WESLACO, Texas – The Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Rio Grande Valley Partnership are co-hosting a Texas 88th Legislative Session Send Off Reception in Weslaco on Jan. 5, 2023.

The 88th Legislature starts Jan. 10, 2023, and ends May 29, 2023.

The RGVHCC-RGVP reception for the Valley’s legislative delegation takes place at the UTRGV Center for Innovation & Commercialization. The address is: 307 E. Railroad Street, Weslaco, Texas 78596. The reception runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Cynthia Sakulenzki is president of RGVHCC. She said the reception offers an opportunity for Valley residents – not just members of her chamber – to meet and greet the Valley’s state legislators before they head to Austin.

“The RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce realizes that there are several new faces that will be representing the Rio Grande Valley in Austin. Thus, we wanted to give the membership and public an opportunity to meet and greet the new representatives and hopefully tell them what their concerns are,” Sakulenzki said.

“In addition the RGVHCC will also introduce our Legislative Agenda to the legislators so they can keep our agenda in the front of their minds as the session progresses. Our concerns include transportation, workforce, education, trade, border security, and immigration. We encourage the public to come out and mingle with the legislators.”

Daniel Silva is president of RGVP.

The Valley delegation for the 88th Legislature will comprise three state senators and eight state representatives. The three senators will be Judith Zaffirini of Laredo, Juan ‘Chuy’ Hinojosa of McAllen, and Morgan LaMantia of South Padre Island. The eight representatives will be Ryan Guillen of Rio Grande City, Armando Martinez of Weslaco, Sergio Muñoz of Mission, Terry Canales of Edinburg, Oscar Longoria of La Joya, R.D. ‘Bobby’ Guerra of McAllen, Erin Gamez of Brownsville, and Janie Lopez of San Benito.

It will be the first time in decades that the Valley delegation includes Republicans. Guillen and Lopez are Republicans. The other nine lawmakers are all Democrats.

Here is the RGVHCC’s legislative agenda:

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