State Senator Joan Huffman, District 17
Senator Joan Huffman started her career as a public servant in 1981. Upon earning her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University, she became a secretary for the Harris County District Attorney’s office. It was there that she became inspired by the work of prosecutors and decided to attend law school. She took night classes at South Texas College of Law while working full time.
Upon earning her law degree, Joan was hired as a prosecutor and advanced from misdemeanor court to Chief Felony Prosecutor, Special Crimes Gang Prosecutor, and Legal Counsel to the Organized Crime Narcotics Task Force. She served as lead prosecutor in over 100 jury trials, including murders, sexual assaults, aggravated robberies, and sexual assaults of children. Huffman earned a reputation as a fair and tough enforcer of the law both as a prosecutor and a twice elected Judge to the 183rd Criminal District Court.
Senator Huffman was first elected to the Texas Senate in 2008 after winning a special election to fill the vacated office of Senate District 17 and has been twice re-elected. Her background and knowledge on various topics has allowed for her to serve on several key committees which impact the overall operation and efficiency of state government. She currently serves as Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on State Affairs, Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice, and is a member of the Senate Committee on Finance and the Legislative Budget Board.
Senator Huffman’s common sense approach to solving issues has allowed for her to build strong relationships with members of both parties, which enables her to represent the needs of her district and her constituents efficiently and effectively. Her leadership has been acknowledged by numerous advocacy groups. She was named a “Champion for Free Enterprise” by the Texas Association of Business, a “Taxpayer Champion” by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility and a “Big Voice for Little Texans” by Court Appointed Special Advocates for her work to protect children. She was also named a “Patient Care Champion” by the Harris County Medical Society and is the only repeat recipient of the Texas District and County Attorneys Association’s “Law and Order Award” since its inception, for her efforts to improve victims’ protections and the criminal justice system.
Senator Huffman lives with her family in Houston and proudly represents a diverse district which includes portions of Brazoria, Fort Bend and Harris counties.
State Senator Larry Taylor, District 11
A native Texan, Larry attended Baylor University where he received his BBA in 1982. He and his wife Kerri are the proud parents of three adult children and a granddaughter, Lila. Larry owns Truman Taylor Insurance Agency in Friendswood, an independent agency started by his father more than 50 years ago.
Senator Taylor serves as the Chairman of the Senate Public Education Committee and as a member of the Senate Finance, Business and Commerce and Intergovernmental Relations Committees. Before his election to the Texas Senate in 2012, he served five terms in the Texas House of Representatives.
Senator Larry Taylor represents Texas Senate District 11, comprised of portions of Brazoria, Galveston, and Harris Counties.
State Representative Sarah Davis, District 134
Sarah Davis is a three-term Texas state representative. Davis graduated from John Foster Dulles High School in Sugar Land in 1994. In college, she was a member of the Baylor University debate team. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Baylor in 1998, she went on to earn her Law Degree from the University of Houston in 2001.
Davis is an accomplished and successful attorney devoting her career to defending against personal injury lawsuits. She is a partner with the national law firm of Wilson Elser, LLP. Sarah’s clients include individuals, local businesses, and Fortune 500 companies.
Davis was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010, and served on the Public Health and Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committees. Davis was re-elected in 2012 and 2014, and currently serves on the House General Investigating and Ethics, Public Health, Calendars, and Appropriations committees. She served on the appropriations subcommittee dealing with health and human services, and also chaired the appropriations subcommittee on budget transparency and reform. This past session, Speaker Straus selected Representative Davis to serve as a conferee on the budget conference committee, as 1 of 5 house members charged with reconciling the house and senate budgets. She was also recently named to the House Select Committee on Mental Health and as Chair of the Select Committee to Determine a Sufficient Balance of the Economic Stabilization Fund.
State Representative Jim Murphy, District 133
State Representative Jim Murphy represents District 133, West Houston. First elected in 2006, Murphy serves as Chairman of the House Committee on Corrections and is a member of the Ways & Means Committee. Murphy also serves as Floor Leader for the House Republican Caucus.
His legislative accomplishments have earned Jim awards from organizations including the Texas Association of Business, National Coalition for Capitol, Texas Right to Life, Texas Conservative Coalition, Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas, National Federation of Independent Businesses, and Texas Chemical Council.
Prior to his service in the Legislature, Murphy was twice elected to the HCC Board of Trustees, serving from 1997 to 2006.
Jim works as an economic development consultant through his firm, District Management Services. In this capacity, he has helped bring in over $2 billion in new investment and tens of thousands of jobs to West Houston.
Murphy grew up in District 133 and graduated from Strake Jesuit and UT Austin. He and his wife, Dr. Kathleen Murphy are members of St. John Vianney Catholic Church and have two adult sons, Robert and Pace.
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