De la Garza, Kika
- Jaime Sánchez Jr.
De la Garza, Kika (22 Sept. 1927–13 Mar. 2017), U.S. representative and agricultural policy leader, was born Eligio de la Garza II in Mercedes, Texas, a small city just a few miles from the U.S.–Mexico border. Though Eligio was named after his paternal grandfather, his lifelong nickname of “Kika” (short for Enrique) was borrowed from his favorite uncle who went by the same name. His parents, Darío de la Garza and Elisa Villarreal, were Texas-born Mexican Americans who traced their ancestry to nineteenth-century Mexican migration and had long-established Tejano roots, descending from a population that was present in the Texas territory for centuries dating back to Spanish colonialism. Kika’s father dabbled in various lines of work to support his family, including stints as a machinist, salesman, and meter reader in Mission, Texas....