AUSTIN (KXAN) — On Tuesday, Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody attended the State of the Union address in Washington, D.C.
One of the points that resonated with Chody was the president’s message about border security.
“From a law enforcement perspective, when you talk about MS-13, the drugs that are coming in through Texas using the I-35 corridor —my agency has seized over $2 million in one year last year,” Chody said afterward. “I was glad to hear the president address that and those are issues we need to address collectively as a nation.”
Each lawmaker is allowed to bring one guest to the State of the Union, and Chody was U.S. Rep. John Carter’s pick.
“Law enforcement officers like Sheriff Chody put their lives on the line every day,” Carter said. “It’s no secret that the rhetoric and policies that come out of Washington have a great impact on their jobs. They deserve our utmost support and the resources to stay safe and do their job effectively.”
On Twitter, Chody has expressed his excitement for the event.
Opportunity of a lifetime!
I am so excited!
Thank you @JudgeJohnCarter for the invite to such a historic event.@USHouseofReps @USSenate @POTUS pic.twitter.com/sjg2f50GbQ— Williamson County Sheriff Chody (@SheriffChody) February 1, 2019
Starting tomorrow, I will likely be inundating this account with photos and videos of my trip to the SOTU in DC. You’ve been forewarned!— Williamson County Sheriff Chody (@SheriffChody) February 5, 2019
In response to the invitation, Chody also released this statement: “I am honored to have the opportunity to witness firsthand the President of the United States address the members of Congress during the State of the Union address. Certainly a historic opportunity for any non-congressional member to attend such a national an important event.”
Chody, who is well-known for his Twitter presence, said he couldn’t take any photos or videos during the address because he had to turn over his phone to security. He mentioned this is the longest time he’s been without his phone.