Corpus Christi, TX – Today, Mayor Nelda Martinez, Vice President of the Texas Mayors of Military Communities, honored Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa with the Legislative Champion of the Year Award 2015for his dedicated service and extraordinary efforts on behalf of Texas military communities.
Senator Hinojosa expressed his appreciation for the honor of this award:
“I am thankful and humbled that the Texas Mayors of Military Communities has recognized me with this prestigious award. As a Vietnam Veteran for the United States Marine Corps, I understand the difficult sacrifices our military families endure on a daily basis and the critical importance military bases play in our state economy and workforce.
The Corpus Christi Army Depot, in Senate District 20, is vital to the Coastal Bend area as it generates an economic impact of over $1 billion a year. That is why as Vice Chair of the Senate Finance Committee for the past three sessions, I have fought for and secured funds for the Texas Military Preparedness Grant Program to improve our military bases and to better serve our military families. For the 2016-17 biennium, I worked to ensure $30 million for grants to military defense impacted communities.
This past session I also authored and passed SB 318 that increases the cap on grants awarded to military communities from $2 million to $5 million. In addition, I made recommendations to be studied during the interim to review state level support offered to Texas Military Bases to ensure they are well positioned to retain or expand their current missions during future rounds of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) reviews, mandated sequestration cuts, or force troop adjustments by the U.S. Department of Defense.”
Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa proudly represents the counties of Nueces, Jim Wells, Brooks, and Hidalgo (part). Senator Hinojosa served as the Senate President Pro Tempore of the Texas Senate in the 84th Texas Legislature. Senator Hinojosa currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, and serves on the Senate Committees on Natural Resources & Economic Development, Criminal Justice, Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs as well as the Legislative Budget Board (LBB), and the Sunset Advisory Commission.