Eddie” Cantú; Roberto Haddad, Vice President and Counsel for Government Affairs and Policy, DHR Health; and Jamison Merrick, Assistant Director, Office of Organizational & Strategic Excellence, City of Pharr. This image was taken on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at the Hope Family Health Center, which is located at 2332 Jordan Road in McAllen.