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Mr. Speaker, Highlands, Texas, lost a lawman to a tragic traffic collision last Saturday night. Harris County Precinct 3 Deputy Constable Robert Clenney was hit by a car from behind and spun into oncoming traffic where he again was hit head-on by a pickup truck. He was 38 years of age. To make matters worse, the driver who hit Deputy Clenney's SUV from behind fled the scene. Police are now searching for the hit-and-run scoundrel.

Deputy Clenney was a beloved husband and father of two young daughters. His wife, Denise, says her husband had always wanted to be a lawman. It was his dream, and he achieved that dream. He had been a deputy constable for 11 months when he lost his life.

Lawmen are a special breed of people. They run toward trouble when others are running to safety. They protect people, property and the community. These first responders hold evildoers accountable to our laws. Deputy Clenney will be buried this Saturday in Texas. We will always be grateful for folks like Deputy Clenney, grateful for his service and his sacrifice. We pray God's peace to his family after their loss of this Texas lawman.

And that's just the way it is.

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