News Release from Senator John Carona

March 5, 2008
Contact: Alan Burrows
(512) 463-0116

Senator Carona Named Governor-For-A-Day

This morning, State Senator John Carona was named "Governor-for-a-Day" in the Governor's Reception Room at the Texas State Capitol. The Governor-for-a-Day tradition recognizes a State Senator's responsibilities as President Pro Tempore of the Texas Senate to assume the duties of the Governor when the Governor and Lieutenant Governor are both out of state. Senator Carona was elected President Pro Tempore of the Texas Senate on May 28, 2007, and will serve in this position until the next session of the Texas Legislature.

To commemorate the occasion, Senator Carona raised $350,850 for Associa Cares, a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity that supports families and communities following natural or man-made disasters. "I saw this day as an opportunity to do something for others, and I want to thank everyone for their generous contributions," said Senator Carona.

Associa Cares was founded by Senator Carona and his wife Helen, but neither Senator Carona or his wife serve on the Associa Cares Board nor direct where the money goes. The charity has no full-time employees, and all positions are staffed by volunteers. Associa Cares' operational budget includes only a minimal amount of overhead and administrative expenses, ensuring that a very high percentage of the overall donations go directly to those in need. More information on Associa Cares is available on its website at