The legislative and personal law collection of Irma Lerma Rangel, the first Mexican American legislator elected to serve in the Texas House of representatives. Representative Rangel served the Forty-ninth and Thirty-seventh legislative districts of Texas for twenty-six years as a legislator. Papers and cases from her law office in Kingsville are included. The collection was given in three accessions one each in: 1989, 1999, and 2003. The collection includes all of her papers from government proceedings, correspondence concerning the bills, and a log with constituent opinions from the 65th legislature to the 78th legislature. Representative Rangel considered her greatest achievements as a legislator, the introduction of House Bill 1755 designed to provide employment and educational programs for mothers on welfare with dependent children; House Bill 1629, the Good Faith Donor Act, designed to exempt retailers and manufacturers from liability when food was donated to the needy and to the Food Banks; House Bill 588 requiring all state colleges and universities to automatically admit all students who graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class and Merging Texas A&I with Texas A&M. She tirelessly promoted education as a way to break the cycle of poverty.