After 30 years of public service, Senator Carlos F. Truan was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award during a luncheon ceremony at The University of Texas-Pan American Wednesday afternoon January 8.
The award was presented to Truan on behalf of the University, Senator-Elect Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa and Edinburg City Mayor Joe Ochoa.
"I am extremely grateful and honored to have served as your senator," Truan said. "If it weren't for you, I would not be in public office. I have always received a lot of support here in the Valley, and I appreciate the opportunity of working with many of you."
UTPA President Dr. Miguel A. Nevárez presented Truan with the award, and accredited him for much of the University's success.
"The University of Texas-Pan American has grown over the years with the assistance and dedication of Senator Truan. He has helped this University, and he has helped this area to grow and prosper," Nevárez said. "The University and I, personally are very proud to have worked with you Senator Truan, and we thank you for contributing 30 years of your life to public service."
Among colleagues and friends, Truan reminisced about his days in public office. He spoke of the struggles to help the people of South Texas, and the accomplishments made with the help of many other public officials.
During his time in public office, Truan was instrumental in acquiring state funding for education in South Texas, and supporting residents in the area. He was able to provide funding for the UTPA engineering building and the Regional Academic Health Center.
"He has worked for working families, for the poor and for education," said Hinojosa, who will officially replace Truan in the state senate next week when he takes the oath of office. "He has fought for farmers, teachers and immigrants. He is truly the 'champion of the people.'"
Joining Truan during the ceremony was his wife of 40 years, Elvira; former Congressman Kika de la Garza; State Representative-Elect Aaron Peña; Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia; area judges and Valley city mayors.
Truan offered his services to the upcoming elected officials, and said he hopes to continue supporting the growth and prosperity of the Valley.