Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., District 27

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2001
Contact: Doris Sanchez
(512) 463-0127

Sen. Lucio announces approval of Ms. Laurie G. Lozano to the Texas Commission on the Arts by the Senate Nominations Committee

AUSTIN, TX--The Senate Nominations Committee confirmed the appointment of Ms. Laurie G. Lozano to the Texas Commission on the Arts on Tuesday, Feb. 20, after Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D-Brownsville) confirmed her last year.

"I am proud to have this energetic and hard-working individual serving on the Commission on the Arts," said Sen. Lucio. "I know Ms. Lozano will play a major role in promoting the diversity and richness of the arts in this state."

Ms. Lozano expressed great interest in serving on this Commission. She said, "I feel that the arts are an integral part of everyone's life. I come from a modest background and anytime I can enhance the quality of life for people, especially for children, I am honored to be a part of such an opportunity. I credit many individuals in my community and family for playing a significant role in helping me shape my attitude about the arts and for exposing me at a very early age to the arts.

"The community has given so much to Dairy Queen and as a business owner, I want to give back something to the community. All business people should invest in the arts not just for the beauty of the arts itself, but because of what it does to our economy and the quality of life," added the Edinburg resident, who owns and operates Lynn Lee Inc., Dairy Queens.

Additionally, Ms. Lozano has served as chair/trustee of the Hidalgo County Historical Museum; as board member of the International Women's Board; as treasurer of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce; and as a board member of the McAllen Performing Arts. She is married to Mr. Robert Lee Lozano, and the couple has two children, Lensda, 12, and Robert Agustin, 8.

The Legislature established the Texas Commission on the Arts in 1965 to develop a receptive climate for the arts in Texas, attract outstanding artists to Texas, serve as a source of arts information to state government and Texas at large, and expand and enhance cultural opportunities for all Texans. The mission of the agency is to conserve Texas' rich and diverse heritage through the advancement of the arts and cultural industries. One of the commission's primary goals is to enhance education and literacy through the arts for all Texas citizens.

Ms. Lozano said that exposure to the arts helps open the minds of children to new and exciting experiences. She further stated, "I feel I have a commitment to the young people of this state to involve them in the arts and serving on this commission will allow me to fulfill my commitment."

Ms. Lozano was appointed during the interim on June 8, 2000, by the Governor with Sen. Lucio's affirmation and will be confirmed by the full Senate within a week or two. Her term expires August 31, 2005.

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