I attended The University of Texas law school at the same time as Joe and his wife Becca, and have been friends with them and practiced law in Texas for 30 years. I have never known anyone more committed to public service than Joe, or more devoted to the public good, more receptive and willing to talk with people of different views, and more generous, courteous and friendly, even when people do not respond in kind. He is also ferociously fair, brilliant, courageous, hardworking, and principled. To me all of this makes him the ideal public servant — the kind that is desperately needed in this country and in Texas.

Ruth B. Downes, Attorney at Law