Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 6, 2002
CONTACT: Doris Sanchez, Press Secretary
512-463-0127

Sen. Lucio requests Governor Perry to appoint Dr. Roberto Zamora of La Joya as Texas Education Commissioner

AUSTIN, TX--Today state Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville, joined state Rep. Kino Flores, D-Mission, in asking Gov. Rick Perry to appoint Dr. Roberto Zamora of La Joya as Commissioner of Education.

Sen. Lucio, who submitted a letter of recommendation, wrote, "I am not recommending Dr. Zamora because he is a native South Texas; that is an added bonus. No, I'm supporting him because I truly feel he is the most qualified individual and could lead Texas to its greatest public education achievements as Commissioner of Education."

Friends since the mid 80s, Sen. Lucio has worked together with Dr. Zamora on numerous issues ranging from school finance and retention to curriculum development and migrant student programs.

The Commissioner's seat will be vacated by March 31, as current Commissioner Jim Nelson is resigning.

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Note: Please see letter by Sen. Lucio included with this release.

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The Honorable Rick Perry
Governor of Texas
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711

Dear Governor:

It is with deep respect and pride that I take the liberty of highly recommending Dr. Roberto Zamora for the position of Texas Commissioner of Education.

Your appointment of the next Commissioner of Education will be a defining moment in your legacy as the governor of Texas. With the selection of Dr Zamora, a man of impeccable character and unparalleled dedication, you will be making a statement that the education of our children was one of your top priorities.

You will undoubtedly have many qualified candidates to choose from, but I can say without reservation that it would be difficult to find a candidate who can surpass Dr Zamora's knowledge, experience and commitment concerning educating the children of Texas. Through the years, thousands of school children, teachers and administrators have benefitted from Dr. Zamora's contributions. From teacher of Life Sciences at Mission Jr. High School to Executive Assistant to the Commissioner of Education under Dr. Lionel Meno, he set the bar.

In every position he has held, he has excelled and made the school, region or school district better. He is presently Superintendent of the La Joya Independent School District and takes a special interest in every child. His own education, from first grade on, has been entirely in Texas, all the way up to his doctorate, which he received from the University of Texas.

Dr. Zamora has been a friend and colleague since the mid eighties. Together we have worked on issues ranging from school finance and retention to curriculum development and migrant student programs.

I am not recommending Dr. Zamora because he is a native South Texan; that is an added bonus. No, I'm supporting him because I truly feel he is the most qualified individual and could lead Texas to its greatest public education achievements as Commissioner of Education. He has dedicated his whole adult life to education for the express purpose of making it better for the children of Texas.

Any consideration you can offer Dr. Zamora for this position will be greatly appreciated. If you wish to further discuss this matter, please don't hesitate to call me.

Sincerely,

Eddie Lucio, Jr.
State Senator

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