de la GARZA, Eligio, II (Kika), a Representative from Texas; born in Mercedes, Hidalgo County, Tex.,
September 22, 1927; educated at Mission (Tex.) High School, Edinburgh (Tex.)
Junior College, and St. Marys University, San Antonio, Tex., LL.B., 1952; at
age 17 enlisted in the United States Navy and served from 1945 to 1946; served
as an officer in the United States Army, Thirty-seventh Division Artillery,
1950-1952; graduated as a second lieutenant, St. Marys ROTC, in 1951 and from
the Artillery School, Fort Sill, Okla., in 1952; was admitted to the bar in
1952 and began practice in Mission, Tex.; member of the Texas state house of
representatives 1952-1964; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-ninth and to the
fifteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1965-January 3, 1997); chair,
Committee on Agriculture (Ninety-seventh through One Hundred Third Congresses);
was not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Fifth Congress; died on
March 13, 2017, in McAllen, Tex.
BibliographyEligio Kika de la Garza II in
Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822-2012. Prepared under the
direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of the
Historian and the Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives.
Washington: Government Printing Office, 2013.