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José Tomás Canales (1877-1975), civil rights leader, a great-uncle of Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, inducted into LULAC Hall of Fame

José Tomás Canales (1877-1975), civil rights leader, a great-uncle of Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, inducted into LULAC Hall of Fame - José Tomás Canales - Titans of the Texas Legislature

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.

Photograph Courtesy REP. TERRY CANALES FACEBOOK

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Dr. Patrick Ojeaga, former University of Texas Rio Grande Valley medical school graduate, former UT System student regent, and a Rio Grande Valley native, reflects on learning experiences

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, 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.

Photograph By DAVID PIKE

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St. Mary’s University School of Law launches fully online J.D. program accredited by the ABA designed to provide access to Valley residents

St. Mary’s University School of Law launches fully online J.D. program accredited by the ABA designed to provide access to Valley residents - Titans of the Texas Legislature

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.

Photography Courtesy REP. ARMANDO “MANDO” MARTÍNEZ FACEBOOK

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“Heroes don’t always wear capes” – Legislators, community leaders honor Assistant Chief of Police Peter De la Garza of Edinburg upon his retirement

“Heroes don’t always wear capes” – Legislators, community leaders honor Assistant Chief of Police Peter De la Garza of Edinburg upon his retirement - Peter De la Garza - Titans of the Texas Legislature

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.

Photograph Courtesy CITY OF EDINBURG FACEBOOK

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“Heaven gained a loving angel,” Rep. Martínez pays tribute to his father, Alfredo Martínez, Sr., 81, who passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2022

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: 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.

Photograph Courtesy REP. ARMANDO MARTÍNEZ FACEBOOK

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DHR Health, Hidalgo County among most generous financial supporters for Hope Family Health Center, which provides free medical care for uninsured and indigent area residents

DHR Health, Hidalgo County among most generous financial supporters for Hope Family Health Center, which provides free medical care for uninsured and indigent area residents - Hope Family Health Center - Titans of the Texas Legislature

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.

Photograph Courtesy HOPE FAMILY HEALTH CENTER

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