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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.

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CLEAT, the largest police labor organization in Texas, presents Rep. Canales with leadership award for his work on behalf of law enforcement and endorses him for reelection

FEATURED, FROM LEFT: Texas Speaker of the House Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont; and Erica E. Canales and her husband, Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg. The Speaker of the House, who is one of the three most powerful offices in the Texas Legislature, was in Edinburg on Thursday, December 16, 2021 to meet with the Canales, Rep. Armando “Mando” Martínez, D-Weslaco, and other elected city and county leaders.

FEATURED, FROM LEFT: Texas Speaker of the House Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont; and Erica E. Canales and her husband, Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg. The Speaker of the House, who is one of the three most powerful offices in the Texas Legislature, was in Edinburg on Thursday, December 16, 2021 to meet with the Canales, Rep. Armando “Mando” Martínez, D-Weslaco, and other elected city and county leaders.

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Area lawmakers praise DHR Health’s partnership with Driscoll Children’s Hospital to build an eight-story, state-of-the-art medical facility in Edinburg to serve South Texas

Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Edinburg

FEATURED: Rep. R.D. “Bobby” Guerra, D-McAllen, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, visiting with fellow Texans on the grounds of the Capitol in Austin. Guerra, who serves as Vice-Chair, House Committee on Public Health, welcomed the recent announcement regarding the upcoming construction of Driscoll Children’s Hospital Rio Grande Valley on the campus of DHR Health in Edinburg. “Our children deserve the healthy start with A+ care that the Driscoll Children’s Hospital will provide,” said Guerra. “I’m proud to have this collaborative success between DHR Health and Driscoll in my (legislative) district and look forward to the positive outcomes it brings to our families and community.”

Photograph Courtesy REP. R.D. “BOBBY” GUERRA FACEBOOK

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Former Rep. Verónica Gonzáles, D-McAllen, recognized as “2021 Woman of Distinction in Government” by Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Former Rep. Verónica Gonzáles, D-McAllen, recognized as “2021 Woman of Distinction in Government” by Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - Peter De la Garza - Titans of the Texas Legislature

FEATURED: Former State Rep. Verónica Gonzáles, D-McAllen, Senior Vice President, Governmental and Community Relations, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, was recognized by the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as “2021 Woman of Distinction in Government”.

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UTRGV School of Medicine adapts recruitment efforts to pandemic’s new normal

UTRGV School of Medicine adapts recruitment efforts to pandemic’s new normal - Peter De la Garza - Titans of the Texas Legislature

Vitalant of McAllen, which is part of one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit community blood service providers, on Thursday, October 22, 2020, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., will be hosting a blood donation drive, along with providing free COVID-19 antibodies tests, at the LDS Church, 401 S. Jackson Road in Edinburg. Vitalant supplies comprehensive transfusion medicine services to nearly 1,000 hospitals and health care partners for patients in need across 40 states, including Texas. For information on what a person should eat and drink before donating blood, call 575/840-8178 or log on to https://www.healthline.com/health/what-to-eat-before-donating-blood

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