Senator Royce West - 2018 Folsom Honoree

2018 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award Honoree

Senator Royce WestRoyce West was first elected to the Texas Senate in November 1992 representing the 23rd Senatorial District in Dallas County. During his tenure, Sen. West has been named by Texas Monthly as one of the 25 most powerful people in Texas politics. In addition, he has been selected for the Texas Monthly’s biennial “Ten Best Legislators in Texas” list, received mention on the Associated Press’ “Movers and Shakers” list, and has been named to Texas Insider’s 2009 “Best Legislators” list.

Sen. West serves as vice chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee and is a member of Senate committees on administration, education, and finance. During the 83rd legislative session, he served on the Senate Select Committee on Redistricting and the Joint Oversight Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence, and Transparency.

His key initiatives focus on the creation of college admission opportunities for all students, including the establishment of the University of North Texas at Dallas, Dallas’ first state-supported, four-year university, UNT-Dallas Law School in downtown Dallas, and a School of Pharmacy. His legislation created the Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Center at Prairie View A&M University, increased funding for at-risk youth programs, awarded greater compensation to victims of violent crimes, established new standards for child care, enhanced enforcement of protective orders, and instituted more efficient uses of criminal justice resources through legislation that created a system of progressive sanctions.

A longtime public safety advocate, West helped pass legislation that placed in-car video in Texas law enforcement patrol vehicles, established statewide policy on the use of body-worn cameras, and provided grant money to law enforcement agencies to purchase high-grade bulletproof vests.

To promote inclusiveness in the procurement practices of state agencies in working with historically underutilized businesses (HUBs), West created the “Doing Business Texas Style” Spot Bid Contract Fair and regularly sponsors procurement workshops and seminars.

In addition to his senatorial duties, West is the managing partner in the law firm of West & Associates, LLP. He is a devoted husband to Carol R. West, CPA; a caring father and grandfather; and active deacon at Good Street Baptist Church.

For more information, please contact Methodist Health System Foundation at 214-947-4555 or