Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner Endorses State Rep. Jeff Leach For Re-ElectionAugust 4, 2020
“Increasingly, there are dangerous and reckless voices calling for defunding the police and undermining the safety of our communities. That’s why it’s more important than ever to support Jeff Leach”
ALLEN — Today, State Representative Jeff Leach announced he has been endorsed for re-election by Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner. Sheriff Skinner, a nearly 30 year law enforcement veteran, former prosecutor, police officer and military veteran, is one of the most respected names and effective voices not only in Texas, but in the nationwide law enforcement community. He currently serves as Chairman of the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas’ Legislative Committee, on the Board of Managers for the North Central Texas Emergency Communications District and as a Trustee for Collin County Meals on Wheels. As Sheriff, Jim oversees and leads an office of nearly 600 county law enforcement personnel.
In his endorsement of Leach, Sheriff Skinner stated, “Increasingly, there are dangerous and reckless voices calling for defunding the police and undermining the safety of our communities. That’s why it’s more important than ever to support Jeff Leach for State Representative. Representative Leach is an ardent supporter of Texas’ law enforcement – and he has the record to prove it. Having worked alongside Jeff, I know he has worked tirelessly to advance policies that keep our neighborhoods safe, protect victims, fight human trafficking, and crack down on sexual predators and violent offenders. He is a steady, committed advocate for our law enforcement community – and I wholeheartedly endorse and support his re-election to the Texas House of Representatives.”
In response to the endorsement, Representative Leach said, “You’d be hard-pressed to find a more respected leader and effective voice in the law enforcement community than Collin County Sheriff, Jim Skinner. Through our work together over the years, I’ve seen first-hand just how tough and wise Sheriff Skinner is. When he speaks, people listen – from the streets of Collin County to the halls of the Capitol. It’s been my high honor to partner with him to advance smart policies that serve to keep our community safe. I am grateful for his support and look forward to our continued work together in the future.”
Jeff has deep roots in the community, having been born, raised and educated here. After graduating from Plano Senior High School, he went on to earn his undergraduate degree from Baylor University and his law degree from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law. Named a “Rising Star” by Texas Super Lawyer, Jeff practices at the law firm of Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C., where he specializes in complex commercial and civil litigation, construction law and real estate. Jeff is Chairman of the Texas House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence and is a member on the House Committee on Pensions, Investments and Financial Services and the House Committee on Redistricting. He has previously served on the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence and currently serves as Co-Chairman of the bipartisan Texas House Criminal Justice Reform Caucus. He also serves as a legislative member on the Texas Judicial Commission. Jeff and his wife Becky, a speaker, writer and artist, are the proud parents of Brady (age 12), Charlotte (age 9) and Landry (age 5). They are active members of Prestonwood Baptist Church, where they have served for several years in the Young Families Ministry.