May 30, 2020
Congresswoman Jackson Lee Endorses Royce West in U.S. Senate Race
DALLAS--On Monday, Houston Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee endorsed Texas State Sen. Royce West in the July 14th Democratic Primary Runoff for United States Senate.
“Some electoral races are simply too important to not to be involved, and the Texas senatorial race is one of those races,” Jackson Lee said. “It is without hesitation that I endorse Senator Royce West. He is a statesman and a true public servant of the highest order; he is also my friend,” Jackson Lee said.
Jackson Lee noted that, at this critical moment in American history, Royce West is particularly suited to help solve the challenges facing our country.
“Royce West authored and passed one of the first body camera laws in this nation. Body cameras have brought a great deal of transparency to the interactions between citizens and police. This is one reason the House of Representatives recently addressed body cameras in the Justice in Policing Act we recently passed,” Jackson Lee noted.
“In addition, Royce West provided tremendous leadership in passing the James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Act in Texas, as well as the state’s racial profiling law,” Jackson Lee continued.
“That level of experience with the issues facing our nation today is rare in a candidate for public office. Royce West is the man for this moment in history,” Jackson Lee noted.
Congresswoman Jackson Lee also noted West had accomplished much for Texans, on other issues, during his tenure in the Texas Senate.
“Royce has served in the Texas Senate since 1993 and is committed to progressive ideas,” Jackson Lee said. “He is always well-versed on policy issues and he has worked on key legislation in the state including creating uniform college admissions applications for all students, increased funding for at-risk youth programs, worked to award greater compensation to victims of violent crimes, a vision to create the first public university and law school within the city of Dallas which helps college to be both affordable and accessible, among many other things,” Jackson Lee noted.
“Senator West’s work to establish new standards for childcare, his support of women’s reproductive rights, comprehensive immigration reform, fair wages, common-sense gun legislation, institute more efficient uses of criminal justice resources by creating a system of sanctions and I know that he supports the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020, are all among the many reasons he has earned my support and Texans’ votes,” Jackson Lee continued.
West said he was honored by Jackson Lee’s endorsement. “Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is a leading force in criminal justice reform, women’s rights and constitutional rights for Americans in the U. S. Congress, all issues that are close to my heart. I look forward to working with her to make change in Washington”, West said.
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