FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 24, 2009
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AUSTIN — The Texas District and County Attorney's Association (TDCAA) presented Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa with their Law & Order Award. The award recognizes Senator Hinojosa's work this past legislative session on justice and public safety.
TDCAA is a non-partisan association that provides educational and technical assistance to Texas prosecutors. The group serves as a legislative resource on criminal, civil, and juvenile justice issues, working closely with legislators like Senator Hinojosa on a variety of proposals.
Senator Hinojosa expressed his appreciation for TDCAA's recognition of his service.
"Legislative work is a collaborative effort. No one can effect change or promote a policy alone. TDCAA works within the legislative system to inform and advise on serious and often-times sensitive legal matters. I thank them for this award and appreciate their tireless dedication to improving criminal and civil justice policy. My tenure as a legislator includes a significant amount of work in these fields, and TDCAA is a partner in my work," Senator Hinojosa said.
Local praise for Senator Hinojosa's work came from Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney Rene Guerra. "Senator Hinojosa has always demonstrated a willingness to listen to all citizens when it serves the interest of our communities and the State of Texas. I know he deeply cares and strives to further the goals of fair law enforcement, while keeping a true balance between maintaining public safety and protecting citizens' rights."
Funding for a variety of projects is the key to improving the justice system. TDCAA president Barry Macha, a Criminal District Attorney in Wichita County, spoke on Senator Hinojosa's role in securing the money necessary to bolster public safety efforts.
“As Vice-Chairman of the Finance Committee, Senator Hinojosa had to make some very hard choices regarding funding last session, and his final decisions proved that he strongly supports law enforcement and public safety. We appreciate his efforts and look forward to working with him next session to make Texas a safer place for all of us," Macha said.