May 8, 2018


Delivers Address Thanking Officers during National Week of Recognition


AUSTIN - As this week is National Correctional Officers and Employees Week, Representative Ryan Guillen (D- Rural South Texas) offered remarks at the fallen correctional officer memorial event today at the Dolph Briscoe/Cotulla Unit. At the memorial, Guillen honored and gave thanks to all peace and correctional officers who continually work towards safeguarding our community.  


"Correctional officers and prison and jail staff show their bravery and commitment to public safety daily. These men and women risk their health, safety and lives to maintain public safety and to reform and rehabilitate our criminal offenders," Guillen said. "Much like our soldiers overseas, the men and women who serve and protect within the criminal justice system are, far too often, overlooked and under-appreciated. I am truly honored to salute our correctional officers here in Cotulla."


Representative Guillen has been crucial in creating and fighting for legislation that ensures officers and their families in Texas have access to the resources they have earned in exchange for their duty and bravery. Among other things, Guillen was a cosponsor of legislation that amended the State Constitution to allow property tax exemptions to pass from fallen first responders, including correctional officers to their spouses.


The ceremony, organized by Senior Warden Jimmy Smith and the prison staff, is an annual event held in the first week of May each year in honor of National Correctional Officers and Employees Week.


"It is a blessing to be able to represent the many correctional officers and peace officers in Texas that dedicate their lives to serve and protect our State," said Guillen. "I strive to continue supporting officers and advocating on their behalf within the Legislature. We must remember that it is our duty to honor these brave individuals not just this week but every day."


Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at,, and