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May 31 2011

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Senator Cornyn visits East Texas

U.S. Senator John Cornyn recently made several stops while touring East Texas.  He visited Tyler’s East Texas Food Bank Community Garden Project in honor of its first anniversary and second harvest.  He commended the innovative project and its expert coordination by community partners, including local residents who have donated land and supplies, the Smith County Sheriff’s Office for providing labor to maintain the garden, the local AgriLife County Extension Office, and the East Texas Food Bank itself for distributing the produce to needy families in 26 counties throughout eastern Texas.  Smith County Sheriff J.B. Smith, 12th Court of Appeals Justice Sam Griffith, and Food Bank Director Dennis Cullinane joined Cornyn on his tour.
The senator next moved on to Longview, where he delivered a legislative update at a luncheon held by the chamber of commerce.  He detailed East Texas-related activity in Washington and spoke favorably on Longview’s commitment to business-friendly, pro-growth policies that keep the city solvent during these lean economic times.
Cornyn then traveled down I-20 to Marshall for a roundtable discussion with leaders of the Marshall Chamber of Commerce and the Marshall Economic Development Corporation.  He received briefing on the latest financial developments in Marshall and Harrison County.
His final stop was Texarkana, where he met with the owners and employees of Mayo Furniture Manufacturing to learn about the positive impact this firm has had on that city’s economy during its 46-year history.  He also learned about the self-insured health care policy Mayo provides its employees, and about their concerns that Obamacare might force an end to this health insurance coverage and consequently hamper future expansion.

The Honorable Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt welcomes Texas Senator John Cornyn to Longview

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