A Message From Chuy
Thank you for visiting my website! It has been an honor to serve you as your State Senator for District 20.As I reflect on this past 83rd Legislative Session, I am proud of what we accomplished for South Texas and the entire State. We had important and historic legislative victories and crafted a balanced budget that made substantial investment for education, healthcare, and infrastructure.
We passed Senate Bill 24, which was my top priority and at the forefront of my legislative agenda. SB 24 creates a new university by merging UT-Pan American and UT-Brownsville and creates a free standing medical school in the Rio Grande Valley. The expansion of educational opportunities will create greater access to healthcare and will be a tremendous boost to our South Texas economy. There will be more jobs, lower poverty levels, higher educational levels, more healthcare services, more doctors, more access to those doctors and more resources to serve the unique and critical needs of the people of South Texas.
I fought to better our South Texas communities and families by successfully passing important legislation related to healthcare, water, transportation, jobs and workforce development, veterans, higher education, public safety, criminal justice, and environmental protection that you can read about here on my website.
As Vice-Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, I was involved in critical budget negotiations that resulted in an additional $3.9 billion investment in public education to restore most of the budget cuts made last session. We appropriated $724.6 million in all funds for Texas Grants to help students pay for college, an increase of $145 million from two years ago. The budget also includes more than $289 million in all funds for mental health, substance abuse, and behavioral health services and $71.3 million for the Texas Women’s Health Program.
We also increased access and funding to essential services needed by our most vulnerable populations — the young, elderly, sick, and poor.
Though this session is over, the issues we face in Texas continue and challenges remain.It is critical that we provide an infrastructure of opportunity for our future generations to come. Now more than ever, we need experienced leaders who have the courage to put people over politics and govern with compassion.
I am not done working. I am not done fighting. I hope I can continue to count on your support and to stand by my side as we move Texas forward.
Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa