FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 8, 2005
AUSTIN, TX--Recognized for his support of law enforcement, Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. was named one of the Best of the Texas Senate of the 79th legislative session by the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT), the largest law enforcement group in the state.
He was also recognized as one of the five Movers and Shakers in the Senate of the 2005 Legislature by the Associated Press (AP).
"South Texas voters can be proud that their Senator is always accessible, open-minded and fair," said Charley Wilkison, political and legislative director of CLEAT. "Law enforcement officers have come to rely on Sen. Lucio's hard work and experience to protect them and their families in the Texas capitol."
"These honors are indeed very meaningful not only because both organizations are noteworthy and provide a valuable service to Texas in their respective roles, but also because they are impartial judges of our work in the Texas Senate," said Sen. Lucio.
The AP wrote:
After three previous defeats, the Brownsville Democrat finally got his life-without-parole bill (Senate Bill 60) passed and sent to the governor. Denied on a close vote in 2001, Lucio compromised to get it done this time: he agreed to eliminate the current jury sentence of life in prison with parole eligibility after 40 years in capital murder cases.
In addition to selecting Sen. Lucio for passing SB 60, the AP also acknowledged him for casting a critical vote with Republicans as "one of three Senate Democrats who broke ranks to allow the gay marriage ban to come up for debate. The measure passed and now goes to voters statewide on the Nov. 8 ballot."
Sen. Lucio said he is much honored and humbled for these recognitions by the news service and law enforcement association, both of which he regards highly.