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Commissioners' Court approved a resolution honoring the work and commitment of Texas State Representative Aaron Peña, Jr. The Edinburg native initially ran for public office in 2002 as the State Representative for House District 40. During his 10 years in office, Peña served on more than 20 committees and was committee chair during three sessions. He showed strong commitment to education with his assistance in the construction of the Student Wellness and Recreation Center at UTPA and his push for increased pay for public school teachers. However, Peña's most notable contribution, and of which he is most proud, was the construction of the John Austin Peña Primary Care and Substance Abuse Treatment Facility, in memory of his late son. Pct. 1 Commissioner Joel Quintanilla commended Peña on his dedication and passion for the citizens of Hidalgo County. Peña was joined by his wife Monica Peña, son Aron Peña and daughter-in-law Clarissa Longoria-Peña, daughter Adrienne Peña-Garza, son-in-law Jimmy Garza and grandson A.J. Garza. Peña thanked the court for their support and said he will continue to work with the community in the future.