Harlingen-San Benito Day at the Capitol - Biennial

Every two years during the Texas legislative session, the Chamber, Leadership Harlingen and other community members visit the State Capitol.  The overnight trip provides participants an opportunity to work within the legislative arena and learn more about the issues facing the current legislative session.  The goal of the trip is to visit with state officials to better acquaint them with important issues facing Harlingen and the Valley.  The visit includes an evening reception with legislators and representatives of various state governmental agencies.  

The Chamber held the 1st Harlingen-San Benito Day at the Capitol on February 10-11, 2015.  The Leadership Harlingen Class members were able to meet with officials from various state organizations including the Office of the Governor, Texas Association of Business, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Comptroller. In addition city leaders from both communities being recognized on the House Floor by Representative Oscar Longoria, a private meeting was held with Texas House Speaker, Joe Straus to advocate and discuss some key issues relative to our Chamber membership, City of Harlingen, City of San Benito and Cameron County.  We asked Speaker Straus for his support of our legislative agenda so that the Harlingen Area and region can continue to prosper economically.  A reception was held on Tuesday evening, where newly appointed Secretary of State, Carlos Cascos, was the key note speaker.  Approximately 100 people representing 20 legislative office were present including Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., Representatives Rene Oliveira, Eddie Lucio, III and Oscar Longoria.  Other key city and county leaders and officials were in attendance:

City of Harlingen:
Mayor Chris Boswell
Commissioner Mike Mezmar
Commissioner Victor Leal
Commissioner Chino Sanchez
Raudel Garza, Executive Director of Harlingen EDC
Walker Smith, Port Director of Port of Harlingen Authority

City of San Benito:
Mayor Celeste Sanchez
Commissioner Tony Gonzales
Salomon Torres, Executive Director of San Benito EDC

Cameron County:
Commissioner Dan Sanchez
David Allex, Chair of the Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority
Pete Sepulveda, Executive Director of Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority
Eduardo Campirano, Port Director of Port of Brownsville
Judge David Sanchez, 444th District Court

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