Seven legislators honored for legislative achievements
GALVESTON, TX -- AARP Texas today recognized the work of Representative Craig Eiland of Galveston on behalf of purchasers of annuities by presenting him with a 2009 Legislative Achievement Award. Seven Texas lawmakers are being honored for their work on behalf of the 50-plus population.
“While narrowing it down to seven was a very difficult task, these members assumed important leadership roles in passing key legislation to protect older Texans for years to come,” said AARP Texas State Director Bob Jackson.
Representative Eiland was recognized for his work in protecting the financial assets of older Texans by co-authoring several bills that strengthened consumer protections for older Texans purchasing annuities.
"It is truly an honor to be recognized for trying to help protect our senior citizens assets, especially in these trying times,” said Representative Eiland.
Other legislators recognized by AARP are:
- Senator Rodney Ellis for co-authoring several annuity consumer protection bills, along with Representative Eiland.
- Senator Kip Averitt/ Representative John Smithee for their leadership in improving the affordability of health insurance for older Texans (co-authored a bill creating a discount program for the high risk pool).
- Senator Leticia Van De Putt /Representative Elliot Naishtat for their leadership in ensuring Texas is prepared to meet the needs of a growing aging population (co-authored bill that created the Texas Legislative Committee on Aging).
- Senator Wendy Davis was named “Freshmen of the Year” for her efforts to improve the financial security of older Texans.
The awards will be presented to each legislator at individual ceremonies in their respective hometowns. Plans call for AARP to present similar awards every two years following the conclusion of the regular legislative session.