February 11, 2016

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Tennessee House Honors Tommy Vallejos, Latinos for Tennessee Board Chairman

Nashville, Tennessee – Today, the Tennessee House honored Clarksville, TN County Commissioner Tommy Vallejos, a gang-member turned U.S. Army Gulf War Veteran and now Pastor, for his contributions to the local community, including his leadership as the Chairman of Latinos for Tennessee, a local non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting faith, family, freedom and fiscal responsibility to the Latino community in Tennessee.

House Joint Resolution 52 was approved unanimously and sponsored by Rep. Glen Casada (R-Franklin), Speaker of the House Beth Harwell (R-Nashville), Rep. Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) and Rep. Bryan Terry (R-Murfreesboro).

Upon news of County Commissioner Tommy Vallejos’ recognition in the Tennessee House of Representatives, Raul Lopez, Executive Director of Latinos for Tennessee issued the following statement:

“Tommy’s recognition by the Tennessee House was years in the making. His selfless devotion to the principles that have made this country strong is an example to us all. Tommy’s story is also one of second chances. After living a life of crime in his native New Mexico, Tommy went on to serve our country honorably, risking his life to protect our liberties.” Lopez went on to add: “Today, Latinos for Tennessee is blessed to call him a fellow board member and fortunate to have him join our group in taking the message of freedom to the growing Latino population in Tennessee.”

In part, the resolution reads:

WHEREAS, honoring his commitment to stopping gang violence, Mr. Vallejos travels around the country teaching gang awareness classes to schools, communities, and churches; he also counsels and mentors former gang members to help them become productive members of society. He preaches the Gospel to prison inmates, providing hope and restoration where there is little.

The complete text of the resolution can be found here:

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