With effective legislative legacy guaranteed,Rep. Flores will not seek reelection in 2010, will concentrate on community interests, family
Bill Summers (featured center, with his wife, Jo), president and chief executive officer of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership, on Wednesday, September 9, was honored by state leaders in Weslaco with the renaming of a key South Texas roadway in recognition of his decades of public service on both sides of the Texas-Mexico border. Summers many contributions to the people of Texas, particularly in helping promote an improved transportation system in South Texas that directly benefits economic development and jobs creation, sparked a new state law that renamed FM 1015 International Boulevard into the Bill Summers International Boulevard. The seven-mile long Bill Summers International Boulevard leads directly to the Progresso International Bridge, “which is fitting, given that Mr. Summers is also well-known for his strong ties to political, business, and community leaders in Mexico,” said Rep. Armando “Mando” Martínez, D-Weslaco. Martínez was the House sponsor of Senate Bill 1997, approved by the Legislature last spring, which authorized the renaming of the roadway. Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville, was the lead Senate author of that legislation, along with Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen. “Bill has always been a very effective advocate for South Texas and the border region every time he came to visit us at the Texas Capitol,” said Hinojosa. “Equally impressive, he has the ability to make and keep friendships with people from all walks of life, even when they don’t agree with him. That speaks volumes about the man and his wonderful family, including his wife, Jo.” Featured, from left: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City; Rep. Armando “Mando” Martínez, D-Weslaco; Rep. Aaron Peña, D-Edinburg; Bill and Jo Summers; Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville; Weslaco Mayor Buddy De la Rosa; and Rep. Eddie Lucio, III, D-San Benito. See story later in this posting.
On Thursday, September 24, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee, headed by Ramiro Garza, executive director of the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, will host a public affairs luncheon featuring René Gutiérrez, the new superintendent of the Edinburg school district. Although the event is open to the pubic, there is a $12 per person fee, or $150 for a table of 10, which includes a hot lunch, beverage and dessert. The luncheon will take place at The Edinburg Activity Center located on 123 Palm Drive. Gutiérrez will address current topics being discussed within the school district including but not limited to the new schools being built. Featured, from left, promoting the luncheon, are: seated, Ramiro Garza with EEDC; Elva Jackson Garza with Edwards Abstract and Title Company; and Edinburg Superintendent Dr. René Gutiérrez. Standing, from left: Letty Reyes with EEDC; Letty González with Edinburg Chamber of Commerce; Cynthia Bocanegra with South West Funding; Lee Castro with Memorial Funeral Home; Lupita Cano with Sudarshan Eye Experts; Maria Reyna with Sudarshan Eye Experts; and Frank Lara with Sudarshan Eye Experts. See story later in this posting.
State Rep. René O. Oliveira, D-Brownsville, featured left, announced his bid for a 14th term in the Texas House of Representatives on Thursday, September 10, citing the need to bring an additional congressional seat to the Rio Grande Valley through redistricting in the 2011 legislative session. Oliveira represents House District 37 which encompasses the majority of Brownsville, Port Isabel, Laguna Vista, Bayview, and a portion of northern Los Fresnos. Launching his campaign for the 2010 March Democratic Primary election, Oliveira, 54, currently chairs the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, and is a member of the House State Affairs Committee which oversees electric and other major utilities. He is the eighth ranking member of 150 members of the Texas House. Oliveira is featured here, receiving the 2009 Legislator of the Year by the Texas Association of Counties from the group’s president, J.D. Johnson. See story later in this posting.