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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

Representing the 15th District of Texas

Agriculture

Congressman Gonzalez is proud to represent a thriving agricultural community of more than 8,000 farms totaling upwards of 4,303,286 acres. The 15th District of Texas is home to a diverse array of produce, specialty crop, and livestock operations. The district is known for its citrus, cotton, sugarcane, sorghum, and cattle ranching operations.  

Congressman Gonzalez has a proven record of supporting research, pest management, trade assistance, and other federal programs that give farmers and ranchers the resources they need to have a productive business.

The congressman understands the importance of protecting the safety net and is dedicated to elevating the concerns and priorities of South Texas agriculture producers in Washington, D.C. Congressman Gonzalez supports increasing market access for all American agricultural products and efforts to strengthen the farm economy and provide regulatory certainty to agriculture producers. 

 Recently, alongside Congressmen Filemon Vela and Henry Cuellar, Congressman Gonzalez helped secure $59 billion in federal funding for citrus research in the Rio Grande Valley, a huge advancement for the area’s citrus farmers.

Congressman Gonzalez also joined colleagues from across the country to request an additional $2.5 million in federal funding for research on the sugarcane aphid, a pest that poses a threat to sorghum in South Texas and across the country

More on Agriculture

April 5, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today issued the following statement in response to reports that international bridges in the Rio Grande Valley are facing extensive delays due to the reassignment of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel and the President’s recent threat to close the border.

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel already face challenges in how quickly it processes trade on a day-to-day basis across multiple international bridges in the Rio Grande Valley and along the U.S. Southwest Border.

March 6, 2019 In The News

Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) is encouraging local Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) to apply for collaboration efforts with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the 2019 Class of the E. Kika De La Garza Fellows Program.

The E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship Program offers faculty and staff from HSIs the opportunity to collaborate with the USDA to gain insight and understanding of the federal government. These fellowships allow participants to learn about available opportunities at the USDA and other federal agencies.

February 5, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in response to tonight’s State of the Union address from President Donald J. Trump.

“It is important to note that now – more than ever – is the time for the Administration to make a good faith effort to find common ground with Congress as we each outline our visions for the future of this country. No, I do not agree with President Trump on every policy or approach, but I have always been willing to come to the table in the name of bipartisanship.

January 30, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced his subcommittee assignments for the 116th Congress. The congressman serves on the House Financial Services Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee.

As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, Congressman Gonzalez will serve on:

January 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in response to President Donald J. Trump’s announcement to join efforts to reopen the federal government, ending the longest-ever government shutdown – 35 days – in history. The continuing resolution will extend government funding for three weeks until February 15, 2019, and provide backpay to federal employees who have missed paychecks since December 22, 2018.

January 3, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON - Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez, Henry Cuellar, and Filemon Vela today issued the following statements, laying out their mission for the 116th Congress.

Vicente Gonzalez, “In the 116th Congress, we will put an end to this dog and pony show and get the federal government back to work for the people."

January 3, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Henry Cuellar (TX-28), and Filemon Vela (TX-34) today issued the following statements, laying out their mission for the 116th Congress.

December 23, 2018 In The News

MISSION, RGV – There appears to widespread support in South Texas for congressional passage of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill.

All three members of Congress for the South Texas border region – Filemon Vela, Vicente Gonzalez and Henry Cullear – supported the bill, as did the South Texans’ Property Rights Association and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.

Having passed the House and Senate, the legislation now sits on the desk of the president, awaiting signature.

December 7, 2018 In The News

Texas lawmakers have introduced legislation that seeks to help border counties better identify the remains of missing migrants and alleviate the associated costs.

U.S. Reps. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, and Will Hurd, R-Helotes, as well as U.S. Sen. John Cornyn introduced the Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains Act of 2018 Thursday in the House and Senate.

November 28, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue has approved a Secretarial disaster designation for the following counties in the 15th District of Texas: Duval, primary; Brooks, contiguous; Jim Hogg, contiguous; and Live Oak, contiguous. With this designation, those affected are qualified to be considered for Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans.