Senator Lucio's Letterhead

PRESS RELEASE FROM SEN. EDDIE LUCIO, JR.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 3, 2007
CONTACT: Doris Sanchez , Press Secretary
Phone: (512) 463-0385

SENATE HONORS JUDGE GILBERTO HINOJOSA FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

AUSTIN, TX -- The Texas Senate joined Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. on Tuesday, May 1 in paying tribute to former Cameron County Judge Gilberto Hinojosa for his years of service.

The following were Sen. Lucio's remarks in the Senate Chamber:

"Having begun his career as an elected official by winning a seat on the Brownsville Independent School District board of trustees in 1984, Judge Hinojosa then assumed the first of several judicial positions with his appointment to the bench of Cameron County Court-at-Law 2 in 1985.

It was in 1986 when then-Gov. Mark White appointed him to a seat on the 107th Judicial District Court, on which he served until he successfully ran for Justice of the 13th Court of Appeals in 1990.

Instilled with a deep concern for his South Texas homeland and having extensive knowledge of public affairs, Judge Hinojosa turned his attention to county government and was elected to the office of Cameron County Judge in November 1994, where he served until December 2006.

His efforts to improve the quality of life for the area residents of Cameron County have had a lasting and enduring influence, and he may reflect with justifiable pride on the legacy of achievement that he has established."

The Senator then called on the members to welcome a "True Texas leader," and his family to the Texas Senate.

Joining Judge Hinojosa on the Senate floor were his daughters Gina Hinojosa-Donisi, her son Mateo, and Xochitl Hinojosa.

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Note: Staff member handling Senate Resolutions is Ms. Monica Morales, Capitol Office Coordinator (512-463-0127).

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