NEWS RELEASE from the office of State Senator Judith Zaffirini

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 20, 2010
Contact: Will Krueger
(512) 463-0121

Statement from Senator Judith Zaffirini Regarding Blas Martinez

(AUSTIN)— - "South Texas has lost a great leader, particularly for higher education. He championed not only our hometown university, Texas A&M International University, and Laredo Community College, but also his alma mater, Texas A&I at Kingsville; A&M Corpus Christi; and other South Texas institutions. He traveled to our State Capitol frequently to testify passionately for higher funding and more programs for our colleges and universities.

A stalwart Democrat and fervent Catholic, he readily expressed his political perspective and deep faith. His family and friends loved him so much because he was so loving. He and Rosina were wonderful role models in many ways, particularly for parents interested in strengthening their families and maintaining strong relationships with their children and grandchildren."

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