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State Representative Jim McReynolds Honored at Deep East Texas Reception
Tyler County Booster - January 2009
Over two hundred fifty people packed the atrium of the Omni Downtown Hotel in Austin Monday night, including Tyler County and area city officials, for the Deep East Texas Reception. The event, honoring State Officials and Legislators from the Deep East Texas area, was held the night before the convening of the 81st Session of the Texas Legislature. A special presentation of “Deep East Texas Legislator of the Year 2008” was made to State Representative, Jim McReynolds. The award is given to a legislator that has shown outstanding efforts on behalf of the people of Deep East Texas. Texas Agriculture Commissioner, Todd Staples, a past recipient of the award, made the presentation. In accepting the award, McReynolds called the other Deep East Texas Representatives and Senator Bob Nichols to join him on the stage. “It took the whole legislative delegation from Deep East Texas to accomplish what we did in the last legislative session. We went to the mat for you then, and we are ready to do it again,” said Representative McReynolds. Echoing McReynolds comments, Burke Center Executive Director, Susan Rushing, said “things happen when we all work together. We would not have the new Psychiatric Center serving Deep East Texas if the counties and hospitals had not worked together to get it.” Continuing she said, “Representative McReynolds and Senator Nichols are effective champions for mental health services in the region.” The sponsors for the 2009 reception include the Deep East Texas County Commissioners and Judges Association, the Deep East Texas Council of Governments, The Burke Center, the Texas Forestry Association, East Texas Support Services, Inc., the City of Lufkin, the City of Jasper, Polk County, Jasper County, Tyler County, Nacogdoches County, Houston County, The Jasper Economic Development Corporation, Stephen F. Austin State University, the Lower Neches Valley Authority, the Sabine River Authority, David J. Waxman, Inc., The Deep East Texas Foundation and First Bank and Trust East Texas.