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Achievements

Honors, Awards and Distinctions

2013

  • United South High School, Career Day Speaker Recognition. (February 2012)

2012

  • Urban Institute’s Public Management Program, Harry Hatry Distinguished Performance Measurement Practice Award. (March 2012)
  • US Chamber of Commerce, Spirit of Enterprise Award. (March 2012)
  • USA Today, Called “One of the Brave 38” for vote on Cooper-LaTourette budget. (April 2012)
  • Healthcare Leadership Council, Champion of Healthcare Innovation Award. (April 2012)
  • Teaching and Mentoring Communities, Special Honoree. (May 2012)
  • Imaginarium of South Texas, Imagine Award. (June 2012)
  • National Federation of Independent Business, Guardian of Small Business Award (September 2012)
  • Farm Bureau Federation, Friend of Farm Bureau Award (September 2012)
  • City of Laredo Chamber of Commerce, Recognition in Honor of Max Mandel Award (September 2012)

2011

  • National Farmers Union, Golden Triangle Award – Recognition of Outstanding Support aa and Dedication to Family Farm Agriculture

2010

  • South Texas Afghanistan Iraq Veterans Association, Continue Support to Laredo Veterans Award.
  • The Bubble Home Project, Special Recognition Award.
  • McAllen Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Golden Eagle Award. (January 2010)
  • J.B. Alexander High School, Certificate of Appreciation – Career Day Speaker. (January 2010)
  • United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Legislative Summit, Certificate of Recognition –20th Annual Legislative Summit. (March 2010)
  • National Association of Community Health Centers, Distinguished Community Health Centers SuperHero Award. (March 2010)
  • United Middle School, Token of Appreciation – STEM Event. (April 2010)
  • Generales Texas Trailriders, Guest Speaker Token of Appreciation. (April 2010)
  • Laredo Job Corps, Guest Speaker Award. (August 2010).
  • Border Trade Alliance, Friends of the Americas Award. (September 2010)
  • Texas Farmers Union, Legislative White Hat Award for Outstanding Voting Record 2010. (September 2010).
  • City of Roma, Outstanding Dedication, Service and Contribution Award. (October 2010)

2009

  • USDA FSIS, Thank You For Supporting Diversity Award. 2009
  • National Farmers Union, Golden Triangle Award. 2009
  • National Association of Community Health Centers, Distinguished Community Health SUPERHERO. 2009
  • Laredo Webb NHS, Recognition of Contribution to the Paint-A-Thon. 2009
  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Spirit of Enterprise Award for the Second Session of the 110th Congress.
  • Farias Elementary School, Appreciation Award for the Expansion of Children’s Health Insurance Program. (February 2009)
  • The University of Texas, The Chicano/Hispanic Law Students’ Association Awards Banquet, Keynote Speaker Recognition. (March 2009)
  • Border Olympics, Honorary Director. (May 2009)
  • City of Rio Bravo, Recognition and Appreciation for True Leadership. (May 2009)
  • Gateway Community Health Center, Recognition Award for Supporting Gateway Community Health Center. (August 2009)
  • Zapata County ISD, Keynote Speaker Recognition. (August 2009)
  • Zapata County Commissioners Court, For Contributions towards the Zapata County Higher Education Center. (August 2009)
  • Department of Homeland Security, In Appreciation for Participating in Hispanic Heritage Month. (September 2009)
  • Laredo Administrators and Supervisors Organization, Certificate of Appreciation – Guest Speaker. (November 2009)
  • J.W. Nixon High School, Arbor Day Ceremony – Recognition Award. (November 2009)
  • Kaplan College, Recognition Award for Supporting the Students at Kaplan College. (December 2009)

2008

  • National Association of Community Health Centers, Certificate of Recognition for Efforts in the First Session of the 110th Congress to Help Preserve and Expand America’s Health Centers.
  • Lyndon B. Johnson High School, Veterans’ Day Appreciation
  • Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association, Mr. South Texas. 2008.
  • Republic of the Rio Grande, Commissioned as a Caballero in the Order of Los Caballeros de la Republica del Rio Grande.
  • City of Rio Bravo, Award of Appreciation for Hard and Never Ending Contributions. (February 2008)
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security & U.S. Border Patrol, Award of Recognition. (May 2008)
  • American Ambulance Association, Legislative Recognition Award. (May 2008)
  • Catholic War Veterans, Certificate of Recognition for Dedication and Support to All Veterans. (July 2008)
  • Ability One, Ability One Champion. (June 2008)
  • National Federation of Independent Business, Defender of Small Business Award. (September 2008)
  • Texas Farm Bureau, Friend of the Farm Bureau Award. (September 2008)
  • Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Annual Report Card ‘A’ Team.
  • National Guard, Charles Dick Medal of Merit.

2007

  • National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc, Certificate of Appreciation and Support.
  • National Association of Manufacturers, Award for Manufacturing Excellence for the 109th Congress.
  • South Texas Food Bank, Fighting Hunger Award.
  • Newman Elementary School, Award of Appreciation of Support.
  • Princess Pocahontas Council, Master of Ceremonies Recognition. (February 2007)
  • United South High School, Certificate of Appreciation for Valuable Contributions. (April 2007)
  • National Breast Cancer Coalition, Certificate of Excellence. (May 2007)
  • Texas Propane and Gas Association, Award of Appreciation for Congressional Leadership. (June 2007)
  • City of El Cenizo, Awarded the Key to the City. (August 2007)
  • Women’s City Club, Award of Recognition for Valuable Contributions. (September 2007)
  • Mirabeau B. Lamar Middle School, Certificate of Recognition for Valuable Contributions. (October 2007)
  • Dr. Dennis D. Cantu Health Science Magnet School, Certificate of Appreciation. (November 2007)

2006

  • Gary Job Corps, Community Award.
  • Latin America Business Advisory Council, Award of Appreciation.
  • The Association of Laredo Forwarding Agents, Outstanding Commitment Award.
  • International Foodservice Distributors Association, Thomas Jefferson Award.
  • South Texas Food Bank, Fighting Hunger Award.
  • Soldiers and Officers 3-141 Infantry Battalion, In Appreciation for Your Support. 2006
  • Zapata County Independent School District, Guest Speaker Recognition. (January 2006)
  • Texas A&M International University, Recognition of Contribution. (January 2006)
  • Texas State Guard, Certificate of Appreciation for Continued Support. (February 2006)
  • Buenos Aires Elementary School, Recognition of Contribution. (March 2006)
  • Hispanic Association of Colleagues and Universities, Certificate of Recognition for Extraordinary Leadership in Support of Hispanic Higher Education Success. (March 2006)
  • South Texas Merchants Association, Award of Appreciation for many years of Invaluable Service. (April 2006)
  • South Texas Rural Health Service, Recognition Award. (August 2006)
  • Vidal M. Trevino School of Communications and Fine Arts, Award of Grateful Appreciation. (October 2006)
  • United Independent School District, Certificate of Appreciation. (October 2006)
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People – San Antonio, Lifetime Member Award.
  • Gateway Community Health Center, Certificate of Recognition. (October 2006)
  • Hebbronville Vaquero Festival, Recognition of Contribution. (November 2006)
  • Zapata North Early Childhood Center, Patriotic Education to Children Award.
  • (November 2006)

2005

  • Webb County Young Democrats, Young Democrats Award. (2004-2005)
  • The Century Council, Award of Recognition for Outstanding Commitment to Fight Drunk Driving and Underage Drinking.
  • City of Odessa, Awarded the Key to the City. (February 2005)
  • Laredo Community College, Certificate of Appreciation for Dedicated Service and
  • Support. (February 2005)
  • Texas LULAC, Award of Appreciation. (February 2005)
  • Community Action Council of South Texas, Certificate of Appreciation for Dedication to Helping Change Peoples Lives. (March 2005)
  • Matias De Llano, Jr. Elementary School, Award of Appreciation for Continued Dedication and Commitment. (April 2005)
  • Zapata County Independent School District, Certificate of Appreciation for Dedication and Commitment to Education. (May 2005)
  • Texas A&M International University, Award of Appreciation for Making a Significant Contribution in the Field of Education Through Teaching, Service and Leadership. (October 2005)
  • South Texas Food Bank, Fighting Hunger Award. (November 2005)
  • Seguin Holiday Stroll. Certificate of Participation. (December 2005)
  • City of Rio Bravo, Texas Certificate of Recognition of Hard Work, Long Efforts and
  • Outstanding Commitment. (December 2005)