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Sens. Cruz, Cornyn Praise Committee Passage of Bill to Rename Laredo Courthouse after Judge Kazen

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) released the following statements after the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works passed their bill to rename the Laredo Federal Building and United States Courthouse the “George P. Kazen Federal Building and United States Courthouse”:

“Naming the courthouse in Laredo after Judge Kazen, who has served the people of Texas honorably both as a United States district judge and officer in the U.S. Air Force, will serve as a lasting testament to his lifetime of service,” Sen. Cruz said.

“This bill will honor a dedicated public servant and recognize his countless contributions to Laredo for generations to come,” said Sen. Cornyn.  “I commend my colleagues on the Committee for supporting this bill to honor Judge Kazen, and I look forward to working with Sen. Cruz to usher it through the full Senate.” 

Judge Kazen has been an integral part of the Laredo community for decades. After finishing his service in the United States Air Force, Judge Kazen returned to his hometown of Laredo to practice law. After earning a nomination from President Jimmy Carter in 1979, he has spent decades as a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Texas. Outside of the courtroom, Judge Kazen is a stalwart of his community serving numerous civic organizations in South Texas.

Rep. Henry Cuellar (TX-28) has introduced a similar bill in the House of Representatives.