A LOCAL HERO HONORED

I was honored to host a very special ceremony in Cleveland, Texas, officially naming the United States Post Office in honor of Lance Corporal Robert A. Martinez. I sponsored legislation that was recently signed into law designating the facility as the Lance Corporal Robert A. Martinez Post Office Building.

The ceremony included a flyover by two F-16 Aircraft from the 147th Fighter Wing at Ellington Field, a rendition of TAPS by the Cleveland High School Royal Braves Band and a flyover by two United States Army Reserve Apache Helicopters.

This was a fitting tribute to a Marine who was deeply devoted to his community and our country. Lance Cpl. Martinez is a heroic representative of the State of Texas and an honorable defender of liberty and freedom.

Lance Cpl. Martinez spent seven months on the Syrian border in 2004, and returned to Iraq in July 2005. On Thursday, December 1, 2005, Martinez was killed in action by an Improvised Explosive Device. Lance Cpl. Robert A. Martinez, of the Second Battalion, Seventh Marine Regiment, First Marine Division, was only 20 years of age.

I would like to extend a special thank you to Robert Martinezs family, representatives of the United States Postal Service, Cleveland High School Principal Mr. Mike Ogden, Cleveland Mayor Clifton Wilridge, members of the Cleveland High School Air Force Junior ROTC and citizens of Cleveland, Texas.

DISTRICT MEETINGS & EVENTS

Both District Offices hosted Open Houses in our Humble and Beaumont locations. Thanks to all the people that came out, we had a great turn outa special thank you to those who came by the Beaumont Open House and saw our new office space. I am proud to announce that our Humble office has added a new staff member to better serve the district and local communities. Kim Brode is our new Field Representative. Kim will represent my office in Harris and Liberty counties. Please let us know of any community events by calling our Humble office at 281-446-0242 or our Jefferson County office at 409-212-1997.

This week I also met with Cleveland Rotarians, Kingwood Chamber members, Humble Chamber members, Liberty/Dayton Chamber members, Baytown city leaders, area ministers, Jefferson County Union members, the Magnolia Garden Club Environmental Board, representatives from Just Immigration Reform, spoke to students at St. Annes Catholic School in Beaumont and was at the kick off of the Humble Rodeo.

I toured the Beaumont Exxon Mobil Refinery and Arkema Plant to review the important chemical plants in the district. I was presented with a very special award from Arkema employees for outstanding service to their industry. The Rooster Award has only been given to two other people and I am honored to be on that short and distinguished list.

I was also awarded the Excellence in Legislation Award by the National Association of Manufacturing. This award is presented for outstanding support of the manufacturing and petrochemical industries. I received a 100 percent voting record on issues pertaining to these important industries. I am honored to receive the award and will continue to support legislation that promotes growth and jobs in southeast Texas.

RODEO HOUSTON

On Saturday, I took part in a Houston tradition: the Houston Livestock and Rodeo Parade. Prior to the parade I attended the annual Rodeo Breakfast and visited with HLSR Directors, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Sheriff Tommy Thomas, Judge Eric Andell, Mr. John OQuinn, Jim McIngvale and Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Burnham of Liberty. I also kicked off the Rodeo Run by blowing the horn to start the race for over 7000 runners. To view pictures from the Parade, Breakfast and Run, please visit my website at www.house.gov/poe and go to the Photo Gallery.

BORDER SECURITY

As always, border security and the issues surrounding it remain a top priority. I have been leading the charge to exonerate Border Agents Ramos and Compean, as well as speaking out about the injustices against other law enforcement officers such as Edwards County Sheriff Deputy Gilmer Hernandez. I appeared on CNNs Lou Dobbs to talk about latest developments in the Ramos and Compean case.

I also appeared on Fox News Channels Fox and Friends over the weekend to discuss the new pilot program by Bank of America to issue credit cards to people without social security cards. It seems to me, Bank of America thinks making a buck is more important than knowing who their customers really are.

RADIO APPEARANCES

Every other week I appear on the Morning Blend with Dominick Brascia on 1380AM in Beaumont. Last week I also joined Brian Kilmeade and Judge Andrew Napolitano on Fox News Radios Brian and the Judge Show. I stopped by and talked with Jack Pieper on KLVI in Beaumont and KPRC Houston radio host Sam Malone. I look forward to joining Sam Malone and Fox News Channels Sean Hannity for An Evening with Sean Hannity and Mark Levin at the Verizon Theater in Houston Friday, March 2nd. For more information on the event, please visit KPRCs website at www.kprcradio.com.

Thank you again to those who I met with last week. Dont forgetlet me know whats on your mind. Go to my website http://poe.house.gov/ and go to Contact Us.

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