U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) along with Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) released the following statements after President Trump signed into law their bill to rename Laredo’s federal courthouse the “George P. Kazen Federal Building and United States Courthouse.”


“Judge Kazen made countless contributions to the community of Laredo and our nation’s judicial system,” Sen. Cornyn said. “I was glad to join efforts with Senator Cruz and Representative Cuellar to honor Judge Kazen’s dedicated public service and ensure future generations of Texans can reflect on his legacy.”


“Judge Kazen has served Texas and the United States honorably,” Sen. Cruz said. “Naming the Laredo courthouse after him will serve as a lasting testament to his legacy, and I am grateful the President has signed this bill into law.”


“I am pleased to honor such a noble individual through the signing of this bill today,” said Rep. Cuellar. “Judge Kazen was known as an honest, humble, and dedicated man. He was among the most respected judges in the state, and consistently ruled with class and fairness, all the while still making time to serve in numerous civic organizations throughout South Texas. The dedicating of this federal building and U.S. Court House will serve as a reminder to us all of this great man of character who dutifully served his community. I would like to thank Senators Cornyn and Cruz for introducing this bill in the Senate and for helping solidify a lasting testament of Judge George P. Kazen, who has given so much to this country.”


Judge Kazen has been an integral part of the Laredo community for decades. After finishing his service in the United States Air Force, Judge Kazen returned to his hometown of Laredo to practice law. After earning a nomination from President Jimmy Carter in 1979, he has spent decades as a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Texas. Outside of the courtroom, Judge Kazen is a stalwart of his community, serving numerous civic organizations in South Texas.