Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 27, 2003
CONTACT: Paul Cowen
Chief of Staff, (956) 548-6655

State Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., recovering from mild heart attack, announces for re-elections

BROWNSVILLE, TX--State Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D-Brownsville) announced today his candidacy for re-election to the Senate District 27 senatorial seat in the 2004 elections. Sen. Lucio will be seeking his sixth term in the Senate.

The senator said his number one challenge for the 79th legislative session will be to ensure that the Border receives its fair share of state resources, and to restore programs that were eliminated.

"We faced quite a challenge this past session, especially in light of the $9.9 billion budget shortfall," Sen. Lucio said, "and I truly feel that the Border region of Texas took the brunt of the cutbacks made in order to balance the budget." The Brownsville Senator voted against the final budget.

He did indicate that in spite of budgetary limits, tremendous accomplishments were made during the 78th legislative session. Foremost among them was the historic passage of a bill creating the Rio Grande River Water Authority--the first big step toward ensuring that future generations of South Texans have the necessary water to meet their needs.

Another triumph of the senator was legislation that expanded the Texas Department of Transportation Commission from three members to five, almost guaranteeing that all regions of Texas will be represented on that powerful body. To fulfill his dedication to children, one of his highest priorities, he passed a bill that created a joint interim committee to study childhood obesity and find solutions to combating the problem and its related illnesses, like diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

In announcing for re-election, Sen. Lucio said he has been assured by his physicians to expect "full and speedy" recovery from a mild heart attack he suffered June 18 after giving a speech in Fort Worth. "I want to thank the people not only of South Texas, but of the whole state, who have sent their get-well wishes and offered prayers during my recent illness," he said. "Their thoughts and encouragement helped me and my family through this difficult time."

The senator will be a participant in the special 30-day legislative session called by Gov. Rick Perry beginning June 30. After the special session, Lucio will tour all the cities and communities of District 27, where he plans to make formal re-election announcements. "I want to ensure the people of my district that they have a strong voice in Austin," Sen. Lucio noted. "The last 16 years representing the people of South Texas have been the greatest honor and most rewarding of my life.

"Together we will continue to work towards making South Texas the best place to live and raise a family in our great state. We will settle for nothing less!"

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