Senator Royce West Files for Reelection
Monday, December 2nd, 2013 @ 1:33PM
DALLAS – Today, State Senator Royce West (D-Dallas) filed for reelection to the Texas Senate. Senator West has represented the citizens of Dallas County in Texas Senatorial District 23 since first being elected to the Texas Legislature in November 1992.
Senator West is excited to continue his work as an effective and tenured member of the Legislature.
“It does not seem that I am near completing my 20th year of service on behalf of the constituents of Dallas County and the citizens of Texas,” said Senator West. “But I remain as committed to doing the job down in Austin as I was when I first set foot on the floor of the Texas Senate.”
“I remain excited because despite the hundreds of pieces of legislation that I’ve helped place into law, there yet remains serious work to be done,” Senator West said. “I cannot rest knowing that some Texas school children do not have all the resources they will need to get not only a high school diploma, but to also become ready to compete in a 21st Century global economy. We still face challenges with making healthcare accessible to families across a growing state. And locally, we must continue to make improvements to our transportation infrastructure and must make sure that those roads lead to more and better jobs. So you see, there remains work to be done and I am more than ready to take on the task.”
Senator West’s legislative accomplishments as a member of the Texas Senate are numerous. He launched the effort and passed the legislation needed to bring Dallas its first and only four-year, state-supported university, the University of North Texas at Dallas. Next fall, UNT-Dallas will expand its educational offerings with the opening of the region’s only public law school in Downtown Dallas. Soon a School of Pharmacy will also open also under the University of North Texas System through the UNT Health Science Center. Senator West has also authored legislation that allows students to earn college credits while still in high school.
In 1999, Texas became one of the nation’s largest states to pass a law that bans the practice of racial profiling by law enforcement. Because of that law, most all patrol cars used by Texas law enforcement agencies are equipped with the audio/visual technology that is now commonplace. Senator West also passed into law a bill that created the Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Center at Prairie View A& M University. It offers the nation’s only doctoral program in Juvenile Justice. Senator West has also continued to champion the cause of minority-owned businesses though the state’s Historically Underutilized Business Programs.
Senator West is the current chairman of the Senate Jurisprudence Committee. He is a past chair of the Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations where in 2011; he authored comprehensive legislation that now regulates homeowner associations. He is a member of Senate committees on Finance, Health and Human Services, Education and Higher Education. He has completed 11 legislative sessions, the first in 1993, through the 2013 Legislature that ended this summer. Senator West also created the Dr. Emmett J. Conrad Leadership Program that has provided employment for more than 2,000 college interns.