Senator Joan Huffman: District 17
Education: Louisiana State University, B.A., South Texas School of Law, J.D.
Legislative Experience: Senate Member, December 2008 - present
Senator Joan Huffman's tenure in the Texas Senate has been characterized by strong conservative leadership on criminal justice, fiscal responsibility, economic development and crucial issues impacting children's health and education. Huffman was elected in 2008 and has been re-elected twice. She represents District 17, which comprises Brazoria, Fort Bend and Harris counties.
Huffman serves as vice chairwoman of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee and is a member of the Finance, State Affairs and Health and Human Services Committees. In addition, she serves as chairwoman of the Senate Republican Caucus.
Reflecting a commitment to law and order, Huffman has successfully championed numerous bills strengthening the criminal justice system and protecting children from sexual assault and abuse. As a member of the Sunset Advisory Commission, she has made tough decisions to reduce government inefficiencies and save taxpayer dollars.
In addition to all her other duties, Huffman is an appointed Ex-Officio member of the Governor's Criminal Justice Advisory Council. It advises Governor Perry on the operations and performance of specialty courts to ensure the rights of participants are protected.
For her voting record last session, Huffman was named "Taxpayer Champion" with an A+ rating from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility. She was the only Texas Senator to receive the "Law and Order" award from the Texas District and County Attorneys Association, which praised her leadership and service on the Criminal Justice Committee. The senator has also been recognized as a "Fighter for Free Enterprise" by the Texas Association of Business, the Harris County Medical Society's "Patient Care Champion," and she received the top award from Texans for Lawsuit Reform for advancing tort reform.
Senator Huffman lives with her family in Houston. She continues to serve her constituents and all of Texas as a committed conservative with an independent voice they can trust.
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August 30, 2010
2010 Capitol Update
Analysis of Proposed Amendments to the Texas Constitution
Election Day: November 3rd, 2009; Early Voting: October 19th - 30th
September 29, 2009
2009 Capitol Update
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March 26, 2013
Bill to Aid Prosecution of Child Sex Assault Cases Passes Senate
March 6, 2013
Huffman Announces Legislation to Create Mental Health Jail Diversion Pilot Program in Harris County
February 11, 2013
Huffman Files Legislation to Bring Transparency to Texas' Specialty Courts
January 25, 2013
Huffman Files Comprehensive Legislation to Help Law Enforcement Keep Dangerous Synthetic Drugs off Texas Streets
January 18, 2013
Senator Huffman Named to Senate Finance Committee
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August 23, 2012
Indiana prison drug ring shows contraband phone risks (Associated Press)
May 18, 2012
Commentary: Legislature Must Address Growing Crisis in Mental Health Services (InstantNewsKaty.com)
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Austin, Texas 78711
83rd Session Committee Membership
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