State Senator Dan Patrick (R–Houston) was honored by TDCAA with its Freshman of the Year Award at the Elected Prosecutor Conference in Galveston. Senator Patrick was recognized for his work during his first session as a legislator, which included his opposition to an expansive journalist shield law and an extra-judicial innocence commission. He also filed bills that would increase punishments for DWI offenders and improve the collection of DNA evidence from convicted felony offenders. “I am glad I joined forces with the district and county attorneys of Texas and look forward to continuing our collaboration against future attacks on the integrity of Texas’ criminal justice system,” Senator Patrick said. Congratulations!