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Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.: District 27
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Press Release
March 20, 2003
Contact: Doris Sanchez
(512) 463-0127
Sen. Lucio and Sen. Hinojosa co-author bill renaming Kingsville Pharmacy School the Irma Rangel Pharmacy School

AUSTIN, TX - Today state Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D-Brownsville) filed Senate Bill 1874, co-authored by state Sen. Juan Chuy Hinojosa (D-McAllen), that would rename the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Pharmacy School the Irma Rangel Pharmacy School.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and the 29 other members of the Texas Senate also signed on to the bill.

State Rep. Irma Rangel, who passed away on Tuesday, March 18, after a lengthy battle with cancer, was a long-time champion of higher education. The Kingsville native, in her fourth term and as a member of the House Higher Education Committee, passed legislation that created the pharmacy school.

In honor of the ongoing fight Rep. Irma Rangel waged over the years to increase higher education opportunities for the citizens of Texas--especially South Texas--I filed this bill to rename the Pharmacy School after her, said Sen. Lucio.

Sen. Hinojosa, who worked alongside Rep. Irma Rangel for several years in the House of Representatives, said Rangel was a fearless leader who always worked to improve access to education for South Texans.

"She always fought for more access to higher education opportunities because she knew education was the greatest equalizer there is," Sen. Hinojosa said. "The school being named in her honor will be a testament to her tenacity and spirit that will live on in every student who receives a degree there."

She touched so many lives in so many ways, and Id like to think that this school will echo her undying devotion to higher education for the people of Texas, added Sen. Lucio. I remember her for her indomitable spirit, and I want this memory to continue in the minds and hearts of all Texans, but especially among those seeking higher education in South Texas.