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Hi, I am John Villarreal Rigney and I live in Edinburg with my wife, Melissa, and my two sons, Lloyd and Andrew. I’m running for Congress because Texas deserves leaders who will roll up their sleeves, bring people together, and get to work.

Growing up, my parents and my community in Pharr instilled in me determination and taught me the value of honest work and the importance of a good education. I come from a long line of hard workers. My mother immigrated here from Mexico to pursue the American dream, and my father, a World War II veteran, worked hard to start an auto mechanic business in Pharr and support our family. 


At age eleven, my father passed away and I had to work hard to help my mom provide for our family.  I mowed lawns, painted homes, and did any odd job I could find.  After graduating high school, I attended UTPA where I received my Bachelor of Science in Engineering.  I began a construction business and went from building homes to large commercial buildings throughout south Texas.  While running my construction company, I went back to school at age 40 and pursued a law degree from St. Mary’s and have been a practicing attorney for seven years.  I have learned what it takes to overcome obstacles and accomplish big goals.


I would be honored to serve our district in the United States Congress.

Join me, I know that together we can build a better future for south Texas.

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