Texas Senator Eddie Lucio Jr. announces retirement

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HARLINGEN, Texas (ValleyCentral) — Long-time Texas State Senator Eddie Lucio Jr. announced his retirement from public office on Thursday.

Lucio said after 35 years in public service it is time to rest.

Lucio has served the 27th district of Texas since 1991. He said it has been an honor to serve the community and is appreciative of the opportunity he was given.

Lucio encourages parents to educate their children and push them to dream big not only for themselves but for their families as well.

With his retirement, Lucio said he will take the time to work on things he has been wanting to do, and said he will continue to fight to help provide kids with a better future. 

Lucio added his is grateful for everyone’s support and is happy to have worked along with his son, Eddie Lucio III, who announced his intention not to seek re-election for the Texas House of Representatives in October.

Hidalgo County Richard Cortez released the following statement on Lucio’s retirement:

The significance of the retirement of Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. cannot be overstated. He has been a public servant for more than 50 years and has ably served in the Texas Senate for more than 30 years. He has been a relentless advocate of the Rio Grande Valley and a terrific friend of Hidalgo County. I congratulate him on his retirement and I wish him well in this new chapter of his life. Whatever he chooses to do next, I know it will involve the best interests of South Texas.

Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez

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