Senator Ellis Press Release

For Immediate Release
October 26, 2010
Contact: Tina Tran, 512-463-0113

Senator Ellis responds to Passing of Arthur Gochman

Arthur Gochman, the founder and owner of Academy Sports and Outdoors and long-time supporter of the Democratic Party, passed away yesterday. Senator Ellis releases the following statement:

"I was saddened to hear today about the death of a dear old friend, Arthur Gochman. Mr. Gochman was the founder and owner of Academy Stores, which employs over 13,000 people across Texas and the southeastern United States. In addition to his success as a businessman, Mr. Gochman led a long life fighting for the underprivileged in Texas. He was the lead attorney in the San Antonio v. Rodriguez case, which challenged the inequality of education funding in Texas and went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. He was a generous supporter of progressive causes in Texas, and he will be greatly missed. My condolences go out to Mr. Gochman's daughter, Molly Gochman, his son David Gochman, and his wife, Larisa Gochman."