CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – Today, Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa was presented with the Law & Order Award by Rob Kepple, Executive Director of the Texas District & County Attorneys Association (TDCAA), for Senator Hinojosa’s legislative work on criminal justice issues during the 85th Texas Legislature.
In addition to securing additional funding for border prosecutions during this most recent legislative session, Hinojosa authored and passed Senate Bill 298 and Senate Bill 1124 to ensure the continued operation and success of the Texas Forensic Science Commission. He also sponsored and passed legislation to address pharmacy burglaries, thefts of controlled substances, and improved state monitoring of opioid prescriptions.
This is Senator Hinojosa’s second time receiving the Law & Order award. Senator Hinojosa first received the award after the 81st Texas Legislature for his work on justice and public safety issues.
The Texas District and County Attorneys Association (TDCAA) is the largest statewide professional association of prosecutors in the nation. It provides educational and technical assistance to Texas prosecutors and serves as a legislative resource on criminal, civil, and juvenile justice issues. Upon the conclusion of each legislative session, TDCAA’s Board of Directors presents a select group of legislators with a Law & Order Award in recognition of their contributions to justice and public safety in Texas. TDCAA is a non-partisan association and does not endorse candidates for political office.
Rob Kepple, TDCAA Executive Director, issued the following statement:
“Senator Hinojosa has been an influential member of the Texas Legislature on criminal justice issues, and this award recognizes his efforts. Senator Hinojosa has been especially helpful in directing needed resources to prosecutors’ offices in the border region, and his continued support of the Border Prosecution Unit is appreciated.”
Senator Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“It is a great honor to receive TDCAA’s Law & Order Award for the second time. As an attorney and the father of an assistant district attorney in Hidalgo County, I have tremendous respect for the work of our district and county attorneys. TDCAA has been a great resource throughout my years of working on criminal justice issues, and I look forward to partnering with them again in the future.”
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, Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs and Transportation.