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Monday, December 10, 2012 - 10:25pm
EL PASO, TX — After 16 years as U.S. Congressman, Silvestre Reyes is deciding what's next. His time in that office might be over, but he's not finished.
"In this job you're never finished, " Rep. Reyes said.
He was defeated this year in the 2012 democratic primary by Beto O'Rourke.
"The backbone of any congressional office has to be constituency services" said Reyes. "The day to day stuff that probably isn't sexy. You know everybody likes to talk about the great job we did with Fort Bliss. Saving it from getting cut, and expanding it but your real bread and butter are the everyday cases that you work on".
Everyday things like Social Security, Medicare and problems with immigration.
There's still a lot of work to do. Work the next guy will inherit.
"For us here, continuing to focus on jobs, economic development continuing to focus the attention on those ports of entry," Reyes said of what El Paso still needs help with.
Reyes says he gave it his all leading up to the May primaries, but losing the election was something he says had more to do with money than anything else.
"There's gotta be a balance and right now the balance is towards those that can afford to fund super packs. that played a major role in my defeat in the primary but you don't dwell on it," Reyes said. "You move on. You realize that you've done everything you could for those 16 years. At least I feel I have. I'm proud of the work that I've done".
Reyes says now his time now will be spent going on vacations with his wife and playing with his grandchildren.
*We reported in november about the Office of Congressional Ethics recommendation that a detailed investigation into Reyes's campaign spending be conducted.
Reyes declined to answer questions on that topic.