Valley Legislative Delegation Will Get Shaken Up...

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In the past few weeks, surprise announcements from Rep. Aaron Peña (R-Edinburg) and now Rep. Veronica (D-McAllen) came out announcing their retirement from the Texas House of Representatives.  In the wake of redistricting battles in South Texas, the 2 districts would have shifted, essentially giving Rep. Peña the majority of Rep. Gonzales's old district. Local attorney Bobby Guerra will run as a "conservative Democrat" to replace her.  Careful Mr. Guerra, Rep. Peña ran on a similar platform and ultimately switched parties, and it's become clear that the local Democratic party would rather choose party over principle.  If you don't believe me, look at how they turned on Rep. Peña despite some of his RGV colleagues almost as conservative as he did in the last session.  You didn't see the party turn on them.

The Monitor has more on Rep. Gonzales's retirement:

"You could definitely give 150 percent to just the state representative job and still not have enough time to do it all," she said. "I saw a lot of my legal practice dwindling over the years, and it's really not fair to my law partners. I thought it was time."

Gonzales is Hidalgo County's second state lawmaker in the past week to decide to retire rather than seek re-election. State Rep. Aaron Peña, R-Edinburg, announced over the holiday weekend that he would step aside when his term ends in December 2012. Their retirements leave state Reps. Sergio Muñoz Jr., D-Palmview, and Armando "Mando" Martinez, D-Weslaco, as the only experienced House members from Hidalgo County. They also put three of the county's seats in play for the 2012 elections.

There's probably a lot of issues Rep. Gonzales and I disagree with, despite our political differences, she has been a wonderful friend to my family and me and always listens to her constituents, replies to emails and attends as many local events and gatherings as she can.  She is a great role model for Hispanic women and I can't wait to see what she does next in her career.