Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

November 9, 2013

Rep. Clardy tapped 'Legislator of the Year'

Progress staff reports
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — State Rep. Travis Clardy, R-Nacogdoches, was named "Legislator Of The Year" this week by The Texas Civil Justice League, described as the nation’s oldest and largest state legal reform organization.

"I am truly honored to receive this award from the Texas Civil Justice League," Clardy, 51, said in an emailed news release. "

This organization's success has demonstrated one thing: legal reform is one of the most pressing economic issues business owners and consumers face throughout Texas. "

Clardy represents District 11, which covers Cherokee, Nacogdoches and Rusk counties. He recently announced his intention to run for a second term and recently was awarded the 2013 Courageous Conservative Award from the Texas Conservative Coalition.

Clardy – a member of the Higher Education, Local and Consent Calendars, and Special Purpose Districts Committees – received another accolade in October 2012, when he and his wife Judy were named the 2012 Winners Circle award recipients by the Dean's Circle of the the Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts.

The Texas Civil Justice League has passed legislation to deter frivolous lawsuits, limit punitive damages, and establish statutory standards for product liability cases in its pursuit of broad civil justice reform.

Clardy jointly authored House Bill 1325 with Rep. Doug Miller during the 83rd Legislative Session. This bill was designed to improve management of judicial resources and "allow pretrial courts to better manage their dockets by giving them the ability to dismiss certain asbestos-related cases," according to the news release.