UT-Austin Scholarship Named for Senator Judith Zaffirini

UT-Austin Scholarship Named for Senator Judith Zaffirini

(AUSTIN) – A scholarship for South Texas students at The University of Texas at Austin has been named for Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, the Texas Exes announced Tuesday.

The Senator Judith Zaffirini Scholarship will be presented annually by the Texas Exes to deserving students from South Texas who need assistance paying for college.

The scholarship was endowed by the senator’s son, Carlos Zaffirini Jr., an attorney and businessman. Because of his contribution, the Texas Exes will create a permanent endowment that can fund scholarships for years to come.

The Zaffirini Scholarship was announced at a reception hosted by UT Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, UT President Bill Powers and the Texas Exes. Guests included UT Distinguished Alumni, academic deans and student leaders.

John Beckworth, Texas Exes president, Cigarroa, Powers and Zaffirini Jr. spoke about the senator’s passion and leadership for higher education in general and UT-Austin in particular.

“Promoting access to higher education is my passion and long has been the cornerstone of my service in the Texas Senate,” Senator Zaffirini said. “Accordingly, I am tremendously grateful and proud that Carlos Jr. has created a scholarship in my name at our beloved alma mater.”

A life member of the Texas Exes, Senator Zaffirini is Co-Chair of the Joint Oversight Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency and served three terms as Chair of Higher Education in the Texas Senate. A communication specialist, she holds B.S., M.A. and PhD degrees from The University of Texas at Austin, each with a 3.9 grade-point average.

Carlos Jr. also earned his B.B.A. and J.D. at UT-Austin.


Senator Zaffirini Visits San Patricio County

(AUSTIN) — Education, transportation, water and economic development were high on the agenda as Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, interacted with San Patricio County residents at five events yesterday.

The senator joined members of the Sinton Rotary Club for lunch at the Back Street Café. Also in attendance were members of the Portland Rotary Club including Patti Cass-Strain, Director of the Portland Chamber of Commerce.

“Rotary’s motto of ‘Service above self’ reflects my approach to serving in the Texas Senate,” she said. “I am grateful to the Sinton Rotary Club members, including President Chip Weaver and President-Elect Patrick Flanigan, for their hospitality and for focusing on priority issues for San Patricio County and our great state.”

At IBC Bank in Sinton, she discussed local and state issues with community leaders including Sinton ISD Superintendent Steve VanMatre, Ingleside City Manager Jim Gray, County Attorney David Aken, County Clerk Gracie Alaniz-Gonzalez and Bobby Nedbalek of the Texas Farm Bureau.

Senator Zaffirini also visited Gregory’s Stephen F. Austin Elementary School with Gregory-Portland ISD Superintendent Dr. Paul Clore and encouraged students to sharpen their reading and writing skills, to stay in school and to pursue a college education.

A member of the Senate Economic Development Committee, Senator Zaffirini joined San Patricio Economic Development Corporation Director Josephine Miller in visiting the construction site for the TPCO pipe mill in Gregory, a $1 billion investment that could create as many as 600 new jobs.

“Thanks to its proximity to the Port of Corpus Christi and important transportation corridors, San Patricio County has the potential to attract new jobs in a variety of industries,” she said. “The TPCO facility not only will create jobs, but also will help catalyze future growth.”

At a town hall meeting in Mathis, she answered questions from residents and local leaders including Mayor Ciri Villarreal and members of the City Council, San Patricio County Commissioner Alma Moreno and Mathis ISD Superintendent Dr. Maria Rodriguez-Casas.

Senator Zaffirini, who has passed 725 bills and received more than 670 awards and honors for her legislative, public service and professional work, also encouraged San Patricio County residents to send her their ideas for legislation for the legislative session that convenes on Jan. 8.

“Some of my best legislation was suggested by constituents,” she said. “I consider all proposals respectfully and deliberately, especially those submitted by residents of Senate District 21.”

Constituents with questions or concerns regarding legislation or state agencies are encouraged to contact Senator Zaffirini’s Laredo District Office at 956/722-2293 or her Capitol Office at 512/463-0121 or 1-800/851-1568. Emails may be sent to [email protected]

ROTARY CLUB MEMBERS from Sinton and Portland interact with Senator Judith Zaffirini at the Back Street Café.

STEPHEN F. AUSTIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL students listen as Senator Zaffirini talks about the importance of staying in school.

COMMUNITY LEADERS including (L-R) Councilman David Garcia, County Commissioner Alma Moreno, Mayor Ciri Villarreal and Superintendent Dr. Maria Rodriguez-Casas greet Senator Judith Zaffirini at a town hall meeting in Mathis.

SENATOR JUDITH ZAFFIRINI, D-Laredo, answers a question from Mathis Volunteer Firefighter Adrian Ramirez at a town hall meeting.

Statement from Senator Judith Zaffirini Regarding the Death of Senator Mario Gallegos

“I am deeply saddened by the death of my friend and colleague, Senator Mario Gallegos.

“My son and I travelled to Houston on Sunday to spend time with Senator Gallegos and his family. He was resting peacefully and was surrounded by some of the countless relatives and friends who loved him and treasured his friendship—myself included.

“When he began his career, his goals and desires were to save lives—plain and simple. Saving lives was what he did for 22 years as a firefighter with the Houston Fire Department, and it was what he did in the Texas Senate. Ask anyone familiar with his work in the Texas Senate and they certainly will tell you that Senator Gallegos was a dear friend of law enforcement and public safety. Anyone familiar with his work in the Texas Senate will tell you that he fought passionately for health and human services for the very poor, the very young, the very old and persons with disabilities.

“Senator Gallegos never quit. Even those who disagreed with him politically admired his passion, his generosity and his sense of duty to his constituents. His firefighter’s perseverance brought to mind Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem The Ladder of St. Augustine:

‘We have not wings, we cannot soar;
But we have feet to scale and climb
By slow degrees, by more and more,
The cloudy summits of our time.’

“May God bless Senator Mario Gallegos, his family and his constituents.”

Oct. 9 is Deadline to Register to Vote for November Election

(AUSTIN) — Tuesday, Oct. 9, is the deadline to register to vote in the November elections, Senator Judith Zaffirini reminded Texans today (Monday).

“It is critical that eligible Texans register to vote before the fast-approaching Oct. 9 deadline,” Senator Zaffirini said. “Every vote will make a difference in the important local, state and federal elections that will be decided in November.”

Early voting begins on Monday, Oct. 22, and ends on Friday, Nov. 2. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Qualified voters are U.S. citizens who will be 18 by election day; residents of the county in which they register; not convicted felons (unless a person’s sentence is completed, including any probation or parole); and not declared mentally incapacitated by a court of law.

Voter registration applications are available at local voter registration offices and many post offices, libraries, the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Department of Human Services offices and the Texas Secretary of State’s website, www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/reqvr.shtml.

Texans who want to find out if they are already registered should visit http://votetexas.gov/. Voters who haven’t received their voter registration cards or who need to change names or addresses also should contact their local voter registrars.

Constituents with questions or concerns about voting should call their local voter registrar or the Texas Secretary of State’s Office at 800/252-VOTE.