MISSION, Texas – The Rio Grande Valley Partnership recently held and event titled “87th Legislative Session Wrap-Up – Impact to the Business Community.”

The event was held at the Mission Event Center and featured presentations from two Valley VIPs and two experts on legislative affairs from Austin. 

The two Valley VIPs were state Rep. Terry Canales of Edinburg, and Veronica Gonzales, senior vice president for government and community relations at UT-Rio Grande Valley. 

The two experts from Austin were Glenn Hamer, president and CEO of the Texas Association of Business, and Lee Parsley, general counsel for Texans for Lawsuit Reform. 

Hamer previously spent 14 years as CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry. According to this association, Hamer was a nationwide leader in the business community’s advocacy for the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the successor agreement to NAFTA. 

Hamer has also served as chief of staff to Arizona Congressman Matt Salmon, executive director of the Arizona Republican Party, legislative assistant to Sen. Jon Kyl, and executive director of the Solar Energy Industries Association. He is a Graduate of Cornell University and Arizona State University’s College of Law.

“Mr. Hamer’s leadership on international issues makes him a sought-after participant in international trade missions,” the TAB states. 

Here is a podcast featuring the remarks of Hamer at the RGVP event:

Parsley has worked with TLR since 2002, and now serves as its general counsel. According to TLR, Parsley leads a team of attorneys who help identify and research solutions to the challenges facing Texas’ legal system. “Lee’s background in civil and appellate law has given him firsthand experience in navigating Texas’ courts. His experience in the legislative process helps TLR engage with lawmakers and stakeholders to ensure Texas is passing principled laws for a fair and efficient legal system,” TLR states.

Here is a podcast featuring the remarks of Parsley at the RGVP event:

Editor’s Note: Vanguard Academy students Lee Perez and Fred Sandoval, Jr., assisted with this story from Mission, Texas.

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