FEATURED: Jennifer Saenz, then-Deputy Chief of Staff and General Counsel for Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, and Hinojosa pose on the floor of the Texas Senate Chamber with one of his many landmark legislative proposals during the 85th Texas Legislature. Saenz, who has extensive experience in the Texas Senate, Texas House of Representatives, and in the private sector, recently established her office in McAllen as part of the the Phenix Saenz government affairs firm, which is also is located in Austin.
FEATURED, FROM LEFT: Julián Álvarez III, Commissioner Representing Labor, Texas Workforce Commission; Arcelia “Shelly” Sánchez, Deputy Director, Workforce Solutions Strategy and Engagement; Sonia Falcón, Chair, Board of Directors, Texas Workforce Solutions; Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen; and Dr. Shirley Reed, President, South Texas College, on Thursday, August 1, 2019. The South Texas College Board of Trustees has announced a 19-member search committee to find a successor to Reed, the founding president of the two-county community college system, who retired in January 2021.
FEATURED, FROM LEFT: Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, Chair, House Committee on Transportation, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, met with Dr. Luis Navarro, Therapeutic Optometrist, Optometric Glaucoma Specialist, and owner, Edinburg Vision Center, to review issues facing that profession and their patients. The two men met at Canales’ law office in Edinburg.
FEATURED: Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, whose Senate District 21 includes Starr County, on Saturday, November 7, 2020, signs a Senate resolution on behalf of Central Texas Families for Safe Streets (CTFSS), which serves as a resource for individuals and families who have been affected through loss and suffering from traffic violence involving a motor vehicle. CTFSS’s mission is to promote alternative and safe transportation options through policy and legislation, advocacy, community outreach, and empowerment.
FEATURED, FROM LEFT: Edinburg City Councilmember Johnny García; Marissa Gómez-Martínez, MD, DHR Health; Mayor Richard Molina; Marcy Martínez, Director of Public Media Relations & Corporate Communications, DHR Health; and Dr. Ted E. Bear, DHR Health. On Thursday, December 17, 2020, city and DHR Health leaders gathered in the Council Chambers at Edinburg City Hall, 415 West University Drive, to promote “Active Edinburg”, an initiative to help promote a more physically active community.
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.