McALLEN State Sen. Juan Hinojosa today filed the necessary paperwork to seek re-election for Texas' 20th District. His application comes on the first day to file for a place on the ballot.

Sen. Hinojosa commented about his upcoming re-election bid saying, "Even in the face of a recession and an increasingly polarized political environment, I take pride in what my office accomplished last legislative session. We expanded job training and higher education opportunities, and initiated high school dropout prevention programs. We also increased border security, allowed South Texas to plan for long term water needs, and addressed long neglected infrastructure projects." He continued, "There are many challenges ahead for Texas and I know that my work is not done. I am not done fighting for the hard working families that call South Texas their home."

Throughout his tenure Sen. Hinojosa has made education a top priority, recognizing that an educated workforce in today's economy is critical to restoring the state's and the nation's fiscal health. During the 82nd Legislative Session, Hinojosa worked in a bipartisan spirit to restore close to $6 billion from the initial cuts to public schools. Hinojosa also crafted SB 975, a dropout recovery program that helps keep children in school, putting them on a track to college and thereby strengthening the economic development potential of our state. He also worked to secure additional money for the Corpus Christi A&M Engineering program, the University of Texas Pan American teaching site, and secured $19.6 million for Communities in Schools.

Sen.Hinojosa also points to his work on increasing border security, where he secured funding for tactical vessels, surveillance aircraft, and defensive weapons so that law enforcement agents will be better equipped to make our communities safer and to secure our borders. To learn about how Senator Hinojosa introduced legislation to improve hospital reimbursements that are paid by Medicaid, voted to authorize $6 billion in revolving water bonds to helps cities in drought, and secured $7 million for inspection facilities and booths at Anzalduas, visit www.SenatorHinojosa.com.

"I am running for re-election on the basis of my proven capacity to govern. Leadership is not contained in rhetoric. It is demonstrated by a record of service, and on that basis, I want to continue being South Texas' advocate in the Texas Senate." Senator Hinojosa served his country with honor as a Marine and will continue to proudly serve the people of South Texas.