The 2012 Houston Leadership Award Dinner – Houston, TX

On October 29, 2012, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) will recognize Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott with its Houston Leadership Award. Attorney General Abbott will be the 19th recipient of this prestigious award, given annually to members of the Houston community for their service and leadership.

Gregg Abbott became the Attorney General of Texas in 2002 after serving on the Texas Supreme Court and as a district judge in Harris County. He is the longest serving attorney general in Texas history, which is a testament to the respect he has earned through his talented leadership abilities. Attorney General Abbott joins a prestigious group of previous JINSA Houston Leadership Award recipients including Jeff Love, Governor Rick Perry, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Bruce LaBoon, Ned Holmes, Martin Fein, Judge Ed Emmett, and many others.

The same evening, we will also give recognition and gratitude to our own Tom Neumann for his decades-long leadership at JINSA.

Tom Neumann served as Executive Director of JINSA for over two decades and grew the organization’s reputation as an effective and credible advocate for a strong American military and robust defense and security relations between the U.S. and its democratic allies abroad, particularly Israel. When Tom became Executive Director Emeritus last fall and returned to his hometown of Houston, he did so knowing JINSA’s reputation as a trusted and credible advocate for American national security was assured.

On the national level, it is now more important than ever to recognize public leaders who are deserving of this award. On a personal level, this dinner provides all of us with the opportunity to recognize a committed individual we are proud to call our friend. We cannot think of two more deserving patriots to be recognized for their leadership on behalf of our country: Greg Abbott and Tom Neumann.