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Happy New Year to you and your loved ones! As we enter this new year and new decade, I hope you will enjoy the time with friends and family, and build on the goals you would like to see in the coming year!

In addition to this new year, we will be celebrating a leap year in February. Every four years in the Gregorian calendar, an extra day is added in order to synchronize it with the solar year. The extra day is added at the end of February, giving it 29 days this coming year instead of 28. This day is called a leap day.

 

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Father of Leap Year, Julius Caesar.

The Father of Leap Year, Julius Caesar, is behind the origin of this practice. With the goal of keeping festivals and holidays in the same season each year, Romans changed what was a 355-day calendar to a 365-day calendar. During past leap years, George Armstrong Custer fought the Battle of the Little Bighorn (1876), the Titanic sank (1912), Benjamin Franklin proved that lightning is electricity (1752) and gold was discovered in California (1848).

We have a lot of work to do in the year ahead! Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Member of Congress for TX-34, and please let me know how my office can be helpful as we enter 2020.

 
 
Sincerely,

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Filemon Vela
Member of Congress