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

De la Garza grew up in Missionmarker in Hidalgo Countymarker. 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 Still in Oklahomamarker. 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 Antoniomarker. 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 Mexicomarker. 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 Laredomarker, the seat of Webb Countymarker.

In 1965, de la Garza, a strong supporter of U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, assumed his seat in Congress. From 1981 to 1994, he was the chairman of the Agricultural Committee, leading the way in passing bills that reorganized the agricultural lending system, the farm insurance system, the United States Department of Agriculturemarker, and pesticide laws.

De la le Garza was also a civil rights supporter and called for smoother relations between the U.S. and Mexico. He worked to improve trade between the two nations and was critical in passing the legislation that enacted the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

De la Garza's nickname was made famous by Andy Rooney in the early days of his TV show as he referred to “Kiki de la Garza” as one of the names that stuck with him most. He resides in McAllen, Texasmarker with his wife Lucille.

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