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Judith Zaffirini Judith Zaffirini
Full Name: Judith Lee Zaffirini
Other surnames: Pappas,

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 21 Jan 10, 2017 - Jan 12, 2021 85th   Democrat Laredo / Webb   Atascosa, Bee, Bexar, Caldwell, Duval, Guadalupe, Hays, Jim Hogg, Karnes, La Salle, Live Oak, McMullen, San Patricio, Starr, Travis, Webb, Wilson, Zapata
S 21 Jan 8, 2013 - Jan 10, 2017 84th   83rd (1)   Democrat Laredo / Webb   Atascosa, Bee, Bexar, Caldwell, Duval, Guadalupe, Hays, Jim Hogg, Karnes, La Salle, Live Oak, McMullen, San Patricio, Starr, Travis, Webb, Wilson, Zapata
S 21 Jan 13, 2009 - Jan 8, 2013 82nd   81st   Democrat Laredo / Webb   Atascosa, Bee, Bexar, Dimmit, Duval, Frio, Jim Hogg, Karnes, La Salle, Live Oak, McMullen, San Patricio, Starr, Webb, Wilson, Zapata, Zavala
S 21 Jan 11, 2005 - Jan 13, 2009 80th   79th   Democrat Laredo / Webb   Atascosa, Bee, Bexar, Dimmit, Duval, Frio, Jim Hogg, Karnes, La Salle, Live Oak, McMullen, San Patricio, Starr, Webb, Wilson, Zapata, Zavala
S 21 Jan 14, 2003 - Jan 11, 2005 78th (2)   Democrat Laredo / Webb   Atascosa, Bee, Bexar, Dimmit, Duval, Frio, Jim Hogg, Karnes, La Salle, Live Oak, McMullen, San Patricio, Starr, Webb, Wilson, Zapata, Zavala
S 21 Jan 9, 2001 - Jan 14, 2003 77th (3)   Democrat Laredo / Webb   Atascosa, Bee, Bexar, Comal, Dimmit, Duval, Frio, Guadalupe, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, La Salle, Live Oak, McMullen, Starr, Uvalde, Webb, Wilson, Zapata, Zavala
S 21 Jan 14, 1997 - Jan 9, 2001 76th   75th (4)   Democrat Laredo / Webb Senate President Pro Tempore (75th)   Atascosa, Bee, Bexar, Comal, Dimmit, Duval, Frio, Guadalupe, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, La Salle, Live Oak, McMullen, Starr, Uvalde, Webb, Wilson, Zapata, Zavala
S 21 Jan 10, 1995 - Jan 14, 1997 74th (5)   Democrat Laredo / Webb   Atascosa, Bee, Bexar, Comal, Dimmit, Duval, Frio, Guadalupe, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, La Salle, Live Oak, McMullen, Starr, Uvalde, Webb, Wilson, Zapata, Zavala
S 21 Jan 12, 1993 - Jan 10, 1995 73rd (6) (7)   Democrat Laredo / Webb   Bexar, Brewster, Culberson, Dimmit, El Paso, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Kinney, La Salle, Maverick, Medina, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell, Uvalde, Val Verde, Webb, Zavala
S 21 Jan 8, 1991 - Jan 12, 1993 72nd (8)   Democrat Laredo / Webb   Atascosa, Bee, Bexar, Comal, Dimmit, Duval, Frio, Guadalupe, Jim Hogg, Kinney, La Salle, Live Oak, McMullen, Maverick, Starr, Uvalde, Webb, Wilson, Zapata, Zavala
S 21 Jan 13, 1987 - Jan 8, 1991 71st   70th   Democrat Laredo / Webb   Atascosa, Bee, Bexar, Comal, Dimmit, Duval, Frio, Guadalupe, Jim Hogg, Kinney, La Salle, Live Oak, McMullen, Maverick, Starr, Uvalde, Webb, Wilson, Zapata, Zavala
(1) 83rd Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/23/2013, SR 36, pp. 81-82. Drew 4-year term. Senate Journal.
(2) 78th Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/14/2003, SR 7, pp. 15-16. Drew 2-year term. Senate Journal.
(3) 2-year term; entire Senate went up for reelection in 2002 due to redistricting. Texas Constitution Art. III, §3, Election and term of office of Senators.
(4) 75th Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, Regular Session, elected 1/14/1997. Senate Journal.
(5) 74th Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/11/1995, pp. 75-76. Drew 2-year term. Senate Journal.
(6) 73rd Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 3/25/1993, pp. 589-590. Drew 4-year term. Senate Journal.
(7) Due to redistricting litigation, entire Senate went up for reelection in 1994. See also Clips database, 4/6/1993 - 4/8/1993, Redistricting - Legislature; and Guide to 2001 Redistricting - Appendix A, 1990s Redistricting (Texas Legislative Council). Terrazas v. Slagle, 821 F.Supp. 1162 (April 5, 1993), 1993.
(8) 2-year term; entire Senate went up for reelection in 1992 due to redistricting. Texas Constitution Art. III, §3, Election and term of office of Senators.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • 70th Legislature, R.S., HCR 122. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 70th Legislature, R.S., SR 65. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 71st Legislature, R.S., HR 230. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 71st Legislature, R.S., SR 112. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 73rd Legislature, R.S., SR 230. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 83rd Legislature, R.S., SR 973, recognizing Senator Judith Zaffirini on the occasion of her 50,000th consecutive vote in the Senate. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • Mentioned in 74th Legislature, R.S., HCR 122, recognizing the 100th anniversary of the first female legislators. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Mentioned in biographical sketch of Cyndi Taylor Krier, first Republican and first female state senator from Bexar County. With Judith Zaffirini, 70th Legislature (1987) was first in Texas history with more than one woman senator. Capitol Women: Texas Female Legislators, 1923-1999, 2000.
  • Photo and biographical sketch, pp. 233-235. First Latina elected to Texas Senate and first woman elected to the Texas Legislature from Laredo. First woman since Barbara Jordan to chair a Senate committee. Capitol Women: Texas Female Legislators, 1923-1999, 2000.
  • Biographical sketch, "From Government and Education to Business and Civic Leadership: The Honorable Judith Zaffirini: Leadership," Volume IV, Number 51, March 1999. First Hispanic woman Senator in Texas. Hispanic Journal.
  • Photo and biographical sketch, Hispanic Journal, 2000 Legislative Guide, 2000.
  • Biographical sketch and commemoration of 15,000th vote in the Texas Senate, "15,000 and Still Counting: The Tireless Texan," by Dianna Gordon, July/August 1997, pp. 15-16. State Legislatures.
  • Biographical sketch included in Tejano Struggle for Representation, 2004.
  • Biographical sketch, "Key Legislators Influence Dental Legislation," January 1995, p. 26. Texas Dental Journal.
  • Biographical sketch, "Movers and Shakers: Meet the Legislators Who Make the Decisions About Public Education," March 1995, pp. 13-17. Texas Lone Star.
  • Biographical sketch, 82nd Legislature. Texas Senate.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senate, 70th Legislature, 1987.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senate, 71st Legislature, 1989.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senate, 72nd Legislature, 1991.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senate, 77th Legislative Session, 2001.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senators, 73rd Legislature, 1993.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senators, 74th Legislature, 1995.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senators, 75th Legislature, 1997.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senators, 76th Legislative Session, 1999.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senators, 78th Legislative Session, 2003.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senators, 79th Legislative Session, 2005.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senators, 80th Legislative Session, 2007.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senators, 81st Legislative Session, 2009.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senators, 82nd Legislative Session, 2011.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senators, 83rd Legislative Session, 2013.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senators, 84th Legislature, 2015.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Judith Zaffirini, 70th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Judith Zaffirini, 71st Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Judith Zaffirini, 72nd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Judith Zaffirini, 73rd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Judith Zaffirini, 74th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Judith Zaffirini, 75th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Judith Zaffirini, 76th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Judith Zaffirini, 77th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Judith Zaffirini, 78th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Judith Zaffirini, 79th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Judith Zaffirini, 80th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Judith Zaffirini, 81st Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Judith Zaffirini, 82nd Legislature, Texas Senate
  • Photograph. Judith Zaffirini, 84th Legislature, Texas Senate
  • Photograph. Judith Zaffirini, 85th Legislature, Texas Senate
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 70th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, north wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 71st session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, north wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 72nd session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, north wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 73rd session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, north wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 74th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, north wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 75th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, north wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 76th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, north wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 77th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, north wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 78th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, north wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 79th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, north wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 80th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber, west wall. 2E.8). State Preservation Board.
  • 81st session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber, west wall. 2E.8). State Preservation Board.
  • 82nd session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber, west wall. 2E.8). State Preservation Board.
  • 83rd session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber, west wall. 2E.8). State Preservation Board.
  • 84th session composite photo of Senate members(Senate chamber, west wall. 2E.8). State Preservation Board.
  • Other Resources
  • "Lawmaker Legend Grows with Bill Passing Record as Democrats Widen Legislation Production Leads," Best of the Texas Legislature 2015, by Mike Hailey, 6/15/2015. Capitol Inside.
  • Legislative profile, 74th Legislature, 1995. "Scenes From the 74th: The Laney-Bush Session," 6/16/1995. Texas Observer.
  • Committee Informationtop
    85th R.S. - 2017
    Administration  
    Business and Commerce  
    Election Security, Select  
    Natural Resources and Economic Development (Vice Chair) 
    State Affairs  
    84th R.S. - 2015
    Agriculture, Water, and Rural Affairs (Vice Chair) 
    Health and Human Services  
    Natural Resources and Economic Development  
    State Affairs  
    83rd R.S. - 2013
    Administration  
    Finance  
    Government Organization (Chair) 
    Health and Human Services  
    Higher Education  
    Higher Education Governance, Excellence, and Transparency, Select Oversight (Co-Chair) 
    Natural Resources  
    Redistricting, Select  
    Transportation Funding, Expenditures, and Finance, Select  
    82nd R.S. - 2011
    Administration  
    Alzheimer's Disease, Interim  
    Committee of the Whole Senate  
    Economic Development  
    Finance  
    Finance Subcommittee on Fiscal Matters  
    Finance Subcommittee on Medicaid  
    Government Organization (Chair) 
    Health and Human Services  
    Higher Education (Chair)  
    Redistricting, Select  
    81st R.S. - 2009
    Administration  
    Committee of the Whole Senate  
    Economic Development  
    Finance  
    Health and Human Services  
    Higher Education (Chair) 
    Redistricting, Select  
    80th R.S. - 2007
    Administration  
    Education  
    Education Subcommittee on Higher Education (Chair) 
    Finance (Vice Chair) 
    Finance Subcommittee on Higher Education Finance (Chair) 
    Health & Human Services Eligibility System, Oversight  
    Health and Human Services  
    79th R.S. - 2005
    Education  
    Education Subcommittee on Higher Education  
    Finance (Vice Chair) 
    Finance Subcommittee on Capital Funding for Higher Education (Chair) 
    Health and Human Services  
    International Relations and Trade  
    78th R.S. - 2003
    Committee of the Whole Senate  
    Education  
    Finance (Vice Chair) 
    Health and Human Services  
    Health and Human Services Transition, Legislative Oversight  
    Higher Education  
    International Relations and Trade  
    77th R.S. - 2001
    Administration  
    Committee of the Whole Senate  
    Education (Vice Chair) 
    Finance  
    Health Services (Co-Chair) 
    Prompt Payment of Health Care Providers, Special  
    Redistricting, Special  
    76th R.S. - 1999
    Border Affairs, Special  
    Committee of the Whole Senate  
    Education  
    Education Subcommittee on Higher Education  
    Human Services (Chair) 
    Long-Term Care Legislative Oversight Committee  
    75th R.S. - 1997
    Education  
    Education, Interim  
    Finance  
    Finance Subcommittee on Article III Agencies  
    Funding Issues in Education, Interim  
    Health and Human Services (Chair) 
    Health and Human Services, Interim (Chair) 
    Legislative and Congressional Redistricting, Committee of the Whole Senate  
    Long-Term Care Legislative Oversight (Chair) 
    Texas Integrated Enrollment Services Legislative Oversight Committee  
    74th R.S. - 1995
    Education  
    Finance  
    Finance Subcommittee II (Chair) 
    General Investigating, Special  
    Health and Human Services (Chair) 
    Legislative and Congressional Redistricting, Committee of the Whole Senate, Special  
    73rd R.S. - 1993
    Committee of the Whole Senate  
    Domestic Violence, Interim  
    Education  
    Finance  
    Health and Human Services (Chair) 
    Home Equity Lending, Interim  
    Redistricting, Ethics and Elections, Committee of the Whole Senate, Special  
    72nd R.S. - 1991
    Committee of the Whole on Redistricting, Special  
    Committee of the Whole on Redistricting, Special, Subcommittee on Legislative Districts  
    Education  
    Finance  
    Health and Human Services  
    Health and Human Services Subcommittee on Health Services (Chair) 
    Health and Human Services, Interim  
    Natural Resources  
    Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water  
    71st R.S. - 1989
    Committee of the Whole Senate  
    Education  
    Edwards Aquifer, Special  
    Health and Human Services  
    Legislative Redistricting, Select  
    Natural Resources  
    Natural Resources Subcommittee on Agriculture  
    Public Education, Select  
    State and Local Drug Control, Task Force on  
    70th R.S. - 1987
    Committee of the Whole Senate  
    Health and Human Services  
    Higher Education in South Texas  
    Inhalant Abuse, Special  
    Intergovernmental Relations  
    Juvenile Justice System, Select  
    Natural Resources  
    Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water  
    Steering Committee to Develop a Texas Office of Prevention  
    Substance Abuse Treatment Delivery  
    Workfare, Special, Interim  
     

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