Texas Tribune hosting free ‘Conversation’ with legislators Hinojosa, Canales and Guerra

EDINBURG, TEXAS – AUG. 17, 2016 – The Texas Tribune will host a free, open-to-the-public lunchtime event — A Conversation with Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa and State Reps. Terry Canales and Bobby Guerra — from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26, at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley – Edinburg campus.

Hinojosa, D-McAllen, has represented Senate District 20 since 2003. He serves as vice chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and sits on the Criminal Justice; Natural Resources & Economic Development; and Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs committees. Previously, Hinojosa served in the Texas House and in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.

Canales, D-Edinburg, has represented House District 40 since 2013. He sits on the House Criminal Jurisprudence and Energy Resources committees. Canales owns an Edinburg-based law practice and specializes in oil and gas litigation, criminal defense, personal injury, family law, real estate and municipal law.

Guerra, D-Mission, has represented House District 41 since 2013. He sits on the House Insurance; Public Health; and Local & Consent Calendars committees. He is a founding member and managing partner of the Guerra, Leeds, Sabo & Hernandez, P.L.L.C. law firm. Previously, Guerra served as chairman of the Hidalgo County Democratic Party.

The discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A session.

A light lunch will be provided.

This event is presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, supported by Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas and hosted by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Additional support is provided by the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation. This series of conversations is generously sponsored by AT&T, BP, PepsiCo, Walmart and Southwest Airlines, the official airline of Texas Tribune Events.

The conversation will be livestreamed at texastribune.org/livestream, and the video will be available for viewing afterward. 

For media RSVP, contact Agnes Varnum at avarnum@texastribune.org. General registration is open at texastribune.org/events.




WHAT: Texas Tribune Conversation with Sen. Hinojosa and Reps. Canales and Guerra


  • State Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen
  • State Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg
  • State Rep. Bobby Guerra, D-Mission
  • Evan Smith, The Texas Tribune’s co-founder and CEO

WHERE: Community Engagement and Student Success (CESS) Building, located near the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley campus in Edinburg (1407 E. Freddy Gonzalez Drive). Parking will be available in front of the building (parking pass requiredmap).

WHEN: 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Aug. 26, 2016. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Conversation begins promptly at 12 p.m.


Agnes Varnum, The Texas Tribune

UTRGV Director of News and Internal Communications