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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

Representing the 15th District of Texas


Congressman Gonzalez firmly believes that children are the future and that all children deserve a quality education from nursery school to college and beyond.

The congressman works tirelessly to ensure that South Texas K-12 schools receive proper funding to equip teachers and prepare young people for the challenges they may face in the classroom and beyond.

Congressman Gonzalez is a strong supporter of Head Start, Title I, GEAR-UP, Pell Grant, and other programs that support early childhood education, secondary education and post-secondary education and enable children in low-income communities to fulfill their academic potential and graduate from high school ready for college.

The congressman realizes that while invaluable, a top-notch education can come at a high price. Congressman Gonzalez supports efforts to lower student loan debt and make college more accessible and affordable. The congressman co-sponsored two pieces of legislation that would address these issues: H.R. 2015, the Equitable Student Aid Access Act, which would amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to facilitate the process of applying for financial aid, and H.R. 813, the Affordability for Constant and Continual Education to Enhance Student Success Act, which amends the higher education fund of 1965 to increase the number of Pell Grants a student can receive in one year.


More on Education

March 14, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) voted in favor of H.R. 4909, the Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018. The safety and well-being of students and teachers in the 15th District of Texas is a top priority for Congressman Gonzalez. The congressman was proud to co-sponsor this bipartisan legislation that would authorize funding to improve school security. H.R. 4909 passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 407-10 this afternoon.

March 1, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced the 2018 Congressional Art Competition, An Artistic Discovery. This year’s theme for the 15th District of Texas is ‘Home of the Brave,’ a celebration of our men and women in uniform. The congressman welcomes submissions from Monday, April 9, 2018, until Friday, April 20, 2018.

February 12, 2018 Press Release

EDCOUCH, Texas – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development approved a loan of $8,540,00 for the Edcouch-Elsa Independent School District (ISD) in Edcouch, Texas. The funds will be used to build a Career and Technology Program building and maintenance facility building for the school district. The existing High School Career & Technology Education Building is not equipped to provide students with the vocational certifications necessary to enter the workforce.

February 6, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that Eric Ledesma of Juarez Lincoln High School in Mission, Texas, has won the 2017 Congressional App Challenge for the 15th District of Texas with his ‘Financial Calculator’ mobile application. The Congressional App Challenge occurs each year and is a public effort to encourage students to learn how to code, through district-wide competitions hosted by each Member of Congress.

January 31, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, delivered the following remarks on the House Floor on Tuesday to request an immediate vote on the DREAM Act. This was the nineteenth time that House Democrats have called for an up or down vote on the DREAM Act.

January 26, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) is encouraging educators and non-profits in the 15th District of Texas to apply for available grant funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Office of Environmental Education is now taking applications for its Environmental Education Local Grants Program. Proposals are due March 15, 2018.

December 22, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the Office of Head Start, within the Administration for Children and Families, has awarded the Hidalgo County Head Start Program $13,254,123 in federal funding. Head Start is a federal program that promotes school readiness for pre-school children from low-income families.

November 28, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) has announced his opposition to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) plan to repeal current Net Neutrality regulations that ensure a free and open internet.

November 16, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) voted against H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which would reduce the number of individual income rates from seven to four, while raising taxes on 36 million middle class families and adding anywhere from $1.5 to $2 trillion dollars to the national deficit over the next decade.

While the congressman supports comprehensive tax reform, he voted against the measure citing concerns with the drastic roll back of various deductions that benefit millions of hard working families, veterans, seniors, and students.

October 1, 2017 In The News

EDINBURG - One of the nation’s largest STEM conferences kicked off with a huge announcement Sunday for the 16th annual event.