BROWNSVILLE, Texas – State Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., says he plans to set up a ministry when he retires from elected office at the end of this year.

In an exclusive video interview with the Rio Grande Guardian, Lucio said the ministry will help young women who are pregnant with unwanted babies. He also wants to help students who have dropped out of school. 

Lucio, D-Brownsville, is retiring from public office having spent 34 years in the Legislature – four years as a state representative and 30 as a state senator.

Lucio said he has seen too many students who have ended up in one of three lines – the welfare line, the unemployment line, or the criminal justice line.

“We need to somehow address the needs of these children. We need to keep them in school. We need to have them walk across that platform and receive their diplomas and hopefully they have have a chance of life. That is ultimately the thing I would like to do,” Lucio said.

The name of the ministry could be called Texans Who Care or Texas Neighbors Care. 

Lucio said the ministry will also feed the hungry.

Over the years, Lucio has raised $1 million to help students start and finish their college education.

He said he plans to work in the private sector for the next two and a half years and then devote all his time to good causes.

Here is the video interview with Sen. Lucio:


Editor’s Note: This is fifth in a five part video series on state Sen. Eddie Lucio’s time as a state legislator. Part One features the senator’s efforts to bring a medical school to the Rio Grande Valley. Click here to watch it. Part Two features the senator’s work to improve infrastructure to the Rio Grande Valley. Click here to watch it. Part Three features the senator reminiscing about the late Bob Bullock, a legendary former lieutenant governor of Texas. Click here to watch it. Part Three features the senator praising the current lieutenant governor of Texas, Dan Patrick.. Click here to watch it. 

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