District 34 State Rep. Abel Herrero last week selected the first District 34 Christmas Ornament Extravaganza winning design, created by artist Leota "Lee" Gaines of Corpus Christi.

"Congratulations to Leota "Lee" Gaines for doing an incredible job depicting the diverse beauty and characteristics of District 34 through art and holiday cheer," Herrero said Nov. 30. "Ms. Gaines' ornament highlighted District 34's popular sites with a sprinkle of Christmas joy. It was great to see Santa sporting a surfboard with the backdrop of the shoreline, Harbor Bridge, marina, USS Lexington, port area, and Texas' longhorns and bluebonnets.

"I want to thank everyone who participated in the extravaganza. We had great participation from the entire community and surrounding areas. We look forward to continuing this as a tradition for everyone," he added.

During the holidays, Gaines' ornament will hang proudly on a 24-foot Texas-sized tree at the Texas State Capitol as the official District 34 Ornament for everyone to see, Herrero said.