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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

Representing the 15th District of Texas

Congressmen Gonzalez, Cuellar, and Vela Welcome Community Leaders from the Rio Grande Valley to Washington, D.C.

June 11, 2018
Press Release

Pictured above: Community leaders and stakeholders from the Rio Grande Valley gathered in Washington, D.C. for the 2nd Annual RGV2DC fly-in.

WASHINGTON – This week, Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Henry Cuellar (TX-28), and Filemon Vela (TX-34) will be welcoming 40 community leaders and stakeholders from the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) to Washington, D.C. for the Second Annual RGV2DC fly-in.

RGV2DC attendees will meet with Members of Congress, including Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), Congressman Beto O’Rourke (TX-16), and federal agency officials to promote economic growth and job creation across the Rio Grande Valley. 

The delegation will also attend the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute Border Trade Alliance Conference.

“RGV2DC is an incredible opportunity for leaders from across the Rio Grande Valley to advocate for the needs of South Texans,” Congressman Gonzalez said. “This week, Members of Congress and federal agencies will hear directly from some of the South Texans that put our thriving agriculture, energy, and trade industries on the national stage.”

“I am pleased to welcome community leaders from the Rio Grande Valley to Washington, D.C,” Congressman Cuellar said. “Over the course of the week, local leaders will have the opportunity to see first-hand the type of work my colleagues and I do in Congress. I look forward to meeting with representatives from the Valley and discussing ways that we can further promote business, education, healthcare and job growth in our local communities.”

“I am honored to host my constituents from the Rio Grande Valley during their annual RGV2DC trip,” Congressman Vela said. “This week the RGV2DC delegation will meet with Members of Congress and leaders of federal agencies to advocate for the region and work toward a better South Texas. This trip is an important step in ensuring that our voices are heard throughout the Capitol.”

Mayor of McAllen, Jim Darling; elected officials from Mission, Pharr, and Brownsville; as well as senior leadership from the RGV Partnership, University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley, South Texas College, and the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council are among those who will be joining this year’s RGV2DC.