Last updated on: 4/2/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

John Cornyn, LLM Biography

Title:
U.S. Senator (R-TX)
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“I remain committed to comprehensive reform, but I cannot support a deeply flawed bill [S.2611]… We’ve had weeks of constructive debate on very important issues for our nation, but I’ve come to the conclusion that the Senate immigration bill as written still has serious flaws and is not a net plus for our country. So I cannot support it. I strongly believe the federal government has neglected our border security and immigration system for too long, and our country badly needs a comprehensive reform bill to correct decades of inaction. But in its current form, this bill is not where it needs to be.”

“Cornyn Statement On Senate Immigration Bill Passage,” Senator Cornyn’s Official Website, Press Release, May 25, 2006

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with advanced degrees in fields relevant to immigration. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to immigration.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • U.S. Senator (R-TX), 2002 – present
  • Member, Immigration, Refugees and Border Security Sub-Committee, Judiciary Committee
  • Member, Airland, Judiciary, and Budget Sub-Committees, Armed Services Committee
  • Friend of Farm Bureau, American Farm Bureau Federation, 2004
  • Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence, National Association of manufacturers, 2004
  • Chosen by Senate Majority Whip, Mitch McConnell, to become member of Senate Majority Whip Team, 2004
  • Golden Gavel Award, 2004
  • Friend of Rural Water Award, Texas Rural Water Association, 2004
  • Spirit of Enterprise Award, United States Chamber of Commerce, 2004
  • International Leadership Legislative Award, Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC), 2004
  • National Children’s Champion Award, National Child Support Enforcement Association, 2004
  • Hero of Taxpayer Award, Americans for Tax Reform, 2004
  • Congressional Partnership Award, National Association of Development Organizations, 2004
  • Attorney General, Texas, 1999 – 2002
  • Judge, Texas Supreme Court, 1990 – 1997
  • District Court Judge, San Antonio, Texas, 1984 – 1990
  • Lawyer, Groce, Locke, & Hebdon, 1977
Education:
  • LLM, University of Virginia Law School
  • JD, St. Mary’s School of Law
  • BA, Trinity University
Other:
  • None found