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Press Release
October 7, 2017
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Senator Hinojosa Appointed to Joint Interim Committee to Study State Judicial Salaries

AUSTIN, TX — Yesterday, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick appointed Senator Juan "Chuy" to the Joint Interim Committee to Study State Judicial Salaries. The committee is charged with studying the creation of a formula to calculate state judicial salaries.

Senator Hinojosa issued the following statement on his appointment to this committee:

“Thank you to Lt. Governor Patrick for appointing me to the Joint Interim Committee to Study State Judicial Salaries.

Our judiciary is an equal branch of government, yet our judges are underpaid for the significant responsibilities they hold.

We continue to lose very experienced, responsible, and qualified judges to the private sector because of low pay. These judges make important decisions that impact our lives and result in serious consequences.

This issue needs a long-term resolution and we must develop a plan that fairly calculates state judicial salaries and adequately reflects the significant responsibilities our judges carry out each day.”

Other members of the committee include: Sen. Joan Huffman (Co-chair), Sen. Brian Birdwell, Sen. Sylvia Garcia, and Sen. Bryan Hughes.

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; Transportation; Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs as well as the Sunset Advisory Commission.