Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2003
CONTACT: Doris Sanchez
Phone: (512) 463-0127

Sen. Lucio Voted President Pro Tempore by Texas Senate Slated to be Next Governor for a Day

AUSTIN, TX--Today the Texas Senate honored state Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D-Brownsville) by selecting him the next President Pro Tempore, which also marks the first day of the 78th legislative session of the state.

"I am honored and humbled that my colleagues voted for me and saluted me as the Senate's next president pro tempore," said the Senator, who will also have the distinction of serving as Governor for a Day on May 3, 2003, when the Governor and Lieutenant Governor will be unavailable in the state.

Selection of each president pro tem is by seniority, and Sen. Lucio has served 12 years in the Senate and four in the House of Representatives. In order of seniority, Sen. Lucio ranks ninth. Of the senators in office, eight have been voted president pro tempore aside from Sen. Lucio.

State Sen. Frank Madla (D-San Antonio), remarked, "But as proud as I am to stand before you and tell you of Sen. Lucio's virtues, I can only think of how proud his parents must be of their son's accomplishments."

Looking forward to session, Sen. Lucio said, "This day and this entire session will be one of my most memorable as I become a part of this great tradition."

He also stated, "Our priorities and our hearts are with the people of Texas, especially the children, who need our help with their education and the elderly, who depend on programs to maintain their quality of life and their dignity. No one should die because he or she cannot afford to live. We will not let them down!"

State Sen. Chris Harris (R-Arlington), who made the nomination on the Senate floor, offered, "I cannot stress enough how important it is to me to be able to call Eddie Lucio a friend and confidant. He is one of the finest men I have ever had the honor of knowing."

"Eddie loves his district and he loves this state. When an issue is before us on the Senate floor, the argument most persuasive for Senator Lucio is that this is the right thing to do for Texas," added state Sen. Steve Ogden (R-Bryan).

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NOTE: The commemorative ceremonies honoring the governor for a day are held in the State Capitol in Austin.

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