Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Kel Seliger, District 31

August 25, 2009
Contact: Bryan McMath, (512) 463-0131

Senator Seliger Honored for Leadership in Criminal Justice

AMARILLO, Texas — Senator Kel Seliger was recognized recently by the Texas District and County Attorneys Association (TDCAA) with the distinguished Law and Order Award for his hard work and accomplishments in the area of criminal justice and public safety during the recently completed 81st Legislative Session. "I am very honored by this award, which is given by an organization that has had a meaningful impact on, and has been of great assistance in, shaping criminal justice policy in Texas," Seliger said.

Upon the conclusion of each legislative session, the TDCAA Board of Directors presents a select group of legislators with a Law and Order Award in recognition of their contributions to justice and public safety. “It is important to recognize Senator Seliger’s efforts in criminal justice with a TDCAA Law and Order Award for 2009,” said Randall Sims, 47th District Attorney and TDCAA Board Member. “Sen. Seliger has been a strong voice in the legislature on these matters and has consistently discussed them with prosecutors. His efforts are appreciated, and we look forward to working with him in the future to make Texas a safer place.”

Senator Seliger has served as Vice-Chair of the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice for the past three legislative sessions, in addition to his continued service on the Joint Criminal Justice Legislative Oversight Committee, created by the 80th Legislature, and the Crime Victims Institute Advisory Board at Sam Houston State University.

"Senator Seliger has become one of the most insightful advocates for the citizens of Texas, law enforcement and prosecutors," said Teresa Clingman, the District Attorney in Midland. "His hard work deserves recognition."

The TDCAA is the largest statewide professional association of prosecutors in the nation. It provides educational and technical assistance to Texas prosecutors, and it serves as a legislative resource on criminal, civil, and juvenile justice issues. It is a non-partisan association and does not endorse candidates for political office.

Senator Seliger was recently reelected to the Texas Senate on November 4, 2008 to serve the citizens of District 31 for a second, four-year term. The district spans 26 counties from the Panhandle to the Permian Basin and includes Amarillo, Midland, Odessa and Big Spring.