Tribpedia: Ken Paxton

Texas First Assistant Attorney General Chip Roy and Solicitor General Scott Keller sat down with Tribune reporter Julián Aguilar on Feb. 1, 2016 to discuss an upcoming case on illegal immigration headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Texas First Assistant Attorney General Chip Roy and Solicitor General Scott Keller sat down with Tribune reporter Julián Aguilar on Feb. 1, 2016 to discuss an upcoming case on illegal immigration headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Lawyers for Texas Talk Strategy on SCOTUS Immigration Hearing

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a case challenging President Barack Obama's executive order on illegal immigration, Solicitor Attorney General Scott Keller and Chip Roy, the first assistant attorney general, spoke to the Tribune about what the state is fighting for.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is shown at a news conference in Austin on Jan. 13, 2016, to announce a new unit of the attorney general’s office dedicated to combating human trafficking.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is shown at a news conference in Austin on Jan. 13, 2016, to announce a new unit of the attorney general’s office dedicated to combating human trafficking.

Analysis: Is Attorney General Ken Paxton Feeling Lucky?

It’s possible to imagine a way for the attorney general to raise money for a legal defense fund, but it’s perilous without a favorable advisory opinion from ethics regulators. And they decided this week not to approve such an opinion.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton spoke at the 2015 Open Government Conference in San Marcos on Dec. 9, 2015.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton spoke at the 2015 Open Government Conference in San Marcos on Dec. 9, 2015.

Attorney General: Fantasy Sports Sites Involve Illegal Gambling

While placing bets in fantasy sports leagues may involve skill, there is still an element of chance that would equate such leagues with illegal gambling in Texas, Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a nonbinding opinion released Tuesday.

Immigrants and activists participate in press conference and rally on Nov. 19, 2015, before a 37-mile march designed to show support for immigration reform. The marchers planned to walk for three days, from the federal immigration detention facility in Taylor to the Texas Governor's Mansion in downtown Austin.
Immigrants and activists participate in press conference and rally on Nov. 19, 2015, before a 37-mile march designed to show support for immigration reform. The marchers planned to walk for three days, from the federal immigration detention facility in Taylor to the Texas Governor's Mansion in downtown Austin.

U.S. Supreme Court to Consider Obama's Immigration Program

The U.S. Supreme Court decided on Tuesday to consider the Obama administration’s controversial immigration program, which has been on hold for nearly a year after being blocked by a Texas-based federal judge.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton at an open government conference in San Marcos on Dec. 9, 2015.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton at an open government conference in San Marcos on Dec. 9, 2015.

Analysis: Ken Paxton's Legal Complications Multiply

Nobody’s going to force you to feel sorry for Ken Paxton, but the Republican attorney general’s political persecutions have turned into criminal prosecutions. The investigations, inquiries and folklore that started during the 2014 primary that vaulted him into office didn’t stop when he was elected.

Texas Attorney Gen.  Ken Paxton, speaks at The Texas Response: Pastors, Marriage & Religious Freedom event at the First Baptist Church in Pflugerville, Texas on September 29, 2015
Texas Attorney Gen. Ken Paxton, speaks at The Texas Response: Pastors, Marriage & Religious Freedom event at the First Baptist Church in Pflugerville, Texas on September 29, 2015

Investigation Targets Complaint Against Ken Paxton Over Land Deal

Two Fort Worth attorneys have been appointed to investigate a complaint against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton over a land sale in Collin County, an attorney for Paxton said Friday. 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced a new unit of his office dedicated to combating human trafficking. State Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, the author of a law that enhanced penalties for human trafficking, joined Paxton at a press conference on Jan. 14, 2016.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced a new unit of his office dedicated to combating human trafficking. State Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, the author of a law that enhanced penalties for human trafficking, joined Paxton at a press conference on Jan. 14, 2016.

Texas Attorney General Unveils Unit to Fight Human Trafficking

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Thursday announced a new unit in his office dedicated to combating human trafficking. In June, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a bill that created the new unit. 


Greg Abbott gives the closing keynote at the 2016 Texas Public Policy Foundation Policy Orientation on Jan. 8, 2016.
Greg Abbott gives the closing keynote at the 2016 Texas Public Policy Foundation Policy Orientation on Jan. 8, 2016.

GOP Leaders Mostly Quiet on Abbott Plan to Amend Constitution

Three days after Gov. Greg Abbott called for a convention of states to dramatically amend the U.S. Constitution, few high-ranking Republicans in Texas have publicly backed his proposal. Their silence underscores the divisions among conservative grassroots about Abbott's plan. 

The Fayette coal plant outside Austin is a major contributor of greenhouse gases.  In August, President Obama announced the Clean Power Plan, which targeted the nation's more than 600 coal-burning power plants. This is his most determined effort yet to tackle the effects of global warming by reshaping the nation’s power sector.
The Fayette coal plant outside Austin is a major contributor of greenhouse gases. In August, President Obama announced the Clean Power Plan, which targeted the nation's more than 600 coal-burning power plants. This is his most determined effort yet to tackle the effects of global warming by reshaping the nation’s power sector.

In Paris, Negotiators Ink Historic Climate Accord

Negotiators from nearly 200 nations, including the United States, struck an unprecedented climate agreement on Saturday that could have big implications for Texas — and also face big pushback from state leaders.

Attorney General Ken Paxton delivers an opening luncheon keynote at the Texas Public Policy Foundation At The Crossroads Energy and Climate Policy Summit on Nov. 19, 2015.
Attorney General Ken Paxton delivers an opening luncheon keynote at the Texas Public Policy Foundation At The Crossroads Energy and Climate Policy Summit on Nov. 19, 2015.

Feds Freeze Funding on Troubled Child Support Upgrade Project

The federal government has temporarily suspended funding for a project to upgrade the state’s antiquated child support enforcement system — run through the AG's office — whose projected costs have risen dramatically ahead of initial estimates.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, right, looks at one of the special prosecutors during a pre-trial motion hearing at the Collin County Courthouse on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, in McKinney, Texas.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, right, looks at one of the special prosecutors during a pre-trial motion hearing at the Collin County Courthouse on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, in McKinney, Texas.

Paxton's Attorneys Argue to Dismiss Charges

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For more than six hours Tuesday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sat in a Collin County courtroom as his attorneys presented their list of reasons why securities fraud charges Paxton faces should be thrown out.

Statewide Officeholders Staying Put in Austin

Four of the five statewide elected officials eligible to move out of the capital city following the Nov. 3 passage of Proposition 3, which repealed the state capital residency requirement, said they'll continue to call Austin home. Texas law prohibits state employees from receiving reimbursement for travel between home and work.

From left, immigration rights activists Manuel Ramirez, Lucian Villasenor and Adrian Orozco protest President Obama's Civil Rights Summit speech at the University of Texas in 2014, challenging the president's dedication to civil rights.
From left, immigration rights activists Manuel Ramirez, Lucian Villasenor and Adrian Orozco protest President Obama's Civil Rights Summit speech at the University of Texas in 2014, challenging the president's dedication to civil rights.

Feds to Ask High Court to Consider Immigration Program

The Obama administration said Tuesday that it would ask the U.S. Supreme Court to consider a controversial immigration program the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down on Monday. The Texas attorney general's office said it would be ready for the next round.