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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

Representing the 15th District of Texas

Veterans & Our Military

More than 600 guardsmen, more than 34,000 veterans, and 780 service members call the 15th District home. There are two National Guard facilities and several defense equipment and parts manufacturers located in the congressman’s district. The 15th District also runs adjacent to several of the active duty and National Guard installations in South Texas, including Randolph Air Force Base – Joint Base San Antonio and Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi Army Depot, and Naval Air Station Kingsville, among others. The Lonestar State is home to 15 major military installations, several defense manufacturers, and nearly one in ten service members.

Congressman Gonzalez proudly co-chairs the Blue Dog Coalition’s Task Force on National Defense, a group that proactively promotes a strong national defense and supports efforts to improve the lives of our service members and veterans. Congressman Gonzalez and his colleagues are committed to ensuring that America’s military has the resources it needs to keep Americans and our allies safe from new international security challenges.

Congressman Gonzalez is proud of his military background, having graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi with a Bachelor’s of Science in Aviation Business Administration.

The Congressman’s father was a U.S. Merchant Marine who served honorably in the Korean War. He understands the debt that America owes to our veterans and their families for their service and sacrifices to our grateful nation. Whether it is fighting for improved mental health services; additional resources for military families, caretakers, and injured or disabled veterans; strong GI bill benefits to ensure every veteran has access to higher education; or safeguarding their right to stay where they belong, in the United States of America, Congressman Gonzalez is committed to veterans and their families.

Congressman Gonzalez is leading the charge in Washington to bring our unjustly deported veterans home. These honorable men and women risked life and limb to protect our freedom. Currently, Congressman Gonzalez is working with the White House and his colleagues in the U.S. Congress to right this wrong and repatriate our patriots.

More on Veterans & Our Military

November 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) was one of only eight members of Congress that celebrated Thanksgiving with service members stationed in Afghanistan. Over the course of the trip, the delegation visited key military capabilities and personnel in Poland, Qatar, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan.

November 26, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, visited troops in Afghanistan over the weekend to share a Thanksgiving meal, his office announced late Sunday.

Gonzalez was one of eight members of a bipartisan delegation from Congress to visit the war-torn country. He also visited with troops and saw military installations in Poland, Qatar and Uzbekistan, his office said.

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 12, 2017 In The News

The hustle and bustle is unmistakable in the streets of Nuevo Progreso, a small Mexican border town which is famous for cheap drinks, cheap medicine, shopping and Winter Texans. In the small border town of about 10,000 people, Jose Maria Martinez earns his keep as a small business owner about five blocks down the main drag strip.

He sells everything that has to do with cellular phones in his small store with American military accents along the walls and racks.

September 29, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON, DC (September 29, 2017) — House Financial Services Committee Member Vicente Gonzalez, D-Texas, and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., along with Rep. Paul Cook, R-Calif., today reintroduced a NAFCU-supported bill to exclude veterans’ loans from the statutory credit union member business loan cap.

September 29, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) sent a letter to United States Airforce Academy Superintendent, Lieutenant General Jay B. Silveria, to commend his response regarding an incident involving racial slurs found on message boards at the Academy’s preparatory school.

September 12, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced the findings of a recent survey via email analyzing public perception of his bill, H.R. 3429, the Repatriate Our Patriots Act, bipartisan legislation that would bring home deported veterans and expedite their U.S. Citizenship process. The results convey an outpouring of public support for the legislation.

September 11, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Brad Schneider (IL-10), co-chairs of the Blue Dog Task Force on National Defense, sent a letter to House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman, Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10), calling for public hearings focused on domestic terrorism related to white supremacist groups.

September 11, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement commemorating the lives lost on September 11, 2001, and thanking first responders and service members.

August 22, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced today that The Circle of Friends for American Veterans honors his support for the Veterans’ Bill of Rights. With this affirmation, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez becomes one of the first Members of this Congress to affirm the recently updated 115th Congressional version of the Veterans’ Bill of Rights.

COFAV has asked that every Member of Congress affirm their support for the Veterans’ Bill of Rights. 124 Members of the current Congress have affirmed the Veterans' Bill of Rights.