83R6247 JWI-D
  By: Martinez Fischer H.R. No. 248
         WHEREAS, The Lone Star State lost a passionate activist and
  esteemed civic leader with the death of Sylvia Rodriguez of San
  Antonio, who passed away on January 23, 2013, at the age of 71; and
         WHEREAS, Sylvia Rodriguez first discovered her enthusiasm
  for politics while working as an administrative assistant for Texas
  state senator Joe J. Bernal during the 1965 legislative session;
  soon after leaving the position in 1973, she became actively
  involved in the Democratic Party, running voter registration
  drives, organizing successful community events, orchestrating
  political fund-raising campaigns, and helping women candidates get
  elected to office; and
         WHEREAS, In 1975, Mrs. Rodriguez became a charter member of
  the Mexican American Democrats of Texas, and by 1978 she was
  appointed to the Democratic National Committee; the first Hispanic
  woman from San Antonio named to the organization, she later became
  the founder and first chair of the party's Hispanic Caucus; in 1980,
  President Jimmy Carter invited Mrs. Rodriguez to lead the
  recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democratic National
  Convention; and
         WHEREAS, While she shuttled between commitments in
  Washington, D.C., and Texas, Mrs. Rodriguez also served as director
  of the annual San Fernando Health and Safety Fair, where she
  organized and coordinated hundreds of volunteers to help provide
  health screenings and medical consultations to thousands of
  uninsured and undocumented people who did not have access to health
  care; and
         WHEREAS, A proud member of many local and national community
  organizations, Mrs. Rodriguez participated in Las Damas de San
  Fernando, the Political Divas of San Antonio, Parent/Child, Inc.,
  the YWCA, the Inman Christian Center, and the Commission for
  Mexican American Affairs; in addition, she was a founding member
  and treasurer of the Hispanic Women's Network of Texas and she
  organized the first Hispanas Unidas Conference, which more than
  1,000 women attended; for her tireless efforts working in behalf of
  women, Hispanic Texans, and Americans, Mrs. Rodriguez was inducted
  into the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame in 2011; and
         WHEREAS, Mrs. Rodriguez's faith sustained her and motivated
  her commitment to community service, and she was a Eucharistic
  minister and lector at her church; and
         WHEREAS, This beloved Texan was supported in all of her
  endeavors by her family, including her husband, Gene, who was her
  partner in activism and whom she affectionately called "sweet'ert";
  the couple enjoyed 45 years of marriage and were blessed with a
  daughter, Clarissa; and
         WHEREAS, Sylvia Rodriguez was a national Hispanic political
  leader, a trailblazing role model for women, and a loving wife,
  mother, and friend; though she will be deeply missed, her legacy
  will extend well beyond her passing; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature hereby honor the life of Sylvia Rodriguez and offer
  sincere condolences to her family: to her husband, Eugene
  Rodriguez; to her daughter, Clarissa M. Rodriguez; and to her other
  relatives and many friends, including Dora Dilley, Jeannette and
  Telesforo Gutierrez, Yolanda and John Johnson, Roger Rodriguez,
  Nancy Rodriguez and Viviana Enrique, Carol and Larry Medellin,
  Elizabeth Rodriguez, and Anthony and Hilda Rodriguez; and, be it
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for her family and that when the Texas House of
  Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of Sylvia