Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, Sept. 28, 2001
CONTACT: Doris Sanchez, Press Secretary
512-463-0127

Sen. Lucio to be presented distinguished award by Mexican government

AUSTIN, TX--The Consulate of Mexico in Brownsville has selected state Senator Eddie Lucio Jr., D-Brownsville to receive the Reconocimiento Ohtli award by the Mexican Government for his invaluable work in promoting cooperation between Texas and Mexico and the betterment of the Mexican-American community.

The Ohtli has been awarded in the last four years to Rio Grande Valley leaders and personalities during the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

"I am honored and grateful to receive this recognition," said Sen. Lucio. "It is a wonderful symbol of the friendship and support Texas has received from Mexico, and of our strong family ties that enable us to work together for the betterment of our borders and our countries.

In the Nahuatl language, Ohtli means "the path." Aztec manuscripts include marked footprints signifying the paths that men and women were directed to follow. Even today, Nahuatl people say Cualli Ohtli, to say farewell, which means, "May you go on the right path."

Sen. Lucio has distinguished himself for his work in this community through a variety of posts he has held, including Cameron County Treasurer in 1971; County Commissioner in 1979; State Representative between 1987-1990, and State Senator for District 27 since 1990. He is a firm advocate of improving relations with Mexico and working with the Mexican government to find solutions to problems impacting both sides of the Border regarding employment, technology, health care, education and transportation. He was recently appointed to co-chair the Interim Committee on Binational Health Benefit Plan to study the lack of health care along both sides of our Texas-Mexico Border.

He was appointed to chair the Committee on Border Affairs in 1999, and has been instrumental in passing legislation to improve the quality of life for Border residents. Currently, he serves on the Finance Committee, the Business and Commerce Committee and the Natural Resources Committee.

The award ceremony will be at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Brownsville on Oct. 2, 2001, at 6 p.m.

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