“I have lost a great friend and ally in the Texas Senate.”
AUSTIN – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the news that Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville, will retire at the end of his current term:
“Since 1991, Eddie Lucio, Jr. has been a true statesman as a Senator and leader for the Rio Grande Valley and for Texas. He was pro-business and pro-education and constantly worked to improve the economic and educational opportunities for everyone in the Valley.
“What I admire most is his deep and abiding faith. He is a true man of God. His brave defense of innocent life in the womb, often standing up to criticism from his own party, was a testament to his faith. He has sent almost-daily prayers to me for most of our 14-year friendship.
“He has always had the courage to put the interests of his district over those of his party and above national politics. His wisdom, experience and tremendous legislative ability will be sorely missed during future legislative sessions.
“Eddie helped me become a better Senator and Lt. Governor, and a better person. I have always appreciated his excellent sense of leadership and larger-than-life personality.
“The latest poll shows 58% of Texas Hispanics support the Heartbeat Bill. Sen. Lucio’s voters also support family and faith issues. I hope the new Senator from his district will have the courage to continue Sen. Lucio’s legacy. Sen. Lucio leaves big shoes to fill. The bar will be set very high for his successor.”