Sen. John Cornyn visits Island

Port Isabel-South Padre Press

It was a packed house as the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce welcomed United States Sen. John Cornyn III (R-TX), who visited the Laguna Madre region Friday.

After an introduction by Cameron County Judge Pete Sepulveda, the Senate majority whip was met with applause and said several times how much he enjoyed visiting the region and seeing the area prosper.

“There’s so many projects underway here in South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley… and it demonstrates the ingenuity and the commitment to economic growth, and not just economic growth or economics per se, but it is all about the quality of life for families who want to find jobs and work and put food on the table,” he said. “We see their families grow and pursue the American dream. That’s really what it’s all about,” he said.

Cornyn, who has served since 2002, discussed many of the projects underway in the region, including SpaceX, plans for second causeway, and the Rio Grande Valley’s continued trading relationship with Mexico.

Cornyn also addressed the current political climate in the nation’s capital, saying, “As I drove around Texas and looked at the faces of the country last year, people were just absolutely sick about the dysfunction in Washington, D.C. They didn’t necessarily blame republicans or democrats, they just wanted people to try and get together and work to solve problems… things weren’t happening.”


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