Senator Cornyn

PHOTO: Cornyn Meets with The University of Texas at Austin President Jay Hartzell

February 24, 2022

AUSTIN – Today, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) met with The University of Texas at Austin (UT) President Jay Hartzell for an update on University operations and discussed future priorities for UT including the continued expansion of their research and development efforts to bolster semiconductor production and technologies. In November, Sen. Cornyn led a letter, with a majority of the Texas Congressional delegation, urging the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to consider Texas for semiconductor sites to support domestic production through programs created in his CHIPS for America Act. See photo attached and below.

“With worldwide supply-chain disruptions, it is imperative that we bolster our domestic semiconductor production capabilities which rely on critical research and development,” said Sen. Cornyn. “Texas is well-positioned to grow even more as a leader in the domestic semiconductor arena and I will continue fighting in Congress to increase our semiconductor manufacturing capacity to support economic growth, secure supply-chains, and ensure long-term national security.”

“Investing in our nation’s semiconductor production spurs innovation, protects our nation’s security, and creates high-paying jobs and successful companies. This all starts with research and talent from America’s leading research universities, just as The University of Texas at Austin has helped Texas become the top state for semiconductor production,” said UT Austin President Jay Hartzell. “UT is excited to work with Senator Cornyn and other leaders from our federal and state governments, along with our industry partners, to make a big impact through leadership in this vital sector.”

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