WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Texas is pleased to recognize Chante' B. Prox for her outstanding work as a legislative aide in the office of Senator Royce West; and WHEREAS, Chante' is leaving the Texas Senate to enter The University of Texas School of Law; before joining Senator West's office in 1998, she was employed by the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services in Dallas; she first served as a child protective services specialist and then as a legal liaison; and WHEREAS, Chante' earned a bachelor of science degree from Texas Woman's University in Denton in 1991 and a master of science degree in social work from The University of Texas at Arlington in 1998; she completed additional specialized training at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas; and WHEREAS, Chante's many responsibilities in Senator West's office included legislative research, preparing briefing documents, drafting bills, speech writing, and responding to constituent inquiries; and WHEREAS, She coordinated the District 23 Health and Human Services Advisory Committee and represented the senator's office at neighborhood associations, public schools, and crime watch meetings; and WHEREAS, During her tenure, she was involved in legislation that provided up to $1,000 in financial assistance to grandparents who are the primary caretakers of their grandchildren and legislation to prevent and reduce abuse and neglect of the elderly in nursing homes; she also served as the coordinator for the Dr. Emmett J. Conrad Student Advisory Committee, which was established in 1996 and is sponsored by Senator West; and WHEREAS, Chante' is actively involved in community activities and serves on the boards of a number of organizations; in March of 2002, she received the Yvonne Ewell Emerging Black Women Leaders Award for her community service and leadership; and WHEREAS, Diligent, resourceful, and talented, Chante' skillfully handled the multifaceted duties of a legislative aide in the office of Senator West and ably assisted with the needs of his constituents; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 78th Legislature, hereby commend Chante' B. Prox for her exceptional contributions to the office of Senator Royce West and extend to her best wishes for the future; and, be it further RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared for her as an expression of high regard from the Texas Senate. West ________________________________ President of the Senate I hereby certify that the above Resolution was adopted by the Senate on May 30, 2003. ________________________________ Secretary of the Senate ________________________________ Member, Texas Senate