Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive


Tuesday, May 8, 2001

CORNYN NAMES NEW FIRST ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL

Howard Baldwin to Assume New Position

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced his appointment of Howard Baldwin to be first assistant attorney general, the second highest ranking position in the agency.

Baldwin has served in Cornyn's office as deputy attorney general for child support and the Texas child support program's IV-D director. During that time, child support collections improved 36 percent, resulting in a record $1 billion last year. Customer service also improved dramatically. Today 96 percent of child support inquiry phone calls are answered in less than 30 seconds, up from only 14 percent when Attorney General Cornyn took office.

"Howard Baldwin has demonstrated exemplary leadership ability in heading up child support, the largest division within this agency. I am pleased to name him as my second in command," Attorney General Cornyn said today.

Prior to joining Cornyn's staff, Baldwin was the deputy director for government relations for the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services, the state's child protection agency, from 1993 to 1998. During a previous stint with the Office of the Attorney General, he served as an assistant attorney general and deputy chief of the child support litigation division.

Baldwin began his professional career as an attorney with the child support enforcement division of the Texas Department of Human Resources. He had a private law practice in San Antonio, and was a family law and child support master for Bexar County, presiding over family law and child support cases.

He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and St. Mary's University, School of Law. He is a board certified attorney in family law. He is active in Texas State Bar activities, serving as a member of the bar's committee on child abuse and is a member of the family law council of the bar. In 1998, Baldwin was honored by the State Bar of Texas, receiving the "Dan R. Price Award" for outstanding contributions to family law. He was the first government lawyer to be so recognized.

Baldwin was the first president and a founding board member of Child Advocates San Antonio (CASA). From 1996-2001, he was a member of Texas CASA's board of directors.

Baldwin will be replacing Andy Taylor who will be leaving his position as first assistant attorney general, effective May 31, to return to private law practice.

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