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City of Edinburg
415 W. University Drive
Edinburg, TX. 78541
Phone: 956 - 388 -8204
Fax: 956 - 383 - 7111

City Council


Mayor
Richard H. Garcia

Richard H. Garcia is a Federal Criminal Law Attorney and a senior partner with an established law firm. He is currently serving his second term as Mayor of the City of Edinburg, having served from 2003-2006. A native of Edinburg, Mayor Garcia graduated from Edinburg High School in 1964 and continued his education at the University of Texas-Pan American and received a Juris Doctorate at Texas Southern University in Houston. He served as Edinburg Municipal Judge from 1975-1978 and was a County Court of Law Judge for 16 years. Garcia served as chair of the Texas Border Coalition twice and is proud to have been appointed to serve on the Texas Adult Probation Commission. He is currently the President of the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation. He is married to Myra C. Garcia and they have five children, Gina, Katherine, Chelsea, Daniel and Carlos, a son in law Daniel, as well as two grandsons, Richard Xavier Perez and William Alexander Perez.


Mayor Pro Tem
Elias Longoria, Jr.

Councilmember Place 4, Elias Longoria Jr. graduated from Pan American University with a BBA in Finance. The Edinburg native is a Senior VP with Lone Star National Bank. He has served on the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation Board, Habitat for Humanity, Past President and board member of Edinburg Boys & Girls Club, Past President and current member of the Edinburg Rotary Club, Past President and current board member of the RGV Food Bank, member of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and a graduate of the Edinburg Leadership Class VIII. He is married to Laura Chavana and they have two children.


Councilmember
J.R. Betancourt

Councilmember J.R. Betancourt was born and raised in Edinburg. He graduated from Edinburg North High School in 1998 and then graduated from the University of Texas – Pan American in 2001 with a degree in philosophy.  He is a certified public accountant and business consultant and is the owner of Joel R. Betancourt, CPA PLLC.  He is also a partner with Betancourt & Garza LLP, certified public accountants. Betancourt is a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Rio Grande Valley Society of Certified Public Accountants.  He is a member of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce.

He and his wife Renee Rodriguez-Betancourt, an attorney in Edinburg have two children: Gloriana Gabriela (G.G.) and Carissa Carolina (C.C.).


Councilmember
Homer Jasso Jr.

Councilmember Place 3, Homer Jasso, Jr. graduated from the University of Texas San Antonio in 1996 with a BS in Criminal Justice. The Edinburg native has worked for the Hidalgo County Adult Probation Department, the United States Border Patrol and is the owner of Superior Oil Express in Edinburg and Mission. Jasso is an active member of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, Edinburg Leadership Class XXII and volunteers his time coaching Baseball and Basketball with Edinburg Parks and Recreation. He is married to Belinda Jasso and they have three children, Marco Christian (11), Matthew Gabriel (8), and Miranda Renee (5).



Councilmember
Richard Molina

Council Member Place 1 Richard Molina was born and raised in Edinburg. He graduated from Edinburg North High school in 1996. He is a U.S. Army veteran who served in Operation Joint Forge-Bosnia and was honorably discharged. Molina was an employee of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department and later served as an Edinburg Police Sergeant for 11 years. He is now the owner and manager of Molina Rental Properties in Edinburg. He has volunteered to sponsor and coach teams at the Edinburg Parks & Recreation Basketball League. He is also a current member of the Lions Noon club and the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce. He is married to Dalia Molina and they have four children, Vanessa, Richard Jr., and twin girls Kelley and Diamond.