Last updated on: 8/17/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

John Cornyn, LLM Biography

Title:
United States Senator (R-TX)
Position:
Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“One can only assume, given the secrecy of developing this latest version of Obamacare and the partisan attacks of the last few days, that the President is merely going through the motions of transparency and bipartisanship with Thursday’s summit serving more as a made-for-TV event than a serious policy discussion.

It’s time for the President and the Democratic Majority to heed the will of the American people and start fresh to deliver real bipartisan health reform that takes common sense steps to lower health care costs.”

Press release, “Senator Cornyn Statement on President Obama’s Health Care Reform Bill,” cornyn.senate.gov, Feb. 22, 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • U.S. Senator (R-TX), 2002 – present
  • Member, Immigration, Refugees and Border Security Sub-Committee, Judiciary Committee
  • Member, Airland, Judiciary, and Budget Sub-Committees, Armed Services Committee
  • Friend of Farm Bureau, American Farm Bureau Federation, 2004
  • Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence, National Association of manufacturers, 2004
  • Chosen by Senate Majority Whip, Mitch McConnell, to become member of Senate Majority Whip Team, 2004
  • Golden Gavel Award, 2004
  • Friend of Rural Water Award, Texas Rural Water Association, 2004
  • Spirit of Enterprise Award, United States Chamber of Commerce, 2004
  • International Leadership Legislative Award, Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC), 2004
  • National Children’s Champion Award, National Child Support Enforcement Association, 2004
  • Hero of Taxpayer Award, Americans for Tax Reform, 2004
  • Congressional Partnership Award, National Association of Development Organizations, 2004
  • Attorney General, Texas, 1999 – 2002
  • Judge, Texas Supreme Court, 1990 – 1997
  • District Court Judge, San Antonio, Texas, 1984 – 1990
  • Lawyer, Groce, Locke, & Hebdon, 1977
Education:
  • LLM, University of Virginia Law School, 1995
  • JD, St. Mary’s School of Law, 1977
  • BA, Journalism, Trinity University, 1973
Other:
  • “When our family was stationed in Japan, I had the opportunity to climb Mount Fuji. I wrestled while attending high school in Japan… I planned to be a doctor when I enrolled in Trinity University in San Antonio. I passed physics and organic chemistry but realized that I didn’t have a real passion for the subjects. I switched my major from biology to journalism and worked for the school paper. After college, I decided not to become an entry–level reporter and instead studied for a real estate license while working as a waiter at Steak & Ale. I sold houses for about a year, but I soon discovered that I was not a very good salesman. I decided to go to law school and entered St. Mary’s University in San Antonio the following year.” (“Facts About Senator Cornyn,” The Dallas Morning News, Oct. 20, 2002)
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