Early Life and Education
Senator Cornyn was born in Houston on February 2, 1952, the second of three children of Gale and John Cornyn, both native Texans.
Senator Cornyn’s father was a B-17 pilot in World War II and served our country faithfully for 31 years. Raised as he was in a military family, Senator Cornyn traveled a great deal growing up. At various points, he and his family lived in Houston, El Paso, and San Antonio, Texas; Biloxi, Mississippi; Kensington, Maryland; and Tokyo, Japan.
In 1973, Senator Cornyn earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Trinity University in San Antonio. He earned his Juris Doctor from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1977.
While serving as a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court, Senator Cornyn earned his Master of Laws degree from the University of Virginia in 1995.