Irma Rangel

Irma Rangel (Submitted Photo)

Irma Lerma Rangel, a champion of education and trail blazer, pioneered first roles for women.  She was the first Mexican American woman to be elected to the House of Representatives on Nov. 1976. Rangel, a Democrat, represented the Forty- ninth legislative district for 26 years and authored bills that included educational opportunities for all children. 

One of her legacies for her was the landmark bill transforming Texas higher education by guaranteeing college admission to high school students in the top 10 percent of their graduating classes in 1997.  The State Representative also passed a bill creating the first professional school in South Texas-Texas A&M Health Science Center-the Irma Rangel College of Pharmacy. The pharmacy school, located on the Texas A&M University-Kingsville campus, and opened on August 2006.    

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I say, R.I.P. Lady Rangel, I absolutely LOVE this story. I was a High School student during the mid 1970s hired by Carl Weller aka Weller Drugs and was a Delivery Boy who delivered prescriptions by truck to locals. During my HS employment, Weller Drugs aka Central Drugs was sold to (my new boss) Mr. Jimmy Smith often finding myself to drive the delivery truck to pickup Rxx (prescriptions) at Rangel Pharmacy dealing with Irma Rangel by way of Central Drugs located on 14th Street. Personally, I feel ohhhhhh, so honored to see that Irma Rangel has left her Historical mark behind within Kingsville. In addition (as FYI) I would like to thank Mr. Gonzalo Lopez (HS peer) for passing that Delivery job to me back in 1974. Gracias mis amigos!

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