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Congressman Joaquin Castro

Representing the 20th District of Texas

Castro Statement on Death of Eligio “Kika” de la Garza, II

Mar 13, 2017
Press Release

San Antonio, TX – Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released the following statement on the death of former Congressman Eligio “Kika” de la Garza:
“I am very saddened to learn of Kika de la Garza’s passing. His life was one of committed service – first in the Navy and Army, then in the Texas Legislature, and later in the U.S. Congress. He worked tirelessly to make life better for Texans, pushing for greater educational opportunity and federal support for farmers and ranchers. De la Garza consistently stood up for marginalized people in our nation and supported historic civil rights legislation that propelled important progress in our society. A son of the Valley, he deeply understood U.S.-Mexico relations and helped foster closer, more constructive ties between our nations. 
“Kika de la Garza was one of the exceptional Texans whose work inspired me to pursue a career in public service. Our state and nation benefitted tremendously from his lifetime of service and sacrifice. My prayers are with his family and loved ones in this difficult time.”