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Sen. Hinojosa named “2019 Senator of the Year” by the Texas State Association of Fire Fighters

Sen. Hinojosa named “2019 Senator of the Year” by the Texas State Association of Fire Fighters 1

Featured, from left: Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, Hidalgo County Commissioner Precinct 4 Ellie Torres, and Lorena Sáenz González, wife of Congressman Vicente González, during the third annual Christmas Bash & Toy Drive, hosted by the González family on Monday evening, December 2, 2019, at the Embassy Suites in McAllen.

Photograph By ISMAEL GARCÍA

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Sen. Zaffirini: New laws take effect with the new year, including court costs reform, taxpayer protections

Sen. Zaffirini: New laws take effect with the new year, including court costs reform, taxpayer protections 2

Featured: The 2020 Senator Judith Zaffirini Teachers’ College Student Loan Debt Grant Award recipients are, front row, left to right: Gloria S. Becerra, United Independent School District; Dr. Carolyn M. Schmies, representing Prakash K. Mansinghani (’10, ’11), Laredo College; Dr. Gilberto Martínez, Texas A&M International University, Laredo; Sandy Webb (’13), St. Augustine Catholic School; and Rebecca Mendoza (’12), Laredo Independent School District. Back row: Dr. Minita Ramírez, Vice President for Student Success, Texas A&M International University, Laredo; Víctor Villarreal (’09), Judge of Webb County Court-at-Law II; Sen Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, whose legislative district includes Starr County; Dr. Pablo Arenaz, President, Texas A&M International University, Laredo; and Dr. Tom Mitchell, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Texas A&M International University, Laredo. Four of the five recipients are alumni of Texas A&M International University.

Photograph Courtesy TEXAS A&M INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

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UTRGV School of Medicine’s creation influenced through key role played by Rep. Roberto Gutiérrez

UTRGV School of Medicine’s creation influenced through key role played by Rep. Roberto Gutiérrez 3

Featured, on Tuesday, April 25, 2006, from left: Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., President, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; Blandina “Bambi” Cárdenas, Ph.D., President, The University of Texas-Pan American; Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville; and former Rep. Roberto Gutiérrez, D-McAllen, posing inside the UT Regional Academic Health Center Medical Research Division in Edinburg following grand-opening ceremonies held in Edinburg.

Photograph By ISMAEL GARCÍA

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Rep. Canales appointed as first House member from the Rio Grande Valley to serve on the 12-member Texas Sunset Advisory Commission

Rep. Canales appointed as first House member from the Rio Grande Valley to serve on the 12-member Texas Sunset Advisory Commission 4

Featured, from left: RepAlex Domínguez, D-Brownsville; Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg; Dr. Guy Bailey, President, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen; Nolan Pérez, MD, of Harlingen, Member, Board of Regents, The University of Texas System; Rep. Óscar Longoria, D-La Joya; and Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville.  The area leaders were participating in a news conference at the UTRGV campus in Edinburg on Monday, September 16, 2019.

Photograph By PAUL CHOUY

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Star of Bethlehem leads to astronomical questions

Star of Bethlehem leads to astronomical questions 6

Featured: Area leaders pose with several of the many gifts that were donated for deserving children in the 15th Congressional District during the third annual Christmas Bash & Toy Drive, hosted by Congressman Vicente González, D-McAllen, and his wife, Lorena Sáenz González, on Monday evening, December 2, 2019, at the Embassy Suites in McAllen. From left: Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg; Norma Guerra; Erika Canales; Hidalgo County Sheriff J.E. “Eddie” Guerra; Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortéz; Amanda Hinojosa; Congressman Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo; Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen; Guy Bailey, President, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; and Val LaMantia Peisen.

Photograph By ISMAEL GARCÍA

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With Posada Navideña and Census-themed Lotería, LUPE uses culture, tradition to promote Census participation of Valley colonia residents

With Posada Navideña and Census-themed Lotería, LUPE uses culture, tradition to promote Census participation of Valley colonia residents 7

Featured: New toys donated for deserving children in the 15th Congressional District, which is led by Congressman Vicente González, D-McAllen, were displayed on Monday evening, December 2, 2019, at the Embassy Suites in McAllen, as part of the third annual Christmas Bash & Toy Drive hosted by the U.S. representative and his wife, Lorena Sáenz González. From left in this image, in addition to the González family, are his staff members: José Borjon; Albert Martínez; Stephanie Toscano; Karen Hinojosa; SJ Zavala; Tito Alaniz; Congressman Vicente González; Lorena Sáenz González; Andrei Defino; Lucy Phenix; Patrick Roberts; and Daniel Martínez. 

Photograph By ISMAEL GARCÍA

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Rep. Guerra begins work to shape laws affecting affect health of women and infants, rural medicine, behavioral health, and impact of opioids

Rep. Guerra begins work to shape laws affecting affect health of women and infants, rural medicine, behavioral health, and impact of opioids 8

Featured: Rep. R.D. “Bobby” Guerra, D-McAllen, center, meets with area residents on Monday, October 21, 2019, during a public ceremony marking the first anniversary of the Texas A&M University Higher Education Center at McAllen, located at 6200 Tres Lagos Boulevard. 

Photograph By NATHANIEL BAEUR

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Powerful House Committee on Redistricting, which will help determine if Valley gets additional seats in the Texas Legislature and in Congress, to meet on Friday at Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance and Saturday at TSTC in Harlingen

Powerful House Committee on Redistricting, which will help determine if Valley gets additional seats in the Texas Legislature and in Congress, to meet on Friday at Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance and Saturday at TSTC in Harlingen 9

Featured, from left: Rep. Phil King, R-Weatherford, who serves as Chair, House Committee on Redistricting, with Gov. Greg Abbott, on the floor of the chamber of the House of Representatives in Austin on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.

Photograph By HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHY

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Congressional delegation announces more than $3 million in federal funds for special education, school safety, and economic development projects

Congressional delegation announces more than $3 million in federal funds for special education, school safety, and economic development projects 10

Featured, from left: Congressman Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo; Richard Sánchez, Associate Vice President for Governmental Relations, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; Congressman Vicente González, D-McAllen; and Veronica Gonzáles, Vice President for Governmental and Community Relations, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. This image was taken in Conference Room 115, Mission Economic Development Corporation, 801 N. Bryan Road, on Monday, December 2, 2019.

Photograph By PAUL CHOUY

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