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Rep. Leach Co-Chairs Criminal Justice Reform Caucus in the Texas House, Expresses a Renewed, Bi-Partisan Commitment Toward Meaningful Reforms  print page

by: Rep. Leach, Jeff
07/29/2019

AUSTIN – In an effort to spearhead substantive criminal justice reforms during the 87th Legislative Session, Representative Jeff Leach and Speaker Pro Tempore Joe Moody recently launched the "Criminal Justice Reform Caucus" in the Texas House of Representatives. With Leach and Moody serving as Co-Chairs, the caucus is comprised of ten additional House Members, including five Republicans and five Democrats who represent broad regions throughout the state.

In response, Representative Leach issued the following statement: "As Chairman of the House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee, and as a former member of the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, I can attest firsthand that criminal justice reform is an issue where people from all political backgrounds - Republican and Democrat - can come together, collaborate, and find common ground. By working together, I am confident that we can make the Lone Star State a shining beacon of smart, effective criminal justice that leads the nation."

The bi-partisan caucus was established to advance smart and sound criminal justice polices during the next legislative session, which commences in January of 2021. Other members of the caucus include Representatives Senfronia Thompson, Garnet Coleman, Todd Hunter, James White, Nicole Collier, Dade Phelan, Matt Krause, Briscoe Cain, Ina Minjarez and Jessica González.

Born and raised in Plano, Representative Leach graduated from Plano Senior High School before attending Baylor University. He earned his law degree from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law and currently practices at the Texas law firm of Gray, Reed & McGraw LLP. Most recently, Leach was selected by Speaker Dennis Bonnen to serve as Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence, and was named to serve on the House Committee on Pensions, Investments & Financial Services and the House Committee on Redistricting. Leach was selected by Speaker Bonnen to serve as the House appointee to the State Preservation Board, and he currently serves as a Legislative Member of the Texas Judicial Council. Jeff and his wife Becky, a writer, speaker and artist, are the proud parents of Brady (age 11), Charlotte (age 8) and Landry (age 4). They are active members of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, where they have served for several years in the Young Families Ministry.

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