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Retiring Congressman Gene Green honored at Holiday Reception

THE RECEPTION HEAD TABLE included (l to r) Hosts Chris and Ana Diaz, Helen and Gene Green, State Representative Mary Ann Perez, Host Amir Khan, and Pct. 3 Constable Sherman Eagleton, and Congresswoman-elect Sylvia Garcia, not pictured, who was speaking.

By Gilbert Hoffman

A reception was held last Friday evening to honor retiring Congressman Gene Green, and thank him for the 26 years of service to the community he represented. Green was elected to represent Texas District 29 in 1992, and was re-elected 12 times.

Green is known for his service projects in the community, including Job Fairs, Immunization Days, Citizenship Days, Paying for College Workshops, Senior Citizens Forums, and Veterans’ forums.

Prior to his terms in Congress, Green served in the Texas House and Senate. He will be succeeded by Sylvia Garcia, who won the election in November. Garcia was the keynote speaker at the reception, reprising Green’s career and service to the community, and promising to continue his service projects.

The reception was held at the Holiday Inn on the East Freeway, hosted by Constable Chris Diaz and wife Jacinto City Mayor Ana Diaz, and Amir and Sabrina Khan.

The event was attended by about 150 friends and well-wishers, a cross section of the several communities he served, and the organizations in each of these areas, including pastors, Rotarians, civic club leaders, educators, and businessmen.