Local GOP chair appointed to state Family Practice Residency Advisory Committee

Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Adrienne Peña-Garza of Pharr to a 12-member advisory committee that reviews applications for approval and funding of family practice residency training programs.

Peña-Garza, chair of the Hidalgo County GOP, owns a consulting company and serves on the board of directors for the electric service company, Magic Valley Electric Cooperation. She has also previously served as a member of the Pharr Economic Development Board of Directors, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Rio Grande Valley, Boys and Girls Club of Pharr and the Rio Grande Valley Literacy.

The advisory committee appointment for Peña-Garza will last until Aug. 29, 2020. The committee is called the Family Practice Residency Advisory Committee, which makes funding recommendations to the board for the state’s Family Practice Residency Program, among other duties.

That program’s intent is to increase the amount of family physicians and to encourage those physicians to open their practices in rural and under-served communities in Texas.