Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday March 10, 2003
CONTACT: Doris Sanchez
Phone: (512) 463-0127

Governor For A Day
Sen. Lucio invites South Texas to grand celebration
Who:     State Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D-Brownsville)
What:    Governor For A Day Celebration
When:   Saturday, April 26, 2003
Where:  The Texas Capitol

AUSTIN, TX--State Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. will now become part of a prestigious Texas tradition when the President Pro Tempore is officially sworn in as Governor For A Day while the Governor and Lieutenant Governor are out of the state.

Sen. Lucio, who was elected President Pro Tempore this session unanimously by his colleagues, will be sworn in to fulfill the position of Governor. Sen. Lucio has served 12 years in the Senate and four in the House of Representatives. In order of seniority, Sen. Lucio ranks ninth, and of the senators in office, eight others have been voted President Pro Tempore.

In the event the Governor and Lieutenant Governor are unable to serve, or are out of the state of Texas, Sen. Lucio becomes Governor.

In addition to the swearing-in ceremony in the States Capitol, festivities to honor the Senator, his family and constituents will be held throughout the day.

"I wouldn't be here without the years of support from the people of the Rio Grande Valley," commented Senator Lucio. "This is their day. Together, we have built a promising future for our children, and it is time to celebrate the fact that South Texas has become recognized as a vital contributor to the future of Texas."

Sen. Lucio has remained dedicated to the development of the Valley and the Border region throughout his 30 years of public service. As former chairman of the Subcommittee on Border Affairs, Sen. Lucio passed numerous bills to ensure that positive action is taken in the areas of education, healthcare and infrastructure in his district. He now chairs the Committee on International Relations and Trade, and his goals include continuing funding of indigent health care, homeland security measure for the Border and developing transportation infrastructure to handle NAFTA trade with Mexico.

Under his leadership, the Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC) has been implemented in South Texas and continues to expand, giving the young men and women of his area educational opportunities in medicine for the first time. He has also focused much of his time and energy on the redevelopment of Texas colonias, implementing self-help housing projects, road and infrastructure development efforts, and assistance to ensure that these areas become incorporated and productive communities.

"There have been many positive changes in South Texas, and I want to thank our lawmakers and the people of Texas who have helped make this progress, while trying to meet the various needs of our residents, Sen. Lucio added. As the promise of a better future continues to unveil, I wholeheartedly agree with the expression that the Valley is the 'Gateway for the Future.' On this day, I would like to applaud the citizens of South Texas and all those who have recognized its great potential."

Sen. Lucio represents District 27 which consists of Cameron, Hidalgo (partial), Willacy, Kenedy and Kleberg counties. Following Senator Lucio's swearing-in ceremony, constituents, friends and supporters are invited to join Governor Lucio and First Lady Minnie Lucio, as well as their family, for a barbeque luncheon on the Capitol grounds, featuring live entertainment from South Texas.

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NOTE: For more information, please contact the District 27 Brownsville Office at 956-548

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