Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive



Tuesday, June 8, 1999

CORNYN ANNOUNCES NEW ETHICS POLICY
Sets Clear, High Standards and Ends Revolving Door Practice

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced his new ethics policy for the Attorney General's employees, setting clear, high standards in ethical conduct. Cornyn's ethics initiative is consistent with rules from the Texas Ethics Commission, the Texas Code of Professional Responsibility and the Texas Disciplinary Rules. This policy imposes standards for ethical behavior upon the Attorney General, executive administration, attorneys, and all other staff.

"This ethics policy sends a clear signal that I hold the public trust in the highest regard, and I expect the employees of the Attorney General's office to do the same," said Attorney General Cornyn.

After leaving employment with the Attorney General's office, all employees, including the Attorney General, are prohibited from lobbying the Attorney General's office on issues related to their previous position for one year. Each member of the Attorney General's office will sign a written acknowledgment of this policy prior to starting employment with the Office of the Attorney General.

Other highlights from the Attorney General's ethics policy include:

Elizabeth Rogers, the Attorney Ombudsman, will serve as the Office of the Attorney General's Ethics Advisor. The Ombudsman will implement the ethics policy and serve as a resource for employees.

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