Senator Zaffirini Announces 2010 Census Results for Senate District 21

(AUSTIN) — Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, today (Friday) announced the results of the decennial census for Senate District (SD) 21.

“Ten of our counties gained population over the last decade, while seven counties lost population,” Senator Zaffirini said. “Wilson County was the fastest-growing county, followed closely by Webb.”

Other counties in SD 21 that grew are Bexar, Atascosa, Frio, Jim Hogg, La Salle, Starr, Zapata and Zavala. Those that lost population are Bee, Dimmit, Duval, Karnes, Live Oak, McMullen and San Patricio.

The cities of Laredo and San Antonio experienced strong population growth: San Antonio is now the second-largest city in Texas, and Laredo is the tenth. Additionally, the data show that the state’s Hispanic population increased by 42 percent, comprising 38 percent of Texans.

Senator Zaffirini has represented this configuration of counties, including northeast Bexar, since 2003. The district will change anew effective 2012.

The Texas Legislative Council is processing and formatting local data for use in the state’s redistricting software. Once that process is complete, the Texas Legislature will redraw the boundaries of the state’s congressional, state legislative and state board of education districts to reflect shifts in the state’s population.

“As the ranking member of the Senate Redistricting committee, my priority will be to ensure that our South Texas communities of interest are kept together and that every person has an effective voice in government,” Senator Zaffirini said.

More census results may be obtained via www.census2010.gov

Senate District 21 Population Changes

CENSUS DATA SHOW that ten Senate District 21 counties gained population over the last decade, and seven lost population. A member of the Senate Redistricting Committee, Senator Judith Zaffirini works to protect South Texas communities of interest in the Texas Senate.

Dewhurst Reappoints Zaffirini Higher Education Chair

(AUSTIN) — Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst Friday (Jan. 28) reappointed Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, Chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee and to the Senate Committees on Finance, Health and Human Services, Administration, Economic Development and Redistricting.

“I am delighted to welcome the delegation from the Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association to Austin,” Senator Zaffirini said. “What’s more, I join the delegation in inviting my Senate colleagues and all Texans to attend Laredo’s cherished annual patriotic celebration.”

“Strengthening our higher education system is essential to ensuring Texas’ future economic competitiveness,” Senator Zaffirini said, “I am delighted for the opportunity to continue to champion the priorities of Texas colleges and universities, students and families.”

She also has served on the Legislative Budget Board since 2004.

Senator Zaffirini added that Lt. Gov. Dewhurst named her “to the best positions from which to make a difference for the families of our district and of our state.”

The Senate Higher Education Committee will address pressing issues facing colleges and universities, including financial aid, college advising and higher education accountability. Senator Zaffirini chaired the Higher Education Subcommittee from 2005 to 2009, when Lt. Governor Dewhurst upgraded it to a full committee. She also chaired the Senate Finance Subcommittees on Capital Funding for Higher Education (2006) and on State Contracting Practices (2004) and the Health and Human Services Committee from 1993 to 1999.

Since 2001 Senator Zaffirini has served on the Senate Committee on Administration that certifies legislation for the Local and Uncontested Calendar-approximately 75 percent of the legislation passed by the Senate each session, including many bills important to communities in Senate District 21 and across Texas.

She is the ranking member of the Select Committee on Redistricting, which is charged with redrawing the boundaries of Congressional, legislative and state board of education districts. Her goals include keeping South Texas communities together and adhering to the principles of the Voting Rights Act.

“My committee assignments reflect not only the needs of my district, but also the values of South Texas families,” Senator Zaffirini said. “We believe in improving educational opportunities for all and share a strong commitment to the very young, the very old and persons with disabilities. I am grateful to Lt. Gov Dewhurst and look forward to working with him and with my colleagues to meet the challenges before us.”

SENATOR JUDITH ZAFFIRINI joins Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst in attending commencement ceremonies at Texas A&M International University in Laredo. As Chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee, Senator Zaffirini champions legislation and funding that support all Texas colleges and universities.