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Kika de la Garza

Kika de la Garza
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 15th district
In office
January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1997
Preceded by Joe M. Kilgore
Succeeded by Rubén Hinojosa
Personal details
Born (1927-09-22) September 22, 1927
Mercedes, Texas
Political party Democratic

Eligio “Kika” de la Garza, II (born September 22, 1927 in Mercedes, Texas) was the Democratic representative for the 15th congressional district of Texas from January 3, 1965, to January 3, 1997.

De la Garza grew up in Mission in Hidalgo County. At the age of seventeen, he entered the United States Navy and served for two years. De la Garza chose to continue his education at Edinburg Junior College and the United States Army Artillery School at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. For two years beginning in 1952, he was a lieutenant in the Army while deployed in the Korean War. After returning home, he completed his law degree at St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio. After having practiced law for several years in the Rio Grande Valley, he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives.

While in the state House, de la Garza was famous for sponsoring much legislation in the fields of education and the environment. He authored bills to protect wetlands, create state-sponsored preschools, and more international bridges to Mexico. From 1955 to 1957, he was the only Hispanic member of the Texas House. He was joined in 1957 by a second Mexican American member, Oscar M. Laurel of Laredo, the seat of Webb County.

In 1965, de la Garza, a strong supporter of United States Department of Agriculture, and pesticide laws.

De la le Garza was

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