Eligio (Kika) de la Garza - Part 02
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00:25 Can you talk a little bit about the first time you ran for the congress?
2:50 Did you have money for the first campaign?
3:40 First run for the congress experiences.
4:40 Kika has the support of his friends, family, and campaign manager for his first campaign.
6:30 Kika remembers that there were not airports so it was harder to transport from place to place. “It was challenging but interesting.”
7:00 Some of the congress members of South Texas background.
8:30 Political powers at that time.
9:45 What were some of the issues that you faced during your first campaign?
10:00 Education – one of the major issues.
10:40 Health – Kika supported Medicare and Medicaid.
13:00 It was a hard campaign.
13:00 They did not have a lot of money for the first campaign, however they had a lot of support.
13:30 People who supported Kika’s first campaign.
14:30 Texas delegation – members of congress.
16:00 Kika was welcomed to the congress.
16:30 Kika joined the Agriculture committee.
17:00 Kika the youngest man at the congress at that time.
17:35 Kika became chair of the Agriculture committee – the youngest chair of the committee.
20:40 Political leaders.
22:10 Kika was invited, together with his wife, to almost all the functions of the White House.
25:00 Relations with Mexico and South America.
25:50 Kennedy and the new progressive programs.
27:00 Local Education.
30:00 Federal Education and the creation of new buildings.
34:00 Food programs for poor areas.
44:00 Founding for food programs and the results.
46:00 Kika explains that these programs were also nutritional.
48:50 Benefits of the nutritional programs.
50:26 Do you think that the money spent in these programs impacted the economy of the area?
1:00:00 End of the interview.
Rio Grande Valley Oral Histories Collection; Eligio (Kika) de la Garza - Part 02, 2009/08/05. ELIBR-0027. University Library, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, TX. Accessed via https://scholarworks.utrgv.edu/rgvoralhistories/539