Press Release

Rep. Cuellar Issues Statement on Passing of Former U.S. Rep. Kika de la Garza

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Washington, March 13, 2017 | Rafael Benavides ((956) 725-0639) | comments

Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) has issued the following statement regarding the passing of former U.S. Representative Eligio “Kika” de la Garza:

“I am saddened by the news that former Congressman Eligio ‘Kika’ de la Garza II has passed away. Coming from the border in South Texas, Kika brought a new worldview to Congress and was a pioneer that lead the way for more Hispanics to fully participate in our nation’s legislative process.

“Kika was a dear friend of mine, and I speak for many when I say that Texas has lost a great leader today. I served on the House Committee of Agriculture for eight years, and I would often look up to the great portrait of former Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Kika de la Garza, as an example of someone who has given back so much to the agricultural communities across the nation. This afternoon, I spoke with his wife, Lucille, to express my sincerest condolences to her and her family in this difficult moment.”

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