BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Retiring state Sen. Eddie Lucio has urged the Brownsville business community to hold legislators to account.

The Brownsville Democrat spoke at a Despierta Brownsville breakfast event hosted by the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce. It was held at the historic Alonso Building.

Lucio is retiring in January after 40 years in public service. The Brownsville Chamber had asked the senator to give their members an overview of the work of a state lawmaker.

In urging those in the audience to hold their legislators to account, Lucio said he was once at a plush dinner event with business leaders in San Antonio and he asked those around the table to name their state representative. He said none of them knew who represented them.

Lucio said if state lawmakers cannot make it to a chamber event, its members should not give up. He told them to keep pushing until the lawmakers do show up. “They need to be accountable. We need to be accountable to you. We need to discuss and tell you why we voted the way we voted,” Lucio said. 

When they do meet with their state legislators, chamber members should ask their representatives to “reach across the aisle” and work with colleagues from the other political party. He said that way good legislation can get passed.

Lucio gave an example. He said that by working with a “Tea Party Republican” named Dan Patrick, he was able to get a statewide breakfast program started in Texas schools. “Hungry children cannot learn because they’re worried about their stomach,” Lucio said. He praised former Brownsville ISD Superintendent Esperanza Zendejas for starting the breakfast program. He choked up remembering how much work he had put in to passing the legislation.

Here is a video recording of Sen. Lucio’s remarks:


Editor’s Note: The above video news story is the first in a three-part series on Sen. Lucio’s appearance at Brownsville Chamber’s Despierta Brownsville breakfast event. Part Two will focus on a Q&A with the audience.

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above video news story shows state Sen. Eddie Lucio. (Photo credit: Brownsville Chamber of Commerce)

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