Governor Abbott Holds Ceremonial Bill Signing For Rep. Thompson's HB 938
AUSTIN– Representative Ed Thompson was proud to participate in the ceremonial signing of House Bill 938 yesterday. HB 938 will designate a portion of Farm-to-Market Road 518 in Pearland as the Officer Endy Ekpanya Memorial Highway.
Rep. Thompson joined Officer Ekpanya's widow and mother, along with Senator Larry Taylor, Brazoria County Commissioner Stacy Adams, Pearland Police Chief Johnny Spires, and Pearland Assistant Police Chief Ron Fraser to proudly watch as Governor Greg Abbott ceremonially signed HB 938 into law.
This legislation will keep the legacy of Officer Endy Ekpanya's devoted service to his community alive by erecting a permanent memorial marker. Officer Ekpanya became an officer in the Pearland Police Department after dedicating his life to helping his family in Africa and pursuing higher education across the country. He was tragically killed just days before his 31st birthday last June when his patrol car was hit head-on by a drunk driver. Officer Ekpanya is survived by his wife, Lucy, and their young son, Julian.
"I was proud to carry this legislation to honor Officer Endy Ekpanya," stated Rep. Thompson. "Endy was an intelligent, caring, and brave young man who was tragically taken before his time. The entire Pearland community mourned his loss, and I'm pleased to be able to play a small role in making this tribute to Endy possible."
HB 938 took effect on September 1, 2017. There is no cost to the state associated with this bill, as members of the public are required to raise the necessary funds for the Texas Department of Transportation to put up the signs along FM 518 between State Highway 35 and Sunset Meadows Drive.
Representative Ed Thompson is currently serving in his third term in the Texas House of Representatives and his district encompasses Pearland, Alvin, Manvel, Brookside Village, Hillcrest, Liverpool, and portions of Iowa Colony and Rosharon. He is the Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Environmental Regulation and serves as a member of the House Committee on Transportation.