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Attorney General Greg Abbott Names Houston Child Support Employee Assistant Attorney General of the Year

HOUSTON – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott recognized Stephanie Shipp, an assistant attorney general in the Child Support Division’s Houston Southeast office, for her commitment to Texas children. Shipp was named “Assistant Attorney General of the Year” for the Child Support Division’s Houston region, which covers nine counties. Attorney General Greg Abbott presented the award to Shipp on Wednesday at the Statewide Assistant Attorneys General Conference in Houston.

“Stephanie Shipp’s hard work and dedication help ensure thousands of young Texans receive the child support they need to become healthy, successful adults,” Attorney General Abbott said. “A committed and selfless public servant, Stephanie stands out as one of the state’s most dedicated and impressive lawyers. We are grateful to Stephanie Shipp for her commitment to Texas children.”

AAG of the Year Award Recipient

Stephanie Shipp

Deputy Attorney General for Child Support Alicia Key selected one assistant attorney general from each of the state’s nine child support regions, along with an assistant attorney general from the main office in Austin. Honorees are chosen based on recommendations from their peers and supervisors, with a particular focus on employees who are willing to go beyond their normal duties to serve Texas children. Each recipient demonstrates a desire to serve Texas families, help their colleagues and enhance the Attorney General’s Child Support Division.

Shipp, who joined the Office of the Attorney General in 2003, represents the State of Texas in legal actions to establish paternity between children of unmarried parents and their biological fathers. As an assistant attorney general, she also works to establish, enforce and modify court orders that require parents to provide child support and medical support.

Shipp, a graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, was chosen to be the region’s “Assistant Attorney General of the Year” because of her ability to handle complex legal issues that arise on child support cases involving parents who live in different states. In addition, Shipp’s leadership skills when her office had vacancies kept employees focused on meeting and exceeding their goals.

“Stephanie’s dedication to the child support mission is infectious and promotes a positive work ethic in the office and region,” said Anthony Shorter, senior regional attorney. “Ms. Shipp understands the true meaning of teamwork and the impact a group can make as a whole toward achieving its objectives.”

The Attorney General’s Child Support Division offers an array of services to help families, including locating absent parents; establishing paternity for children born to unmarried parents; establishing, enforcing, and modifying child and medical support orders; and collecting and distributing child support payments.

For more information about the Office of the Attorney General and the child support services it offers, call (800) 252-8014 or visit the agency’s website at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.