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by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas Twenty-nine years in the U.S. Air Force.  Eighty-seven combat missions during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Six years, ten months, and 19 days held as a prisoner of war at the Hanoi Hilton – and three and a half of those years in solitary confinement. Those numbers read like the resume of a true hero.  But the man to whom they belong won’t claim that title. “I do not […]

AG Paxton: Austin ISD Must Respect Religious Liberty Protections Afforded  Churches Under the Constitution and Texas Law  

Ken Paxton

AUSTIN – In a letter today to the superintendent of the Austin Independent School District, Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office cautioned the school district against changing its facilities use policy to ban churches with traditional Christian beliefs from renting its facilities after school and on weekends. Current Austin ISD policy expressly permits churches to rent school facilities on the same terms as all community organizations. However, several members of the Austin ISD’s Board of Trustees […]

Sens. Cruz, Cornyn Statements on New Armored Brigade Combat Team at Fort Bliss

HOUSTON, Texas – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) today released the following statements after Secretary of the Army Mark Esper announced that the Army’s 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division would be converted from a Stryker Brigade Combat Team to an Armored Brigade Combat Team stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas. “I am pleased that the Army chose Fort Bliss as the home for the new Armored Brigade Combat Team, […]

Sen. Cruz Talks with Expedition 56 Crew Members Stationed on ISS

Tours Johnson Space Center with Presidential Advisor Ivanka Trump and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine HOUSTON, Texas – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today participated in a meet and greet and tour with Presidential Advisor Ivanka Trump and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Still photos and video of the visit may be viewed here. Sen. Cruz had the opportunity to talk with the crew members of Expedition 56 who are stationed […]

AG Paxton: Open Records Division Experiences Record-Setting Year for  Public Information Requests and Opinions

Ken Paxton

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Open Records Division of his office handled a record number of public information requests and issued an all-time record number of rulings during state fiscal year 2018. Between September 1, 2017, and August 31, 2018, the 60 employees in the attorney general’s Open Records Division issued 30,939 rulings, a 6.6 percent increase over fiscal year 2017. They also handled over 50,000 pieces of mail and […]

Sen. Cruz Issues Statement on Palestinian Terrorist Attack

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement in response to a Palestinian terrorist attack, which resulted in the death of Ari Fuld, an American-Israeli: “My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Ari Fuld, an American-Israeli who was murdered today by a Palestinian terrorist. Ari was a devoted husband, a father of four, and a passionate advocate for the security of the Jewish state of Israel. After being […]

Sen. Cruz Welcomes Amarillo Veterans at Texas Panhandle Honor Flight

‘There’s no state in the union like Texas when it comes to supporting our active duty military and supporting the 1.7 million veterans we have in Texas’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today welcomed World War II, Korea and Vietnam Veterans from Amarillo who traveled to Washington, D.C. for the Texas Panhandle Honor Flight. Still photos and video of the visit may be viewed here. “It’s one of the really wonderful privileges of […]

Olson Acts To Help Houston Protect Against Future Flood Events & Expedite Harvey Related Army Corps Projects

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today acted to invest in our ports, channels, locks, flood protection and critical infrastructure projects that support our waterways transportation systems. Olson voted for the House Amendment to S. 3021, the America’s Water Infrastructure Act. The bill includes an amendment written by Olson that requires the Army Corps of Engineers to expedite previously authorized disaster recovery projects in areas impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The bill passed the […]

AG Paxton’s Office, Jefferson County DA Bob Wortham Obtain Conviction,  60-Year Prison Sentence in Sex Trafficking Case Involving Women and Underage Victims 

Ken Paxton

AUSTIN – As a result of a joint effort by his office and the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that a jury found Johnny Ray Matlock guilty on charges of continuous trafficking of persons, a first-degree felony. Matlock waived his right to appeal and accepted a 60-year prison sentence, which is the equivalent of a life sentence in Texas. Attorney General Paxton’s Human Trafficking and Transnational/Organized Crime section, led […]

AG Paxton’s Election Fraud Unit Obtains Jail Sentence, Deportation for  Non-Citizen Charged with Voter Impersonation and Voter Fraud

Ken Paxton

AUSTIN – Attorney General Paxton today announced that Laura Janeth Garza, a Mexican national, pleaded guilty to charges of voter impersonation and ineligible voting, both second-degree felonies. She was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to 10 years in jail, probated for 10 years, charged a $10,000 fine, and 180 days in jail to be served day-for-day on each count as a condition of probation. Garza will be deported after serving her jail time. The Texas […]