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STATEMENT FROM SEN. EDDIE LUCIO, JR.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 24, 2008
CONTACT: Doris Sanchez , Press Secretary
Phone: (512) 463-0385

Sen. Lucio's Remarks on the Passing of former State Representative Lena Guerrero

(AUSTIN, TX) -- The Texas sky seems a little dimmer from the passing of Lena. This formidable woman played a significant role in shaping Texas history, government and politics.

Having a keen passion for public service, Lena served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1985 to 1991. She was an ally and a colleague I highly valued, especially since we served together in the House because our tenures overlapped. In 1991 I began serving in the Texas Senate, and the late Gov. Ann Richards appointed her to the Texas Railroad Commission, the first Hispanic and first woman ever to serve on that post.

One could not know Lena without feeling the surge of energy emanating from her physically and spiritually. Like me, Lena came from a large, loving Hispanic family. They stood by her through the triumphant and the tough times.

Lena never let any of us give up, and she never gave up even until the very end. She was an inspiration for Hispanic women and loyal to all who had the fortune to befriend her.

I am proud to say that she was a friend, as do the many hundreds grieving her departure today.

She loved Texas and Texas loved her right back. May God bless her soul and comfort her family.

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