THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS
Ken Paxton

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton: Texas-Based PP Video ‘Simply Appalling’
“The shameful disregard for human life and the callous nature of the individuals in this recording, as in the others that have been released, is simply appalling. Human life is not a commodity. These videos shine a spotlight on the true nature of the abortion industry, the extinguishment of life and the business decisions driving the treatment of their ‘patients.’”
Monday, August 3, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton: Texas Will Fight the Obama Administration’s Agenda-driven Carbon Rule
“The Obama Administration’s extreme climate agenda was on full display today. Unable to force their scheme through an elected Congress, they are instead dictating a sweeping expansion of the EPA’s regulatory power. If this rule takes effect, the harm to Texas families will be immeasurable, through skyrocketing electric bills and lost opportunities for jobs – all with little to no benefit to the environment. The State of Texas will not back down in fighting this aggressive overreach in court.”
Friday, July 31, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Texas Attorney General’s Office Files Lawsuit against Almeda Food Mart for Distributing Synthetic Marijuana: Joined by the Harris County Attorney’s Office and City of Houston
The Texas Attorney General’s Office today joined forces with the Harris County Attorney’s Office and City of Houston to sue the Houston-area convenience store Almeda Food Mart for distributing products containing synthetic marijuana, a dangerous substance that has led to hundreds of recent hospitalizations and overdoses across Texas. The lawsuit follows several undercover investigations performed by the Houston Police Department (HPD), which uncovered and seized more than 300 packages of the substance at the store.
Friday, July 31, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Joint Investigation Lands Bell County Man in Jail for Possession and Production of Child Pornography
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the Attorney General’s Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) successfully executed an arrest warrant issued by the Federal Grand Jury Western District of Texas Waco Division resulting in the arrest of Eric Jonathan Pfeiffer, 38, for one count of Possession of Visual Depictions of Sexual Activities by Minors and one count of Production of Child Pornography.
Friday, July 31, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Ken Paxton Appoints Mara Friesen as Deputy Attorney General for Child Support
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the appointment of Mara Friesen as Deputy Attorney General of the Child Support Division (CSD) and IV-Director. Friesen has been a member of the child support team since 2000.
Thursday, July 30, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton: Former RadioShack Customers Deserve to be Treated Fairly
“While the company knew it would be filing for bankruptcy in the coming weeks, RadioShack continued to sell gift cards to its customers, falsely representing that they would never expire. Consumers deserve better, and we will fight to ensure that they are treated honestly and fairly by former RadioShack in this process.”
Thursday, July 30, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton Urges EPA to Extend Effective Date of WOTUS Rule
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has joined North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and 29 other states urging the EPA to extend the effective date of the planned Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, which is currently set to go in effect August 28, 2015. Once the rule gets into effect, virtually every river, stream and creek in the U.S. will come under the oversight of bureaucrats from the EPA. This would force sweeping changes to environmental policy, and will cause unnecessary hardship to farmers, private property owners and businesses having a detrimental effect on local and state economies.
Thursday, July 30, 2015 – San Antonio, Texas
Attorney General Ken Paxton Names San Antonio Child Support Employee Assistant Attorney General of the Year: Ward Elmendorf singled out as region’s top attorney for dedication to Texas children
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recognized Ward Elmendorf, an assistant attorney general in the Child Support Division’s San Antonio Interstate office, for his commitment to Texas children. Elmendorf was named Assistant Attorney General of the Year for the Child Support Division’s San Antonio region, which covers 23 counties. Attorney General Ken Paxton presented the award to Elmendorf on Wednesday at the Statewide Assistant Attorneys General Conference in Dallas.
Thursday, July 30, 2015 – Bryan, Texas
Attorney General Ken Paxton Names Bryan Child Support Employee Assistant Attorney General of the Year: Norbert Mahnke singled out as region’s top attorney for dedication to Texas children
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recognized Norbert Mahnke, an assistant attorney general in the Child Support Division’s Bryan office, for his commitment to Texas children. Mahnke was named Assistant Attorney General of the Year for the Child Support Division’s Austin region, which covers 42 counties. Attorney General Ken Paxton presented the award to Mahnke on Wednesday at the Statewide Assistant Attorneys General Conference in Dallas.
Thursday, July 30, 2015 – Beaumont, Texas
Attorney General Ken Paxton Names Beaumont Child Support Employee Assistant Attorney General of the Year: Michael Sanchez singled out as region’s top attorney for dedication to Texas children
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recognized Michael Sanchez, an assistant attorney general in the Child Support Division’s Beaumont office, for his commitment to Texas children. Sanchez was named Assistant Attorney General of the Year for the Child Support Division’s Tyler region, which covers 43 counties. Attorney General Ken Paxton presented the award to Sanchez on Wednesday at the Statewide Assistant Attorneys General Conference in Dallas.
Thursday, July 30, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Ken Paxton Names Austin Child Support Employee Assistant Attorney General of the Year: Maria Jimena Rivera named state office’s top attorney for dedication to Texas children
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recognized Maria Jimena Rivera, an assistant attorney general in the Child Support Division, for her commitment to Texas children. Rivera was named Assistant Attorney General of the Year for the Child Support Division’s main office in Austin. Attorney General Ken Paxton presented the award to Rivera on Wednesday at the Statewide Assistant Attorneys General Conference in Dallas.
Thursday, July 30, 2015 – Denton, Texas
Attorney General Ken Paxton Names Denton Child Support Employee Assistant Attorney General of the Year: John Cashman singled out as region’s top attorney for dedication to Texas children
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recognized John Cashman, an assistant attorney general in the Child Support Division’s Denton office, for his commitment to Texas children. Cashman was named Assistant Attorney General of the Year for the Child Support Division’s Fort Worth region, which covers 24 counties. Attorney General Ken Paxton presented the award to Lee on Wednesday at the Statewide Assistant Attorneys General Conference in Dallas.
Thursday, July 30, 2015 – El Paso, Texas
Attorney General Ken Paxton Names El Paso Child Support Employee Assistant Attorney General of the Year: Georgette Garcia-Kaufmann singled out as region’s top attorney for dedication to Texas children
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recognized Georgette Garcia-Kaufmann, an assistant attorney general in the Child Support Division’s El Paso East office, for her commitment to Texas children. Garcia-Kaufmann was named Assistant Attorney General of the Year for the Child Support Division’s El Paso region, which covers 21 counties. Attorney General Ken Paxton presented the award to Garcia-Kaufmann on Wednesday at the Statewide Assistant Attorneys General Conference in Dallas.
Thursday, July 30, 2015 – Dallas, Texas
Attorney General Ken Paxton Names Dallas Child Support Employee Assistant Attorney General of the Year: Gabriela Sotelo singled out as region’s top attorney for dedication to Texas children
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recognized Gabriela Sotelo, an assistant attorney general in the Child Support Division’s Dallas Northwest office, for her commitment to Texas children. Sotelo was named Assistant Attorney General of the Year for the Child Support Division’s Dallas region, which serves Dallas and five surrounding counties. Attorney General Ken Paxton presented the award to Sotelo on Wednesday at the Statewide Assistant Attorneys General Conference in Dallas.
Thursday, July 30, 2015 – La Marque, Texas
Attorney General Ken Paxton Names La Marque Child Support Employee Assistant Attorney General of the Year: Dianna Norton singled out as region’s top attorney for dedication to Texas children
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recognized Dianna Norton, an assistant attorney general in the Child Support Division’s La Marque office, for her commitment to Texas children. Norton was named Assistant Attorney General of the Year for the Child Support Division’s Houston region, which covers nine counties. Attorney General Ken Paxton presented the award to Norton on Wednesday at the Statewide Assistant Attorneys General Conference in Dallas.
Thursday, July 30, 2015 – Amarillo, Texas
Attorney General Ken Paxton Names Amarillo Child Support Employee Assistant Attorney General of the Year: Dale Lee singled out as region’s top attorney for dedication to Texas children
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recognized Dale Lee, an assistant attorney general in the Child Support Division’s Amarillo office, for his commitment to Texas children. Lee was named Assistant Attorney General of the Year for the Child Support Division’s Lubbock region, which covers 90 counties. Attorney General Ken Paxton presented the award to Lee on Wednesday at the Statewide Assistant Attorneys General Conference in Dallas.
Thursday, July 30, 2015 – McAllen, Texas
Attorney General Ken Paxton Names McAllen Child Support Employee Assistant Attorney General of the Year: Ana Hansen singled out as region’s top attorney for dedication to Texas children
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recognized Ana Hansen, an assistant attorney general in the Child Support Division’s Pharr administrative office, for her commitment to Texas children. Hansen was named Assistant Attorney General of the Year for the Child Support Division’s McAllen region, which covers 13 counties. Attorney General Ken Paxton presented the award to Hansen on Wednesday at the Statewide Assistant Attorneys General Conference in Dallas.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton Testifies in Senate Hearing on Abortion Provider Practices
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testified today in front of the Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services regarding the active ongoing investigation into Planned Parenthood’s practices. The investigation follows the recent publication of several videos showing Planned Parenthood officials apparently discussing the harvesting and sale of human baby body parts.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton Announces Arrest of “Top 10” Most Wanted Sex Offender
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the Office of the Attorney General’s (OAG) Fugitive Unit arrested Michael Dewayne Cox after he failed to comply with sex offender registration requirements. On July 20, Coxs’ wanted information and photographs were included on the Texas Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) "Top 10" sex offender list.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 – Austin, Texas
DC Circuit Strikes Down EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Regulations
“In Texas we create air quality improvements through science and facts. The EPA’s agenda-driven mandates would have increased energy costs for hard-working Texans and decreased reliability. I’m pleased the court has sent the EPA marching back to the drawing board. We will continue to fight the EPA’s overreach while ensuring Texas can keep our air clean without wreaking havoc on family budgets.”
Friday, July 24, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Ken Paxton Statement on Victory for Houston Pastors
“I’m pleased the Texas Supreme Court unanimously threw out this agenda-driven ordinance in Houston. Today’s ruling is a victory for Houston pastors and the people of Houston, who will now have their voices heard. The fundamental rights of free speech and religious liberty must be protected, and this ruling is an important step in safeguarding these rights for Texans.”
Monday, July 20, 2015 – Cleburne, Texas
Joint Sting Operation Leads to Arrest of 16 Suspected Child Predators
The Texas Attorney General’s Office (OAG) today announced the arrest of 16 suspected child predators following a joint sting operation between the OAG’s Child Exploitation Unit, the Johnson County Special Crimes Unit and Sheriff’s Office, and the Cleburne and Burleson Police departments.
Friday, July 17, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton Statement on Two Year Anniversary of HB 2
“Two years ago this weekend, House Bill 2 was signed into law, recognizing the dignity of life in the womb at 20 weeks, as well as the need to improve both sanitary conditions and the quality of care available to Texas women. I was proud to co-sponsor House Bill 2 in the Texas Senate and help elevate the Lone Star State as a leader for life, and I’m proud to have led the effort to defend portions of HB 2 in court."
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Media Advisory: Clifton Lamar Williams scheduled for execution
Pursuant to a court order by the 114th Judicial District Court of Smith County, Clifton Lamar Williams is scheduled for execution after 6 p.m. on July 16, 2015. In 2006, Williams was convicted and sentenced to death for the capital murder of ninety-three-year-old Cecelia Schneider.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Texas Attorney General’s Office Investigating Planned Parenthood After Shocking Video About Sale of Baby Body Parts
“The Office of the Attorney General has launched an official investigation into Planned Parenthood following the release of a video that details the organization’s calculated slaughter of human babies to maximize the available body parts they plan to sell."