WHEREAS, Latino and Latina elected officials from Texas
  have distinguished themselves at all levels of government, and
  their increased participation in public service through the
  years reflects the vibrant diversity that is synonymous with the
  Lone Star State; and
         WHEREAS, Latino candidates have successfully competed in
  elections since the early decades of the state's history, and
  today, Latinos and Latinas have become integral to the political
  process in Texas; they serve their fellow citizens as city
  council members and county commissioners, as judges, and as
  members of the Texas Legislature and the United States Congress,
  among other elective offices; and
         WHEREAS, Though individuals of Latino descent have faced
  many challenges in gaining a prominent voice in government, out of
  that struggle has emerged a series of legendary figures in the
  Texas political landscape; in 1904, Representative José Tomás
  Canales of Brownsville became the first Mexican American elected
  to the Texas Legislature in the 20th century, and in 1919, during
  his fifth term in office, he led a landmark legislative
  investigation into the violence carried out by members of the
  Texas Rangers against Latinos; as Latinos took a larger role in
  politics following World War II, Eligio "Kika" de la Garza was a
  trailblazer, completing six terms in the Texas House before
  serving more than three decades in Congress; Latina public
  officials came to the fore beginning in the 1970s, and in 1977 Irma
  Rangel became the first Mexican American woman to serve in the
  Texas House; she went on to be reelected 13 times and was the first
  female chair of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus; and
         WHEREAS, The 86th Texas Legislature stands as a proud
  example of the increased prominence of Latinos in public office,
  with Latino and Latina legislators forming a sizable portion of
  both chambers; among them is another pivotal figure, Judith
  Zaffirini, who in 1987 became the first Mexican American woman to
  serve in the Texas Senate; during her long tenure in the upper
  chamber, she has compiled an unparalleled record of more than
  60,000 consecutive votes and has sponsored over 1,000 bills that
  have passed into law; in addition, she has chaired many Senate
  committees, including Higher Education, Health and Human
  Services, and Government Organization; and
         WHEREAS, Through their exceptional achievements in public
  service, Latino officeholders have given voice to their
  communities while working to improve the lives of all residents
  of the Lone Star State, and in so doing, they have exemplified the
  ideals upon which our nation was founded; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 86th
  Legislature, hereby recognize the contributions of current and
  former Latino and Latina elected officials and extend to those
  presently serving sincere best wishes for continued success with
  their important work.
        President of the Senate
        I hereby certify that the
    above Resolution was adopted by
    the Senate on May 2, 2019.
        Secretary of the Senate
         Member, Texas Senate