Mr. Speaker, Judge E.J. ``Joe'' King of Brazoria County has recently been honored with a distinguished alumni award from the University of Houston--Clear Lake. It is my pleasure to congratulate Judge King on this well-deserved award.
For the past 42 years, Judge King has served the people of Brazoria County in a variety of ways, including as a Department of Public Safety state trooper, a lieutenant in the Brazoria County Sheriff's Department, and as a Brazoria County Judge. Judge King has also served as President of the Brazoria County Peace Officers Association and the Southeast Texas Association for Identification and Investigation Officers.
Judge King's commitment to protecting and serving the people of Brazoria County was recognized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which selected him to attend the FBI National Academy, one of the highest honors non-federal law enforcement can receive.
Judge King also served his community through involvement in numerous civic associations and volunteer efforts. He is currently a director of the Brazoria County Cattleman's Association and is a past director of the Brazoria County Fair and the Brazoria Association for Citizens with Handicaps.
Mr. Speaker, Judge Joe King is truly devoted to helping others in his community and serves as an example of which one person can make a difference in the lives of those around them. It is therefore my pleasure to once again congratulate Judge Joe King on receiving the distinguished alumni award from University of Houston--Clear Lake and thank him for all he has done for the people of Brazoria County.
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