From the Office of State Senator Glenn Hegar, District 18

For Immediate Release
November 18, 2009
Contact: Lisa Craven
(512) 463-0118

Texans for Lawsuit Reform Presents Senator Glenn Hegar with Civil Justice Leadership Award

Chairman of Sunset Advisory Commission is recognized for His strong work in fighting lawsuit abuse in Texas

Victoria, Texas — Representatives of Texans for Lawsuit Reform announced today that the group has awarded State Senator Glenn Hegar the TLR PAC’s Civil Justice Leadership Award for his strong support of a fair and predictable civil justice system in Texas. Texans for Lawsuit Reform is the leading group working to protect civil justice reforms and end lawsuit abuse in Texas.

Senator Hegar, who was recently named Chairman of the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission by Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst was presented the award by TLR President Richard Trabulsi. Hegar previously served as the Commission’s Vice Chairman. The award was presented to Hegar in separate ceremonies in Katy and Victoria, where hundreds of supporters were in attendance at each award ceremony.

Trabulsi noted that Senator Hegar has been a strong and consistent voice in the Texas Legislature on behalf of protecting the civil justice reforms that have helped make the Texas, a bright spot in an otherwise dreary national economy.

“Senator Glenn Hegar is committed to a fair and balanced civil justice system and for lawsuit reform,” Trabulsi said. “As Vice Chair of the Sunset Commission in the last legislative session, Senator Hegar was vigilant in keeping all sunset legislation focused on core concepts and he refused to allow sunset bills to become vehicles for non-essential purposes. I know that his strong leadership will continue as he assumes the Chairmanship of the Commission. Senator Hegar always stands up for his district and the best interests of Texas,” Trabulsi added.

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC’s Civil Justice Leadership Award is presented to state lawmakers who have taken a strong stand in support of the model lawsuit reforms that are boosting the Texas economy, creating jobs and bringing doctors to every community.

"I am proud to be recognized by the state’s largest and most effective civil justice reform organization working to restore fairness and balance to our civil justice system,” said Senator Hegar. "The reforms that we have passed in the legislature have helped create a business environment in Texas that has produced the strongest state economy in our nation, as well as, greatly improved access to healthcare throughout our State. It is critical that we protect those reforms, especially in light of the fact that we have a Presidential administration that is favor of weakening civil justice reforms at the federal level,” added Hegar.

Senator Hegar served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives and now represents Senate District 18 in the Texas Senate. He is a sixth generation Texan, and earns a living farming rice and corn on land that has been in his family since the mid 1800's. He currently resides in Katy, Texas with his wife Dara, and their three children, Claire, Julia, and Jonah.