Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Mar 15, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) issued the following statement concerning the passing earlier this week of Congressman Eligio ‘Kika’ de la Garza:

“It is with a heavy heart, but also fond memories, that I reflect on the passing of my old friend and mentor, Congressman Kika de la Garza. He was a champion for both his constituents in Texas and for rural communities all across America.

“Congressman de la Garza served as Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee for 14 years, and when I first entered Congress in 1993, I served under his leadership and tutelage on the committee. He understood the importance of agriculture. He understood that agriculture was the backbone of rural communities across the country, and he understood that a safe and robust food supply also protects our national security. He had a keen sense of justice and served as a diligent leader for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

“Kika de la Garza was a true public servant during his time in the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Army, the Texas House of Representatives, and the U.S. Congress. May we never forget his commitment to his country and his contributions to social and economic justice for all.”