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DISTRICT 21 SENATOR HAS HELD OFFICE 36 YEARS
District 21 Senator Judith Zaffirini of Laredo cast her 70,000th consecutive vote in the Texas Senate on Wednesday, May 10, marking a state- and nationwide record.
The senator’s office reported last week that Zaffirini has never missed a vote in the Texas Senate since she took the oath of office in 1987.
She was presented with a commemorative gavel to mark the occasion last month by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. The Senate Ladies Club presented her with a bouquet of flowers.
“Every vote counts, and I take my responsibility to cast each one seriously,” Sen. Zaffirini said. “I will continue to work hard on behalf of my constituents and to represent them to the best of my ability.”
In a career that has spanned more than 36 years and continues, the senator has passed more than 1,200 bills by working across the political aisle and bridging divides. During the current session she has voted to pass important bipartisan legislation, including Senate Bill (SB) 1639, the “Save Our Swifties” bill, with Rep. Kronda Thimesch (R-Denton). If signed by Governor Greg Abbott, it will prohibit ticket-scalping bots from purchasing concert tickets online.
Sen. Zaffirini’s SB 49, co-sponsored by Senator Angela Paxton (R-McKinney), would extend eligibility for the Crime Victims Compensation Program.
This year, she has passed 18 Senate bills and 6 House bills that have been sent to the governor for his signature. Another 46 Senate bills by Zaffirini have been passed by the Senate and await consideration by the House of Representatives.
The senator has received more than 1,100 awards and honors for her legislative, professional and public service leadership, including being inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame by Gov. Abbott in 2019 and receiving the 2022 Liberty Bell Award, which is awarded to the non-lawyer with the greatest impact on the law, from the Laredo-Webb County Bar Association.
Constituents may contact the senator or her staff, especially regarding perspectives about legislation, via Judith.Zaffirini@senate.texas.gov; her district office at (956) 722-2293; or her Capitol office at (512) 463-0121.