HARLINGEN, Texas – The new state senator for the lower Rio Grande Valley, Morgan LaMantia, says she is excited to be bringing down dozens of her colleagues to the region in late January, 2023.

The South Padre Island Democrat will be playing a big role in the Rio Grande Valley Partnership’s Legislators Tour. RGVP hosts the four-day event every other year, coinciding with the start of a legislative session. One year it is held in the lower Valley, namely Cameron and Willacy counties, and the next time it is held in the upper Valley, namely Hidalgo and Starr counties.

This go round it is the turn of Cameron and Willacy counties. The tour takes place Jan. 26-29. 

“I am very excited that the legislators are coming to Cameron and Willacy counties. Very excited,” LaMantia told the Rio Grande Guardian International News Service.

Some years as many as 40 lawmakers and their staff make the trip, taking a tour bus ride to numerous locations that the Partnership wishes to highlight.

Asked what she hopes the visiting legislators and their staff will learn from the trip, LaMantia said: “I hope that they learn that their assumptions about the border were wrong and it opens their eyes to what a wonderful community this have and how much we have to offer and that with a little bit of support we can truly be leaders in this state.”

LaMantia added: “Although we are a great community we do have our challenges and we do need help fixing some of those challenges. But, it is with their support that we can make sure everything is done and that they are not being antithesis to the Valley but a partner with.”

Daniel Silva, president and CEO of RGVP, spoke about the legislative tour at a recent Partnership event in Rio Grande City.

“The tour is going to be January 26th through the 29th. I encourage you to try to attend. We are trying to bring down as many representatives as we can,” Silva said.


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