PRESS RELEASE FROM SEN. EDDIE LUCIO, JR.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
CONTACT: Doris Sanchez , Press Secretary
Phone: (512) 463-0385

SENATOR LUCIO HONORS ADVOCATE FOR WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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AUSTIN, TX -- Jo Rae Wagner, the national president of the Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors Association for 2006-2007, was honored today with a Resolution in the Senate Chamber presented by Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr.

"Ms. Wagner is a fine example for other women to emulate," said Sen. Lucio. "I am proud to know that she resides in my Senatorial District, and her leadership and dedication to involving more women in the construction industry is indeed admirable."

Ms. Wagner, a mechanical contractor in Harlingen, is the second woman to serve as the president of the national association since its inception in 1883. She has worked in the construction industry for 34 years and is currently president of CTO, Incorporated, a Harlingen company.

She is a strong proponent of women serving in the construction industry and encourages women to become more involved in their profession.

To help further her goals of bringing more women, minorities and young people into the industry's associations, ensuring educational and certifications programs are up-to-date, and focusing on legislative issues, such as tort reform, Ms. Wagner resident also serves on numerous other boards, including the Harlingen Construction Board of Adjustments and Appeals and the Rio Grande Valley Apprenticeship Program.

Also recognized were several members of the Texas Heating and Cooling Association.

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