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Weekly Update from Attorney General Ken Paxton: November 11, 2016

Thursday, November 10, 2016 – Austin, TX


Each election day, I feel blessed that we live in a country where political disputes are settled through the ballot box. It’s easy to forget, but the peaceful transition of power Americans have come to expect every four years is an exception in the context of human history—one reason why Ronald Reagan called it, “nothing less than a miracle.” The process is often messy, but the crucible of open debate has furnished the United States with great leaders who have steered the ship of state through its toughest waters.

It is with this in mind that I extend my congratulations to our President-elect, Donald Trump, as well as an invitation. The federal government has broken many of the bonds that once anchored it to the Constitution’s promise of liberty and self-determination. I ask that the President-elect fulfill his campaign promise and immediately roll back those policies and return the federal government to its proper role. In doing so, he will find a strong ally in the Texas Attorney General’s office as we work to restore the rule of law.

Rest assured, this election does not lessen my commitment to see the rights of Texans vindicated; nor does it cloud my recognition that the cause of liberty must continue to be fought in this nation’s courts. Since the election, many constituents and representatives from the media have contacted my office to inquire whether Tuesday’s results would impact the mound of cases my office has pending against the federal government. The answer depends on this new administration. No president, regardless of political party, has a free pass to violate the U.S. Constitution. Litigation initiated by my office therefore will proceed until the federal government stops overreaching beyond its constitutional bounds.

Fortunately, Texas voters elected a strong contingent of state officials to join me in that fight. I offer my sincerest congratulations to the slate of Texas candidates, who emerged Tuesday night imbued with the public’s trust. I know many of these men and women personally, and I am confident that through their efforts and leadership, Texas will continue to shine as a beacon of American hope. There are challenges ahead, but I leave this election cycle proud to be an American and forever grateful to be a Texan. 

Very Truly Yours,

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