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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez has honored former Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia on the floor of the House of Representatives.

Here are the congressman’s remarks:

Madam Speaker,

I rise today to honor the career and service of a gentleman, the Honorable Ramon Garcia. Judge Garcia recently concluded his third term as Hidalgo County Judge, serving with honor and distinction during his tenure. 

Judge Garcia was first elected in 2002. At the end of his tenure in ’06, Judge Garcia had left Hidalgo County in the best financial position it had ever been in its history. Judge Garcia returned for a second round as Hidalgo County Judge, being elected for a second term in 2010 and a third term in 2014., having served until this year, in 2019.

His leadership and fiscal responsibility have paved the way for Hidalgo County to construct a much-needed county courthouse. The commissioners court officially named the courthouse’s law library The Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia Law Library, paying homage to his positive contributions to Hidalgo County. 

Ramon Garcia was born in 1948 at the old McAllen General Hospital, the current location of McAllen City Hall. He graduated with honors from the University of Houston Bates College of Law in 1972 and passed the state bar the same year. He began practicing in 1973 with Joe B. Evins who was an attorney at the time but would later go on to be the state district judge in our county. 

Recently, Judge Garcia formed a coalition of community leaders to plan for the 2020 Census and ensure that Hidalgo County is accurately counted. The coalition’s work is recognized statewide and by other city and county governments who are facing similar situations. Today, Hidalgo County continues its fight for representation and entitlement funds and they owe many thanks to the tireless work of Judge Garcia.

Madam Speaker, Judge Garcia is a pillar in our community. There are many reasons to admire the work of Judge Garcia. I personally thank the judge for his exemplary work in government but I most admire his trial and advocacy skills that he has used to advocate for South Texas. He has challenged the status quo as a litigator and as our county judge for the benefit of South Texans and it is a privilege to represent resilient, hardworking individuals like him. 

Thank you, Madam Speaker and I yield back. 

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