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

City Council

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.

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.).

Mayor Pro Tem
Homer Jasso Jr.

Mayor Pro Tem Homer Jasso, Jr. was born and raised in Edinburg, Texas. He is a 1991 graduate of Edinburg High School and attended the University of Texas San Antonio where he attained a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Upon graduation he worked for the Hidalgo County Adult Probation Department and the United States Border Patrol. He is also a business man and owns Superior Oil Express in Mission. Jasso has been on the Edinburg City Council since 2012 and is currently serving his second term. He is an active member of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, Edinburg Leadership Class XXII, ACTS Community Church and is a parishioner of Edinburg’s Holy Family Church. Mr. Jasso has also contributed his time to the non-profit organization Amigos Del Valle serving as a board member. He also represents the Edinburg City Council on the Edinburg Parks & Recreation Board, the Public Infrastructure Project Advisory Committee, the Rio Grande Valley Development Council and The Hidalgo County Metropolitan Organization. Mayor Pro Tem Jasso is married to Belinda Jasso and they have three children, Marco Christian, Matthew Gabriel and Miranda Renee.

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.

David Torres

Councilmember David Torres was raised in Edinburg and is a graduate of Edinburg High School. He attended Pan American University, and graduated from the Police Academy at the University of Texas at Brownsville.
He is a successful self-made businessman and entrepreneur. He is the owner of David’s Bail Bonds, At Home Health Care, A-Lightning Bail Bonds, Torres Rental Properties, and JDRED Investments.

Councilmember Torres previously served two terms on the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees before running for a seat on the Edinburg City Council in 2015. While a school trustee, Torres was one of seven Edinburg CISD board members named by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) and the Texas Association of School Administration (TASA) as the 2013 “Texas Outstanding School Board.”

He is married to Ellie Montemayor-Torres and they have three children and one grandson.