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AG Pax­ton: Fifth Cir­cuit Upholds Texas’s Method of Appoint­ing Pres­i­den­tial Electors

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today applauded the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit for affirming the constitutionality of the State’s method of appointing representatives to the Electoral College.

February 27, 2020 | Press Release

AG Pax­ton: California’s Trav­el Ban Under­mines Nation­al Uni­ty; Vio­lates U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion by Pun­ish­ing Those Who Respect Reli­gious Liberty

Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed an original action against the State of California in the United States Supreme Court, seeking to strike down California’s travel ban for states that uphold First Amendment protections for religious liberty.

February 10, 2020 | Press Release

AG Pax­ton Defends Elec­toral Col­lege at Fifth Circuit

On behalf of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Governor Greg Abbott, Deputy Solicitor General Matthew Frederick today defended the time-honored Electoral College system at the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

February 06, 2020 | Press Release

AG Pax­ton Urges Court to Pro­tect Baby Girl’s Right to Life

On behalf of Attorney General Ken Paxton and Governor Greg Abbott, Texas Solicitor General Kyle Hawkins today argued before the Second Court of Appeals, fighting to protect baby T.L.’s life and halt a Texas law that allows physicians, along with an ethics or medical committee, to cease life-sustaining treatment against a patient or caregiver’s wishes.

February 04, 2020 | Press Release

AG Pax­ton Defends Right to Life for 9‑Month-Old Baby Girl

Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the District Court of Tarrant County in support of a nine-month-old baby girl who is fighting for her life after Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas denied the baby’s mother’s request to continue life-sustaining treatment for her.

November 22, 2019 | Amicus Brief

AG Pax­ton Leads 13-State Brief Sup­port­ing Pres­i­dent Trump’s Author­i­ty to Appoint CFPB Director

“The existing framework leaves American workplaces vulnerable to rules that may rely on incorrect information and assumptions that are political in nature, inconsistent or not based on expertise,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The CFPB was operating in an unaccountable and unauthorized fashion, and their rogue behavior cannot go unchecked.”

March 02, 2018

AG Pax­ton Leads 16-State SCO­TUS Brief Sup­port­ing Pres­i­dent Trump’s Trav­el Ban

“President Trump's highest obligation is to ensure the safety and security of all Americans, and with his latest travel ban, he is fulfilling that sacred responsibility,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The travel ban is constitutional and vital to upgrading both vetting and national security procedures that will help protect the nation from terrorism. The president is invoking executive powers embodied in the Constitution, authorized by Congress and used 44 times by a bipartisan list of former presidents without a legal challenge.”

February 28, 2018

AG Ken Pax­ton: Texas Pre­vails Over the Oba­ma Admin­is­tra­tion’s Unlaw­ful Felon Hir­ing Rule

“The Obama Administration overreached its legal authority by imposing EEOC hiring directives that preempt state law and ignore the very real risks to public safety,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Texas has the sovereign right to impose categorical bans on the hiring of criminals for such jobs as state troopers, school teachers and jailers, and the EEOC has no authority to say otherwise. Requiring Texas to issue badges and guns to felons is bad policy and unlawful.”

February 01, 2018

AG Pax­ton Files Mul­ti-State Brief to Pre­vent Fed­er­al Overreach

“We're asking the 11th Circuit to uphold the lower court's ruling and prevent overreach by the federal government,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Congress had every reason to believe that federal enforcement of the ADA against the states themselves was not necessary because every state in the union has a history of protecting disabled citizens from discrimination that pre-dates the ADA. Title II of the ADA provides legal recourse to any person alleging discrimination under the law, and that in itself serves as a substantial enforcement procedure.”

January 24, 2018

AG Pax­ton: D.C. Court Rejects Chal­lenge to Pres­i­dent Trump’s Author­i­ty to Appoint CFPB Act­ing Director

“I am pleased that the district court recognized that longstanding legal precedent supports the president's power to appoint personnel in this situation. The CFPB was operating in an unaccountable and unauthorized fashion,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Accountable government requires some oversight over our independent regulators. The CFPB's rogue behavior cannot go on unchecked.”

January 12, 2018