Ethics Explorer A Guide to the Financial Interests of Elected Officials

Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. District 27 (D-Brownsville)

Industry
Consultant, Business Executive
Education
B.S., Pan American University
Spouse
Herminia
Committees
  • Veteran Affairs & Border Security
  • Education (Vice-Chair)
  • Intergovernmental Relations (Chair)
  • State Affairs
Financial Statements

Sources of Income

  • Lucio is president of advertising and consulting at Rio Shelters Inc. in Brownsville and serves as manager of Lone Star Golf Carts.

Property

  • Residential property in Cameron County valued at $519,946

  • Lucio’s wife, Herminia, has three separate properties in Cameron County under her name, valued at $51,023, $19,941 and $188,304. She also co-owns a property valued at $88,362

Analysis

  • In 2008, Lucio was indicted by the Willacy County district attorney — alongside then-Vice President Dick Cheney and former former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales — and accused of profiting from his public office by accepting honoraria from the private prison industry. The charges were dropped after a judge ruled the indictment failed to address whether Lucio, who had been accused of trying to steer construction of private detention facilities to the GEO Group, knew he was being hired as a consultant because he was a state senator. Lucio vowed he was innocent and had done nothing wrong. 

  • In 2006, an analysis by watchdog group Texans for Public Justice found that Lucio was among a group of 31 state legislators who failed to report the occupations and employers of their big donors.

  • Lucio serves on the Interagency Task Force on Children with Special Needs.