Press Statement from the office of State Senator Joan Huffman

January 12, 2011
Contact: Mollie Schall
512-463-0117 or


AUSTIN — State Senator Joan Huffman, R-Southside Place, was sworn in Tuesday to a second term serving the residents of Senate District 17 at the Capitol in Austin.

"It is an honor to again serve the people of District 17 in the Texas Senate, Huffman said. "This session, I will be working to increase public safety and border security, protect free enterprise, strengthen private property owners' rights, and reduce government waste. Additionally, my work on the Senate Redistricting Committee will be a priority to ensure all voters have fair and legal representation."

As Vice Chairman of the Criminal Justice Committee, Senator Huffman has been working with prosecutors throughout District 17 and members of local law enforcement groups to identify problems that currently exist in the criminal justice system. She has filed several bills to make our communities and families safer, including legislation that would crack down on automobile burglary and prevent a criminal illegal alien from receiving probation.

"As a former prosecutor and judge, public safety remains one of my top concerns, and my goal is to serve as an advocate for law enforcement and homeland security initiatives," Huffman said.

Additionally, Senator Huffman will continue her work on improving the state's healthcare services and educational programs. She has pre-filed legislation that would reduce frivolous complaints against doctors while increasing patient confidentiality and will be making important decisions on increasing access to higher education in her role as Vice Chairman of the Higher Education Committee.

"The 82nd Texas Legislature will be presented with many challenges and opportunities," Huffman said. "In this tough economic environment, I look forward to working with my colleagues to find commonsense solutions that will control government spending while improving state operations and services."

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