From the Office of State Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

July 26, 2011
CONTACT: Daniela Santoni
(512) 463-0120
(281) 536-7114

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa announces re-election campaign for Senate District 20

(McAllen, TX) -- After playing a central role in state budget negotiations as Vice Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, State Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa announced his intention to seek a third term in the Texas Senate to continue his work in creating jobs, furthering education, economic development, and public safety.

"South Texas will play an increasingly larger role in shaping our state's future," Hinojosa noted. "Our communities are growing at a faster rate and have a large population of young people. We need to educate them and lead our communities into a global economy instead of letting them fall victims to the politics of the day."

As Vice Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Hinojosa helped forge a budget that restored close to $6 billion from the initial proposal to cut $10 billion from our public schools. The budget also tapped $4 billion from the state's Rainy Day Fund to further protect our public education system--desperately needed funds that were eventually stripped from the budget by the House of Representatives.

"Now more than ever, we need leaders who have the courage to put politics aside, look at problems honestly, and make the tough decisions," Hinojosa said. "We need a balanced approach to tackle the state's fiscal issues, to maximize our state resources - not an approach driven by ideology."

Despite a session known for its contentiousness and indiscriminate cuts, Senator Hinojosa was able to secure passage of key measures designed to create economic opportunities throughout South Texas, including:

The Editorial Board of the Corpus Christ Caller Times named Hinojosa one of two South Texas legislators who "stood especially tall in the 82nd Legislature's recently concluded regular session." Looking to the campaign, Hinojosa stated he plans to engage South Texas families -- to talk out the tough issues, no matter the political consequences. "Austin politicians have it wrong," Hinojosa explained. "They believe voters can't handle the truth. I believe the real story is if voters learn the truth, they'll demand more from state government."