Sen. Carlos Uresti: Honor to Serve with Judge John Specia

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March 4, 2016

Austin, TX—Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner John Specia has announced plans to retire from the Department at the end of May, 2016. Senator Carlos Uresti and Judge Specia have built a strong personal and professional relationship over two decades of public service.

"I've been truly privileged to have worked with Judge Specia in his role as a District Court Judge, member of the Texas Supreme Court Children's Commission, founding member of the Blue Ribbon Task Force, and as Commissioner of the Department of Family and Protective Services. His passion and commitment to the children of Texas in combination to the vast experience he has acquired, have been tremendous assets the State has relied upon throughout his tenure.

“As Commissioner at the Department of Family and Protective Services, the state has taken great strides to improve its Child Protective Services practices, increased the prominence of its child abuse prevention programs, and implemented a structured overhaul of the foster care system. These gains must be continued and built upon. I wish Judge John Specia well, and I am honored to have been able to call him a friend and colleague. Our children are safer because of John Specia." said Senator Carlos Uresti.

Sen. Uresti represents Senate District 19, which covers more than 35,000 square miles and contains all or part of 17 counties, two international ports of entry, eleven state parks, 51 school districts, 2700 miles of highways, and more than 23,000 producing oil and gas wells in both the Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin. The district is larger than 12 states and 82 Nations, and contains over one third of the Texas-Mexico border. Sen. Uresti is proud to serve on the Finance, Natural Resources & Economic Development, Health & Human Services, and Administration Committees. Senator Uresti is the first Senator from San Antonio to serve on the Legislative Budget Board.