Ken Paxton

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Attorney General Greg Abbott Names Paris Child Support Employee Assistant Attorney General of the Year

PARIS Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today recognized Tammi Starnes, an assistant attorney general in the Child Support Division’s Paris office, for her commitment to Texas children. Starnes was named Assistant Attorney General of the Year for the Child Support Division’s Tyler region, which covers 43 counties. First Assistant Attorney General Daniel Hodge presented the award to Starnes on Wednesday at the Statewide Assistant Attorneys General Conference in Austin.

Tammi Starnes’s hard work and dedication help ensure thousands of young Texans receive the child support they need to become healthy, successful adults, Attorney General Abbott said. A committed and selfless public servant, Tammi stands out as one of the state’s most dedicated and impressive lawyers. We are grateful to Tammi Starnes for her commitment to Texas children.

AAG of the Year award recipient

Tammi Starnes

Deputy Attorney General for Child Support Alicia Key selected one assistant attorney general from each of the state’s nine child support regions, along with an assistant attorney general from the main office in Austin. Honorees are chosen based on recommendations from their peers and supervisors, with a particular focus on employees who are willing to go beyond their normal duties to serve Texas children. Each recipient demonstrates a desire to serve Texas families, help their colleagues and enhance the Attorney General’s Child Support Division.

Starnes, who has been an assistant attorney general in the Child Support Division for 12 years, is responsible for establishing legally recognized relationships between children and their unmarried parents. She also works to establish, enforce and modify court orders that require parents to provide child support and medical support.

Starnes, a graduate of South Texas College of Law, was chosen to be the region’s Assistant Attorney General of the Year because of the respect she garners from sitting and retired judges, and for her superior court room skills. Colleagues report that she is the epitome of a team player who takes initiative to complete any task necessary to get the job done.

Tammi is an assistant attorney general who inspires both trust and confidence, said Padraic O’Bryan, senior regional attorney for the Tyler region. Knowing Tammi is handling a particular matter of significance is very comforting.

The Attorney General’s Child Support Division offers an array of services to help families,
including locating absent parents; establishing paternity for children born to unmarried parents; establishing, enforcing, and modifying child and medical support orders; and collecting and distributing child support payments.

The Paris child support office covers Delta and eight surrounding counties. In the state fiscal year that ended August 31, 2010, the office handled 16,977 cases and collected more than $36 million.

For more information about the Office of the Attorney General and the child support services it offers, call (800) 252-8014 or visit the agency’s website at