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20110610_McALLEN_Rep.-Pena-Receives-Teddy-Roosevelt-Leadership-Award_NEWSBRIEF_Teddy-RooseveltMcALLEN — Texas State Rep. Aaron Peña (R-Edinburg) was presented with the Teddy Roosevelt Award by the McAllen Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon on June 2. Peña was honored by the chamber for his leadership in what many have called the toughest legislative session in recent memory.

"I know Rep. Peña is a student of history and counts Teddy Roosevelt as a personal hero," said Steve Ahlenius, president of the McAllen Chamber. "That is why it is so fitting to present him with this award. Rep. Peña has exhibited those iconic Teddy Roosevelt values of grit, bold leadership and dogged determination not only during this tough legislative session but throughout his career."

Reconciling the budget with billions less in revenue dominated the legislative session.  Controversial policies regarding illegal immigration became largely non-issues. Funding for public safety and border security initiatives remained a state priority. Peña played an integral role in the passage of election integrity and anti-voter fraud legislation, chamber officials said.

"Recognition from the business and community leaders of the McAllen Chamber means a lot to me," said Peña. "Steve and the Chamber have been a great resource in giving us some guidance this tough legislative session. I want to thank them for their hard work and for this very special award."

Davis Rankin, a business and community leader in Hidalgo County, praised Peña for his vision and commitment to public service.

“The Rio Grande Valley needs courageous people of all political affiliations to serve,” he said. “Aaron is right to see that our community is changing and we need to be able to change with it.”

Peña played a leadership role this legislative session, chairing the House Committee on Technology. He also served on the House Committees on Homeland Security and Public Safety, Redistricting and the Select Committee on Voter Identification and Voter Fraud.  Rep. Peña was elected chairman of the Hispanic Republican Conference of Texas. He is the dean of the Hidalgo County House delegation, completing his 5th legislative session.

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