McALLEN – Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15) announced his candidacy for re-election to the United States House of Representatives on Thursday at Poncho's Restaurant in McAllen.

Introduced by McAllen City Councilmember Jim Darling, the restaurant was filled to capacity and well-attended by local veterans, healthcare workers, small business representatives, educators, and members of the South Texas community and all supporters of Congressman Hinojosa.

Highlighting his many accomplishments during his time in Congress, Representative Hinojosa stressed securing the largest increase in federal Pell Grants in history, bringing over $400 billion for the construction and repair of IWC levees to prevent hurricane flooding, and obtaining funding for the Anzalduas and Donna-Rio Bravo International Brides.

"I am asking the voters of 15th Congressional District of Texas to help me continue the good work we began and the greater work we will accomplish in the coming years," said U.S.Rep. Hinojosa.

Congressman Hinojosa has represented the 15th Congressional District of Texas, which includes the Upper Rio Grande Valley and Coastal Bend areas, since 1997 and is currently seeking his 9th term.

Hinojosa is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and serves on the House Financial Services Committee. He is the 1st Vice-Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.