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It’s Official!

November 16, 2021
I’m excited to share the news that I have officially filed to run for election to the Texas Senate!
 
Since announcing our candidacy just seven weeks ago, my family and I have been overwhelmed at the outpouring of support.    
 
Texans in Senate District 10 know that the damage caused by the Biden Administration grows more severe with every day:

-Mandates that impose on our liberties;
-Ignoring border security;
-Rising prices on gasoline, groceries, and everything we need to live;
-An all out assault on our very culture, values and so much more.

Texas must fight back. As your state senator, I’ll fight the unacceptable encroachment from Washington upon our rights and liberties. 

 I hope you’ll take a minute to check out our new website at www.PhilKing.com.  We are still updating the site with new endorsements, so if you are not yet added please know we are working to add new supporters every day.   If you haven’t added your name, please do so at https://www.philking.com/endorse/

Finally, we’re preparing for a costly campaign to defeat the incumbent liberal Democrat and win this critical seat for Republicans.   If you are willing to provide a donation of $250, $100, $50, $25 or even $10, every dollar helps us get closer to that goal.

Sincerely,
 
 
Representative Phil King
Republican Candidate for Texas Senate


Representative King serves House District 61 in the Texas Legislature.  He serves as Vice Chair of the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute and is the past National Chairman of the American Legislative Exchange Council, an organization of state legislators dedicated to the principles of limited government, free markets, and federalism.  A former Fort Worth police officer, King currently serves in the Texas State Guard.  He earned a B.A. and M.B.A. from Dallas Baptist University, where he served as an adjunct professor and taught Constitutional Law. He earned his law degree from Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth (formerly Texas Wesleyan).  Phil and his wife Terry are active members of Trinity Bible Church in Weatherford where Phil is an attorney and small businessman.  They are the proud parents of six children and are blessed with sixteen grandchildren.  

Here Are Some Great Changes in Texas Law

November 8, 2021

It’s really astounding how much the Texas Legislature accomplished this year despite COVID-19 pandemic, Winter Storm Uri, AND the Democrat legislators fleeing to Washington, DC.  Yes, there is much more to be done—and I am eager to get back to work—but I was really encouraged today reviewing this list of highlights.  (And this list is far from complete.  We did much more!) 

Enhancing Border Security 

The Biden Administration has shown a blatant disregard for the human and drug smuggling crisis at our border.  The influx of illegal immigrants, human trafficking, and gang activity is at the highest levels we have ever seen. To counter this, Texas has deployed resources as never before.  We have allocated $3 billion to border security efforts, made a $250 million down payment to begin building the wall, deployed aircraft, boats, DPS troopers, Texas Rangers, the State Guard and National Guard, installed over 5,000 cameras, established the new Texas Task Force on Border & Homeland Security, and invoked the Emergency Management Assistance Compact to work collaboratively with neighboring states.  Texas is doing far, far more than any other state— arguably more than the federal government—to secure the border and combat drug and human trafficking.    

Ensuring Religious Liberty 

Almost all Texans would agree that the First Amendment unequivocally guarantees our freedom of religion, and that we have the right to gather in worship and exercise our rights without government’s interference.  Yet, during the height of the pandemic we witnessed those rights and freedoms being threatened.  Multiple bills were passed, including a proposed amendment to the Texas Constitution that voters just adopted, to ensure that churches will not be ordered closed or services restricted again in Texas.  

Fighting Federal Overreach 

The Tenth Amendment was intended to hold Washington, DC in check by preventing federal encroachment into our individual liberties and leaving much authority to the states.  After all, the states created the federal government, not the other way around.  I authored and the Legislature passed SCR 12 that reasserts Texas’ sovereignty over all powers not specifically enumerated in the U.S. Constitution and thereby granted to the federal government.  This legislation is a formal demand from Texas to Washington calling on the federal government to stay in its lane and adhere to the Constitution.   

Second Amendment Protections 

Several preemptive measures to guarantee your right to defend yourself, your family, and your property were passed.  Most notable was the passage of Constitutional Carry that allows law-abiding Texans who are 21 and older to carry a handgun without a permit for personal protection, while observing safe gun practices.  We also passed other bills that prohibit gun and ammo stores from being shut down during a disaster.  Another bill removed federal restrictions on firearm suppressors that are manufactured here in Texas.  And yet another law passed makes Texas a sanctuary state, meaning local government and law enforcement can’t enforce unconstitutional federal gun laws proposed by the Biden administration.        

Protecting the Unborn 

Abortion is now prohibited in Texas after a fetal heartbeat is detected!  A new study released last week shows that we are already seeing a 50% decrease in abortions reported in Texas compared to the same month a year ago.  We also passed the pre-ban (trigger bill) on abortion which would allow Texas to fully and immediately ban abortion if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.  During the second special session, legislation was also passed banning abortion-inducing drugs, such as RU-486, from being mailed and delivered as if it were an over-the-counter medicine.   We also approved $100 million in funding for Alternatives to Abortion programs and maintained the state’s ban prohibiting abortion providers from receiving state funds.        

Additional Property Tax Relief 

I authored and passed HB 3833 which will reduce property taxes by $472 million over the next five years by eliminating the interest on rollback property taxes.  Also, a constitutional amendment that will need voter approval in the May 2022 election will increase the residential homestead exemption levied for public school purposes from $25,000 to $40,000.  And the Legislature also passed a bill allowing homebuyers to receive their homestead exemption immediately after purchasing their property.  

Ensuring Election Integrity 

During the 2020 general election, a $250 million donation from Mark Zuckerberg was given to the Center for Tech and Civic Life, much of which was then dispersed to local government election offices in Texas.  These private funds were heavily funneled to large urban county election offices.  To stop this practice, which is ripe for fraud, I authored and the Legislature passed a bill that prohibits election offices from accepting private donations ensuring no undue influence. 

Also, other sweeping reforms for election integrity were passed making it much easier to vote and much harder to cheat.  Texas’ sweeping reforms may well become a model for the nation.  They provide practical changes to restore public confidence, including consistent statewide standards, simple and secure election processes, greater transparency mechanisms, and generally reduce unlawful voting practices.  We also funded full time state election auditors that will conduct random audits, review/investigate discrepancies, and help train election personnel.   

 Protecting UIL Sports for Girls 

Legislation was passed that protects girls’ UIL sports in Texas schools by ensuring girls are not forced to compete against boys.  

Back the Blue 

This year we not only passed several priority items to support our law enforcement but also defeated many measures proposed by liberals that would negatively impact law enforcement.  As a former police officer, it’s always a top priority to back our men and women in blue.  We passed legislation designed to prevent large cities and counties from defunding the police.  We passed bills to help prevent many of the violent protests we have recently seen.  We made it a crime to block emergency vehicles, such as happened recently in California, placing the lives of injured officers at risk.  We also allocated $139.2 million to increase law enforcement salaries and establish new content requirements for basic peace officer training with model curriculum.  

Combatting Critical Race Theory 

Legislation was passed during the regular session to ban the harmful teachings of Critical Race Theory in public schools.  In the second special session, we provided more clarity and strengthened that legislation and also included more civics training for our teachers to ensure civic values are taught in social studies education.  

Balanced Budget & Spending Limits 

The Legislature is tightening Texas’ belt, passing a lean budget that is smart with taxpayer dollars.  The budget totaled $248.5 billion and is a 3% decrease in total state funding.  We also put in place legislation to limit the growth of state government by capping government spending.  The new law very effectively limits the rate of growth in state spending by capping each new state budget by a factor of population growth adjusted for inflation.  This helps ensure future legislators face stringent spending constraints.       

Protecting Our Children and Retired Teachers 

We made a huge commitment to better fund our schools and teachers in 2019 and, despite having a leaner budget this year, we were able to fulfill that financial commitment.  In total, we allocated $46.5 billion for Texas public schools.    

Texas also approved a 13th check for our retired teachers of up to $2,400.  This was accomplished through a $701 million appropriation in the special session.  Additionally, we increased the state’s portion of teacher retirement contribution rates and maintained current health insurance premiums and benefits.      

Fighting Social Media Censorship 

We know that social media censorship is out of control and has a chilling effect on political discourse.  Legislation was passed to help safeguard our freedom of speech by protecting social media users from being censored for their express viewpoints.  This bill includes legal remedies for those wrongfully excluded based on a user’s viewpoint.  (My wife Terry, for example, was recently put in Facebook jail for a month for posting to our daughter that she needed to “kidnap the grandkids” and bring them to our home for the week.  This is how utterly foolish social media has become). 

Electricity Reform Measures  

After Winter Storm Uri caused catastrophic statewide power outages, the focus of the legislative session quickly shifted to the electric power industry.  Over a dozen substantive and very complex bills ultimately passed covering a range of issues from power generation to transmission and distribution to the retail electricity market.  This included the restructuring of the Public Utility Commission (PUC) and ERCOT, Texas’ grid manager. 

I authored and passed two of the bills that enable electric utilities to use mobile emergency power generation during widespread outages and another to help reduce emergency power outages and improve reliability by expediting the process for building new transmission lines.  I also added an amendment on a bill that permits electric utilities to operate load management programs for nonresidential customers to help reduce widespread outages. 

Other legislation requires new market and oversight rules regarding blackouts, penalties for lack of storm preparation and weatherization, a new statewide power alert system, consumer protection from sky-high electric bills, securitization financing for gas and utilities to recover extraordinary costs they incurred (so that costs won’t be passed on to consumers), and additional funding of over $4 million to enhance the PUC and oversee ERCOT activities.  

Redistricting


We fulfilled our constitutional and statutory duty to redraw the boundaries and balance out the population for the Texas House, Senate, State Board of Education, and Congressional maps.  The maps drawn by the legislature always undergo legal challenges but I am confident our maps are legally sound.

To view the final maps, click HERE and each map is located at the top of the redistricting website.  

Federal Relief & Recovery Funds 

During the regular session, we fought hard and amended the budget to require the Legislature to be involved in how the federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) were allocated.  $13.3 billion in funding was received by Texas and the appropriations were made as follows:

$7.2 billion for the Unemployment Compensation Fund to pay back outstanding advances received from the federal government. (These are funds that would have otherwise been paid by each business in Texas).

$2 billion to the Texas Department of State Health Services for surge staffing at hospitals and other facilities, purchasing therapeutic drugs (including drugs for monoclonal antibody treatments), and for operation of regional infusion centers.

$500.5 million to fund the expansion of broadband infrastructure.

$200 million for cybersecurity projects.

$160 million for grants to crime victims.

$150 million to deploy reliable next-generation 9-1-1 services.

$100 million to provide supplemental funding to food banks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This list is comprehensive but not at all exhaustive. 

The work of ensuring that Texas continues to implement fiscally responsible and conservative-based public policy is never done, but your Texas Legislature made a great deal of progress this year. 

Constitutional Amendment Election: What You Need to Know

October 19, 2021

Early Voting Has Started!


On November 2, you will have the opportunity to vote on eight different constitutional amendments.  These amendments were all proposed as legislation during the 87th legislative session and vetted through the legislative process like all other bills.  However, the difference is when amending the Texas Constitution, an amendment not only has a higher threshold of passage during the legislative process but it also requires voter approval before it becomes law.  You may be surprised that some of these topics, such as judicial qualifications, require an amendment to the Texas Constitution. However, unlike most states, the Texas Constitution limits the authority of the Legislature to act in many areas.

Below you will find an analysis for each proposed amendment.  

In person early voting started yesterday and runs through Friday, October 29th.  Election day is Tuesday, November 2nd.  Please see the links below for voting times and locations near you. 

See you at the polls!!


Parker County Early Voting and Election Day Sites and Hours

Wise County Early Voting and Election Day Sites and Hours

Summary of Constitutional Amendments

Proposition 1 (HJR 143)

The constitution authorizes the Legislature to permit charitable raffles by the charitable foundations of professional sports teams. The Legislature enacted HB 975 (84R) to permit these raffles under Chapter 2004 of the Occupations Code. Examples of professional sports teams include teams in the National Basketball Association, National Football League, Major League Baseball, and the National Hockey League.

Proposition 1 would expand the definition of “professional sports team” to include an organization sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association or the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association. The constitutional amendment could benefit charities associated with those rodeo associations, such as the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, which aids people who have been injured while participating in professional rodeo activities.

Proposition 2 (HJR 99)

Article VIII, Section 1-g(b) of the constitution authorizes incorporated cities and towns to issue bonds to finance the development of an unproductive or blighted area within the city or town and to pledge for repayment of those bonds increases in property tax revenue attributable to the development of property in the area. Proposition 2 would give counties this power as well.

The amendment would enable counties to create tax increment reinvestment zones (TIRZs) to develop an area. The additional property tax revenue attributable to improvements in the zone would be used to pay down the bonds issued. However, the proposed amendment provides that a county that issues bonds or notes for transportation improvements may not pledge for the repayment of those bonds or notes more than 65 percent of the increases in ad valorem tax revenues each year, and a county may not use proceeds from the bonds or notes to finance the construction, operation, maintenance, or acquisition of rights-of-way of a toll road.

Tax increment financing can be a useful economic development tool, and the state faces difficult decisions regarding the funding of transportation projects. However, the benefits of tax increment financing must be weighed against the ever-growing local debt problem in Texas. According to the Bond Review Board, local debt in Texas grew from $141.4 billion at the end of FY 2007 to $251.8 billion by the end of FY 2020; the latter figure represents a per capita burden of approximately $8,577 per state resident. While tax increment financing does not impose new taxes, its reliance on public financing requires tax revenue to pay down the issued bonds.

Proposition 3 (SJR 27)

Proposition 3, if approved, would amend the Texas Constitution to provide that the state or a political subdivision within the state may not adopt a rule that prohibits or limits religious services, including those conducted in churches, congregations, and places of worship in this state by a religious organization established to support and serve the propagation of a sincerely held religious belief.

The proposed constitutional amendment would address a real controversy in which people were prohibited from attending church and religious services during the Coronavirus lockdown. Texas fared better than other states in this regard, such as California. Indeed, California Governor Gavin Newsome fought all the way to the United States Supreme Court to keep churches closed. The Court ultimately ruled against California, but the lesson is that the right of people to attend religious services and worship as they choose must be protected.

Proposition 4 (SJR 47)

Proposition 4 would amend the eligibility requirements for justices of the Supreme Court, the Court of Criminal Appeals, and the Courts of Appeals, as well as district court judges. Under current law, these judges and justices must be (among other things) citizens of the U.S. and Texas and have been licensed to practice law, or have been a lawyer and a judge of a court of record, for a certain number of years (four years for a district court judge, and 10 years for justices of the other courts).

The proposed amendment would require all of the above justices and judges to be residents of Texas and would make the experience requirements Texas-specific; for example, a lawyer with 10 or more years of experience outside Texas would not be eligible to serve on the state Supreme Court simply by becoming licensed in Texas. Under Proposition 4, a person would not be eligible to serve as a judge or justice of the Supreme Court, the Court of Criminal Appeals, and the Courts of Appeals if his or her license to practice law had been revoked, suspended, or subject to a probated suspension. Furthermore, the bill would increase the experience requirement for district court judges from the four years immediately preceding his or her election to the eight immediately preceding years, during which period the judge’s license to practice law could not have been revoked, suspended, or subject to a probated suspension.

The Texas Commission on Judicial Selection Final Report issued a report on judicial selection in December 2020. Notably, a number of practicing attorneys who submitted comments to the commission strongly criticized the lack of experience of many judges in the state. Proposition 4 would answer this criticism in part by increasing experience requirements for district judges.

Proposition 5 (HJR 165)

The constitution empowers the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct (the “Commission”) to investigate complaints against judges and justices and discipline them when appropriate. This discipline can include recommendations for a judge or justice to be suspended or removed from office for misconduct, such as violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct (the “Code”). Proposition 5 would amend the constitution to authorize the Commission to investigate complaints and take any other actions against candidates for judicial office in the same manner that it can with respect to judges and justices holding office.

Some of the rules in the Code, unsurprisingly, are inapplicable to non-judges, such as performing judicial duties diligently. However, an argument can be made that some of the purposes of the Code- such as upholding the Integrity and Independence of the Judiciary- could be furthered by extending the Code to apply to judicial candidates. Moreover, as the statement of background and purpose to HJR 165 points out, judges and justices do not compete on a level playing field against their competitors in judicial elections, because candidates for office are not subject to the Code.

Proposition 6 (SJR 19)

Proposition 6 proposes a constitutional amendment to establish the right of residents in long-term care facilities (nursing homes, assisted living facilities, state-supported living centers, intermediate care facilities for individuals with a developmental disability, residence providing home and community-based services) to designate an essential caregiver with whom the facility may not prohibit in-person visitation. The proposed amendment also stipulates that the Legislature by general law may provide guidelines to facilities, residences, or centers to follow in establishing visitation policies and procedures.  

Beginning in mid-March 2020, emergency state orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic directed long-term care facilities to close their doors to visitors in an attempt to stem rising coronavirus cases and protect residents. Restrictions began to ease some in August of that year, but at that point only facilities in which there were zero cases of coronavirus allowed visitors in to see residents. This initial action was understandable, as the entire world grappled with how best to address COVID-19.

However, the prolonged isolation of these residents, many of whom did not understand why their friends and families suddenly ceased visiting, proved to be just as, if not more dangerous, than the threat of coronavirus. A number of stories over the interim have detailed the frustrations and heartbreak of families who lost loved ones in long-term care facilities while they languished alone or only visible through a window. Importantly, Proposition 6 and related legislation (SB 25, 87R) permit facilities to adopt reasonable safety protocols consistent with residents’ rights to have in-person visits with their essential caregivers.

Proposition 7 (HJR 125)

Article VIII, Section 1-b(c) of the Constitution provides that “the legislature by general law may exempt an amount not to exceed $10,000 of the market value of the residence homestead of a person who is disabled . . . and of a person 65 years of age or older” from school property taxes. The Legislature has in fact authorized this exemption by general law. Additionally, current law provides that, if a person qualifies for this exemption, his or her school property taxes are “frozen” for as long as the he or she, or his or her spouse, claims the residence as a homestead. Furthermore, if a person age 65 or older dies while the freeze is in place, his or her spouse will continue to benefit from the freeze if such surviving spouse is at least 55 years of age and continues to use the property as a homestead. 

Proposition 7 proposes a constitutional amendment that would extend the last benefit to a person who survives a disabled spouse (not just an elderly spouse, as under current law) who was eligible for the school property tax freeze, provided the surviving spouse is at least 55 and continues to use the property as a homestead.

In addition, the proposition, if approved, would also validate HB 1313 (86R). This bill was enacted into law and provides the same tax exemption that HJR 125 would; however, a constitutional resolution relating to HB 1313 was never approved. Proposition 7 corrects this oversight by requiring tax collectors who collected school district taxes for the 2020 and 2021 tax years from people who benefit from HB 1313’s relevant provisions to determine whether they collected taxes in excess of what that bill permits. If they did, they would be required to issue refunds to the surviving spouse. 

Proposition 8 (SJR 35)

The constitution authorizes the Legislature to provide by general law that the surviving spouse of a member of the U.S. armed services who was killed in action is entitled to a property tax exemption on all or a portion of his or her homestead residence, provided the surviving spouse has not remarried. Proposition 8 changes “killed in action” to “killed or fatally injured in the in the line of duty.” The amended language is broader in that it encompasses armed forces members who were killed while serving but not through combat (e.g., killed in a training accident). The resolution amends current law to better reflect the spirit behind it. If approved by the voters, Proposition 8 would require no further action on the part of the Legislature, which already passed related legislation (SB 611, 87R) the enactment of which is contingent on the approval of Proposition 8.

Big News! Cruz Endorses Phil King for SD 10

October 18, 2021

Our campaign momentum continues! 

In our campaign for Texas State Senate, I’m excited to share a major endorsement from U.S. Senator Ted Cruz.

It’s a true honor to earn the endorsement of Senator Ted Cruz, who is on the front line in our nation’s capital fighting courageously every day for our freedoms.  I look forward to partnering with him as a member of the Texas State Senate. 

Endorsements of Speaker Newt Gingrich and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin

October 12, 2021

Friends,


 The momentum continues with more exciting news to share from the campaign trail!  I am honored to receive endorsements from both former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin with the Family Research Council.  Both men are national conservative leaders that I’ve worked with to fight federal overreach, and it’s a privilege to receive their backing in pursuit of my campaign for Texas Senate.  

Please take a minute to see the news below.  If you would like to be added to our list of supporters, click the “Endorse Phil” button below.


Sincerely,




Congressman Roger Williams, Over 700 Endorsements And Growing

October 4, 2021

Friends, 


 Our momentum continues!   

As you know, I announced my candidacy for the Texas Senate last Monday.   Since announcing, the outpouring of support has been humbling.   Today, in less than a week, I’m honored to release the names of over 700 supporters backing our campaign.  

I’m also grateful that Congressman Roger Williams is now endorsing me.   

Please take a minute to see the news below.  If you are on this list, thank you.   And if you would like to add your name to our next list, click the button below, add your name, and we’ll be sure and add you to the next list of endorsements. 

Terry and I appreciate your support and friendship.

Sincerely,

KING EARNS SUPPORT FROM CONGRESSMAN ROGER WILLIAMS; OVER 700 CITIZENS ENDORSE BIG FOR TEXAS SENATEFollows Endorsements from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Gov. Perry, Gov. Huckabee, Comm. Wayne Christian and Numerous Conservative Leaders

(PARKER COUNTY) – Today, State Representative Phil King received a resounding show of support from his home county, as an initial list of over 700 local supporters endorsed his campaign for Texas Senate District 10 (see list below).   King also announced the endorsement of Congressman Roger Williams, who represents Johnson County. 

Williams said, “I’ve known Phil King and his family for decades. He is a good friend and I have supported him for years and will continue to support him in the future. He is well respected in his community for his principled-driven leadership. Phil will continue to be a staunch advocate for small business, taxpayers, and conservative values, and I look forward to continuing to work along side him.”  Williams is a businessman, Texas’ 105th Secretary of State, and Former Republican Party of Texas Victory Chair.

The group of over 700 citizens includes a broad list of current and former elected officials, faith leaders, grass roots conservatives, business and community leaders, and Republicans with a long history of working and volunteering in campaigns. 

Weatherford businessman and campaign Treasurer Jimmy Day said, “This announcement underscores the level of support Phil enjoys in the county he has represented for years.  There are many people who know and respect Phil and his entire family and are ready to help him win votes here in Parker County and in the many counties and communities across Senate District 10.”

This announcement follows last week’s endorsements from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Governor Rick Perry, Governor Mike Huckabee, Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Wayne Christian,
Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC, Former Dallas Cowboy Jay Novacek and his wife Amy, conservative statewide leaders David Barton, Rick Green, Tim Lambert, John Graves, and many others.

Parker County Judge Pat & Kathy Deen 
Parker County Sheriff Russ & Linda Authier
Parker County Attorney John Forrest
Parker County Treasurer Jenny Barnwell
Parker County Commissioner George Conley
Parker County Commissioner Steve Dugan
Parker County Commissioner Craig & Deborah Peacock
Parker County Commissioner Larry Don Walden
Parker County Constable Joe Harris, Jr.

Mayor Kit Marshall, Aledo
Mayor Jay Hamilton, Brock
Mayor Marc Povero, Hudson Oaks
Mayor Don Smelley, Peaster 
Mayor Paul & Courtney Paschall, Weatherford
Mayor Doyle Moss, Willow Park
City Councilman Nick Stanley, Aledo
City Councilman & Precinct Chair Kevin Cleveland, Weatherford
City Councilman & Precinct Chair Matt & Kelly Ticzkus, Weatherford
City Councilman Eric Contreras & JJ Williams-Contreras, Willow Park

Lori & Lance Johnson, Poolville, Peaster ISD Superintendent*
Dr. Katarina Lindley, Brock ISD School Board Trustee
Beth & Toby Taylor, Weatherford ISD School Board Trustee

Elizabeth Bergman Bozzell, Millsap, GOP Precinct Chair
Brian (Weatherford ISD School Board Trustee) & Lisa Catlin, Weatherford, GOP Precinct Chair
Earlene Clouse, Springtown, GOP Precinct Chair
Susan Freeman, Weatherford, GOP Precinct Chair
Jimmy Gregory, Springtown, GOP Precinct Chair
Marsha Hardin, Azle, GOP Precinct Chair
Dr. Luke & Ashtyn Haynes, Weatherford, GOP Precinct Chair
Marvin Herring, Aledo, GOP Precinct Chair
Chris & Laura Hester, Weatherford, GOP Precinct Chair
Ed Huddleston, Hudson Oaks, GOP Precinct Chair
Howard Story, Aledo, GOP Precinct Chair
Rosemarie Swaim, Weatherford, GOP Precinct Chair
Ryan Towson, Aledo, GOP Precinct Chair
Joe & Karen Wilkinson, Weatherford, GOP Precinct Chair

Susan Adams, Aledo
Joel & Lisa Aldridge, Weatherford
Andy & Tiffany Alfaro, Weatherford
Lucas & Jessica Allen, Aledo
Jeff & Nikki Anderson, Fort Worth
Dr. Tom Annunziato, Weatherford
Aaron & Denise Austin, Weatherford
Troy & Sunny Austin, Aledo
Lance & RaeAnn Arnold, Weatherford
Allison Baker, Weatherford 
Brent & Elizabeth Baker, Weatherford
Brandon & Shayla Baldwin, Weatherford
Sheri Baliff, Weatherford 
Mike & Sundee Barnes, Weatherford  
Gloria G. Barron, Aledo
David & Cheryl Barton, Founder, WallBuilders*
Tim & Gabby Barton, President, WallBuilders*
Lin & Tiffany Bearden, Weatherford
Allison Bedore, Weatherford
Kevin & MJ Bentley, Aledo
Jonathan & Chery Berry, Weatherford
Jack & Gail Blair, Willow Park
Ava Blais, Hudson Oaks
Marc & Nicole Blanton, Weatherford
Debra Bobbitt, Hudson Oaks
Kevin & Tracy Bolen, Weatherford
Brian & Carrie Bond, Weatherford, Pastor, Greenwood Baptist Church*
Dr. Ron & Catherine Boney, Weatherford
Chris & Amy Bonnett, Weatherford
Greg Borders, Aledo
Marcus & Katlyn Bowen, Willow Park
Chuck & Sara Bratcher, Peaster
Joe & Marilyn Bratcher, Aledo
Jeff & Leslie Broseh, Weatherford
Dr. Steve & Julie Brown, Weatherford
Bob & Mary Ann Brown Millsap
Jim & Pam Brown, Weatherford,
Andy & Misty Browning, Weatherford
Cleve & Alicia Brunson, Brock
Jeane Brunson, Weatherford
Chris Bryant, Willow Park
Rebekah Bryant, Aledo
Cameron & Chelsea Bryson, Weatherford
Michelle Buchanan, Springtown
Rusty & ReVay Bullock, Weatherford
Larry & Connie Bunn, Weatherford
Caleb & Anna Burk, Gordon
Steven & Courtney Butler, Weatherford
Steve & Debbie Burdett, Weatherford
Chris & Tami Cain, Weatherford
William & Debra Camp, Weatherford
Rick & Mindy Campbell, Aledo
Linda Caram, Fort Worth
Darren & Annie Carbone, Weatherford
Keith & Suzanne Carlson, Weatherford
Debbie Carney, Weatherford
Maxine Carter, Brock
Mike & Nika Carter, Weatherford
Suzanne Carter, Weatherford
Matt & Kayla Cermak, Aledo
Barbara Chapman, Weatherford
Pam Chase, Aledo
Bryan Choate, Hudson Oaks
Bryson & Tiffany Clark, Weatherford
Brad & Tiffani Cockburn, Weatherford
Bryan & Ashley Conlon, Weatherford
Ross & Stacy Conner, Aledo
Dennis & Becky Connelly, Weatherford
Benny & Jennittie Cook, Weatherford
William & Lisa Cook, Aledo,
Cole Cooper, Aledo
John Cooper, Weatherford
Samantha Cooper, Aledo
Darin & Tara Copeland, Aledo
George Courtney, Weatherford
Randy Cox, Aledo
John & Kerry Crawford, Azle
Mark & Christy Creacy, Willow Park
Janie Davis, Weatherford
Ken & Gaila Davis, Weatherford
Caroll & Lawonna Dawson, Weatherford
Catherine Dawson, Weatherford
Jeremy & Wendy Day, Weatherford
Jimmy & Janice Day, Weatherford
Tim & Debbie Deary, Weatherford
Dave Deison, Weatherford
Donti Dennis, Weatherford
Kenlee Dennis, Weatherford
Regina DeVore, Weatherford
Belinda Dickerd, Weatherford
Joel & Jennifer Dickerson, Weatherford
Jarrod & Jill Dickey, Peaster
Darren Donaldson, Mineral Wells
John & Anita Dougherty, Weatherford
Jim & Susan Duncan, Weatherford
Rebekah Dugger, Weatherford
Jerry & Vickie Durant, Weatherford
David & Virginia Durnil, Aledo
Janet Duvall, Weatherford
Johnny Dwire, Weatherford  
Mariah Dyson, Weatherford
Dan & Terri Edwards, Aledo
Josh & Lindsay Edwards, Aledo
Mark & Sarah Eidson, Weatherford
Jack & Taylor Eggleston, Brock
Blake & Lori Ellis, Weatherford
Jennifer Ellis, Weatherford
Darryl Evans, Weatherford
Robert & Caroline Evans, Aledo
Adam & Mende Feriend, Weatherford
Daniel & Amy Ferguson, Weatherford
Layne Fields, Weatherford
Steve & Nida Fisher, Weatherford
Christina Fite, Weatherford
Jay & Judy Flanagin, Weatherford
Tim & Lisa Fleet, Fort Worth
David & Pam Flowers, Weatherford
Dr. Jeff Foland, Weatherford
Jordann Foland, Weatherford
Charles & Janet Foster, Weatherford
Kevin Foster, Weatherford
Dayna Fowler, Aledo
Gail Fowler, Aledo
Richard & Connie Fowler, Weatherford
Bruce & Mindy Frantz, Aledo
Brandon & Audrea Garrett, Weatherford
Dr. Burres & Glenda Garrison, Weatherford  
Joe & Doris Geer, Weatherford
John & Samantha Gibson, Weatherford
Robert & Donna Gibson, Weatherford
Adam & Christin Giddings, Weatherford
Charlie Gilchrist, Willow Park
Stephen Gilchrist, Aledo
Courtney Gildon, Aledo
Jim & Charlene Glaub, Weatherford
Tatyana Glaub, Weatherford
Steve & Deana Glaze, Weatherford
Bob & Carolyn Glenn, Weatherford
Lisa Marie Graves, Weatherford
Steve & Lynette Gray, Weatherford
Gregorio Gregory, Springtown
Paul Gregory, Springtown
Terri Grimes, Weatherford
Sonny & Janice Grissom, Hudson Oaks
JB & Lori Gross, Weatherford
Zachary & Miranda Gryder, Aledo
Joe & Kelly Hajj, Aledo
Coach Robert Hale, Weatherford
Kelli Hamilton, Weatherford
Matt & Lindsay Hamilton, Aledo
Monty & Denise Haney, Peaster
Matt & Kristen Hanvey, Aledo
Tony & Connie Hardee, Willow Park
Joe Harris, Weatherford
Jon & Shelly Hartman, Millsap
Mark & Peggy Hastings, Weatherford
Jill Harper, Weatherford
Dave & Debbie Harris, Weatherford
Jerry & Jan Harrison, Weatherford
Jared & Lauren Hawthorne, Weatherford
Austin & Mary Haye, Weatherford
Wayne & Sharon Hayes, Weatherford
Jessica Heath, Aledo
Bethany & Jordan Herrera, Willow Park
Steve & Cindy Hitt, Weatherford
Brett Hobson & Holly Echols, Weatherford
David & Lauren Hollier, Aledo
Jacob & Sarah Holt, Peaster
James & Angie Hotopp, Weatherford
Pastor Van Houser, North Side Baptist Church*
Keith & Lee Howell, Weatherford
Ricky & Erica Howell, Weatherford
Dr. Tom & Lucia Howorth, Aledo
Scott & Jennifer Hubley, Aledo
Tom Huffhines, Weatherford
Daniel Huffman, Weatherford
Teresa Hughes, Weatherford
Todd & Angie Huse, Weatherford
Scott & Darla Jackson, Aledo
Scott & Tina Jackson, Weatherford
Judy James, Weatherford
Jared & Brittany Jenson, Aledo
Scott & Jackie Jeter, Mineral Wells
Michael Johnson, Weatherford
Josh & Kasey Johnston, Hudson Oaks
Brandi & Stephen Jones, Poolville
Gordon & Candy Jones, Willow Park
Nick & Amber Jones, Weatherford
Bud & Dodie Jordan, Weatherford
Carl & Dr. Danica Jordan, Weatherford
Judd & Kaye Jordan, Weatherford
Kirk & Karen Joseph, Aledo
Jeff & Stephanie Kalbfleisch, Azle
Dr. Chuck & Rebecca Kautz, Weatherford
Brad & Effie Kieta, Aledo
Matt & Michel Kinder, Weatherford
Barbara King, Weatherford
Josh & Sarah King, Weatherford
Leah King, Weatherford
William King, Weatherford 
Chris & Kate Kiser, Weatherford
Dr. Ted & Lynn Kitchens, Aledo, Founding Pastor of Christ Chapel Bible Church, ret.*
Dr. Todd & Dr. Aly Kovach, Aledo
Zoli & Ashley Kovacs, Aledo
Dr. Eric & Courtney Kuykendall, Weatherford
Dawn King, Weatherford
Dan & Beckie Knox, Weatherford
Kevin Knox, Weatherford,
Brian & DeeAnna Krier, Weatherford
Keith & Teri Kubosh, Aledo
Brian & Loren Kuebler, Willow Park
Ray & Marilyn Kummerfeld, Weatherford
Robby & Renee Kyser, Willow Park
Tom & Sallie Kyser, Willow Park
Tommy & Sarah Kyser, Willow Park
Chuck & Julie Lambert, Springtown
Joe Lane, Willow Park
Justin & Kayleigh Langford, Brock
Randy & Mica Langford, Weatherford
Dr. Stephen & Saundra Lanier, Hudson Oaks
Matt & Darcie Lantz, Aledo
Juan Ramon Ñino Lara, Weatherford
Carrie Larkin, Weatherford
Rolf & Gay Larson, Annetta
Larry & Amber LaVelle, Azle
Dylan & Stacy LeBlue, Weatherford
Dennis & Barbie Ledford, Aledo  
Naomi & Craig Ledford, Aledo
Tim & Peggy Lewelling, Weatherford
Bob Lewis, Annetta
Gary Lightfoot, Weatherford
Nancy Linguist, Weatherford
Sam Linguist, Weatherford
Corey & Denise Linscombe
Larry D. & Faye Lippincott Weatherford,
Andy & Mary Littrell, Springtown
Terry & Dianna Looney, Weatherford
Louie Lou, Weatherford
Kindra D. Lucia, Weatherford
Bill & Michelle Lynch, Weatherford
Stacy Lynch, Weatherford
Scott & Meghan Lynd, Willow Park
Kayla Mac, Aledo
Kevin & Koree Mangum, Aledo
Peter & Amanda Mansfield, Aledo
James & Anna Rae Markalonis, Weatherford
Marion Marrs, Weatherford
Scott & Candy Marsh, Weatherford
Angie Martin, Weatherford  
Larry & April Martin, Aledo
Charlie & Cathy Martinez, Weatherford
Deborah Matthews, Fort Worth
Shaheen & Shannon Matuni, Aledo
Jennifer May, Aledo
Mark & Anna McAdams, Aledo
Nathan & Danielle, McCarty, Peaster
Gary & Stephanie McElroy, Peaster
Danny & Jana McFadden, Weatherford 
Cy & Jennifer McGuire, Aledo
Kevin & Ginger McKee, Aledo
Matt & Erin McKee, Willow Park
Brian & Courtney McKeown, Weatherford
Trey & Rochelle McKinley, Weatherford
Jeremy McNutt, Weatherford
Ricky & Brandie Minnich, Aledo
Rebekah Molenburg, Aledo
Byron & Whitney Monk, Aledo
Don & Becky Moon, Willow Park
Lyndsie Montgomery, Weatherford
Ryan & Angela Mordecai, Aledo
Jerry & Ashley Morris, Weatherford
Charles Morton, Weatherford
Ric & Kristy Moseley, Aledo, TX
Patrick & Amanda Murphey, Aledo
Roger & Betty Nelson, Weatherford
Allan & Sarah Newburn, Aledo
Erik & Kathleen Newell, Aledo
Kathy Nicholson, Weatherford
Gayle Norris, Poolville
Bob Nuttal, Weatherford
Carrie Olguin, Weatherford
Jeff & Anna Pamplin, Weatherford
Brett & Stephanie Parker, Aledo
John & Chelsey Patterson, Weatherford
Mark & Rena Peden, Fort Worth
Tim & Janay Pendley, Weatherford,
Daniel & Nicole Pennell, Poolville
Steve & Mary Pennington, Weatherford
Rob & Tara Tackett Penny, Weatherford
Wess & Corri Peterson, Aledo
Jacquelyn Pillow, Aledo
Marilyn Pillow, Aledo
Perry & Debbie Pillow, Aledo
Bill & Pam Pinkerton, Weatherford
Amber Plumlee, Weatherford
Joe Bob Plumlee, Weatherford
Philip & Stacey Pollard, Weatherford
Mark & Britany Powell, Weatherford
Bill & Cookie Pozun, Weatherford
Gary & Becky Peoples, Weatherford
Mike & Zan Prince, Weatherford
Michael & Leesa Purefoy, Weatherford
David & Nikki Rapp, Fort Worth
Daniel & Sarah Rasmussen, Weatherford
Alan & Martha Reilly, Annetta
Karen Renfro, Springtown
Matthew & Kasey Renfro, Fort Worth
Stephanie Rich, Willow Park
Charley & Nicole Rickey, Weatherford
Barry & Dr. Beth Riley, Fort Worth
Brian & Beth Roark, Aledo
Graham & Stacey Robbins, Aledo
Jessie & Suzanne Rodriguez, Weatherford
Lexi Rodriguez, Weatherford
Darrel & LeAnn Russell, Springtown
Faris & Tifani Russell, Aledo
Jay & Laura Satterfield, Willow Park
Brent Sauble, Aledo
John & Carol Savage, Weatherford
David & Kathy Sawyer, Weatherford
Brian & Katherine Sellers, Weatherford
Cindy Shannon, Weatherford,
Brian & Penny Shelton, Aledo
Don & Erna Schnebly, Weatherford
Britton & Jamie Schweitzer, Weatherford
Tony Seghetti, Fort Worth
Rex & Debbie Shrauner, Weatherford
Bob & Janelle Shepard, Weatherford
Mike & Karen Sherer, Weatherford
Jon Sherman, Weatherford, Trinity Bible Church*
Thomas & Debra Smith, Weatherford
Jack & Leah Smothers, Aledo
Mark & Pam Snowden, Willow Park
Cory & Kelli Stahl, Aledo
Kirk & Jeana Stallons, Aledo
Stephanie Stegall, Poolville
Shawn & Holly Stene, Aledo
Don & Kathi Stephan, Willow Park
Dr. Brooks & Kelly Stevens, Fort Worth
Ronnie & Marnita Stinnett, Weatherford
Emily Stockdale, Aledo
Mark & Diana Stodola, Aledo
Rodney & Kelly Stokes, Aledo
Richard & Susan Stone, Aledo
Marc & Kelly Strobel, Willow Park
Randy Summarell, Weatherford
Joshua & Caroline Swanson, Weatherford
Catherine Talbot, Weatherford
Martin & Lynn Talley, Aledo,
Bob & Kristen Tallman, Poolville
Jeff & Cindy Tamborello, Weatherford
Josh & Janelle Tankersley, Weatherford
Rick & Vickie Pitchford Terrel, Millsap
Brian & Laci Thomason, Weatherford
Chuck & Linda Tingle, Weatherford
Weldon Torbett, Weatherford 
Jala & Maggie Toss, Aledo
Courtney Towson, Aledo
DiAnn Towson, Weatherford
Laura Towson, Weatherford
Ashley Tucker, Willow Park
Jesse & Jill Tunnell, Mineral Wells
Chris & Ashley Turner, Willow Park
Kevin & Elizabeth Turner, Aledo
Tammy Unangst, Weatherford
David & Eliza Utley, Weatherford
Gary Utley, Weatherford
Stephanie Utley, Brock
Dedra & Charley Vick, Weatherford
Bianca Villarreal, Weatherford
Gregg & Gloria Vines, Annetta
Christal Wade, Weatherford
Chance & Christy Walker, Weatherford
Dr. Jeremy Watkins, Fort Worth
Brett & Rachael Watson, Weatherford
Dennis & Sherry Watters, Willow Park
Billy Weckel, Aledo
Shaun & Laura Weimer, Aledo
Mary & Gary Westenhover, Weatherford
Crystal & Justin Westlake, Springtown
Pastor Chuck Wetherbee, Victory Baptist Church*
Karen D. Williams, Weatherford
Mary Ann Williamson, Weatherford
Will & Karissa Wimberly, Weatherford
Bill & Ellen Woodward, Aledo
Dottie Worthington, Weatherford
Emma Wyatt, Aledo
Jared & Joni Yankus, Springtown
Tyler & Dana Yelverton, Weatherford
Sue Young, Aledo
Roxanna Young, Fort Worth
Robin Younk, Weatherford
Rodney & Tammy Yount, Mineral Wells

* for identification purposes only

Major Campaign Announcement

September 28, 2021


Friends, as we know the Democrats in Texas have fully embraced the radical agenda of their national party and are promoting policies that are dangerous to public safety and a threat to individual liberty. They want to open our borders, defund the police, wreck our oil and gas industry and manufacturing base, increase taxes, and push their “woke” social agenda on all of us.   It is more critical than ever for Texas to fight back and vigorously defend conservative principles in our state. 

As State Representative, that’s my record.  Now, because of the redistricting process which takes place every ten years, there is an opportunity to continue that fight in the Texas Senate.  A new Texas Senate map has added a portion of Parker County in Senate District 10 – a district currently represented by a liberal Democrat from Tarrant County.  

After prayerful consideration with Terry and my family, should this map be adopted, I will make a formal announcement that I will be running for this seat in the Texas Senate.   

Though we have lived in Parker County for over 38 years, Terry and I were raised in Tarrant County; in fact, I graduated from Eastern Hills and Terry graduated from Southwest.  Our first child, Kristy, was born when we lived in Meadowbrook.  I served as a Fort Worth police officer for 15 years and have deep roots throughout the district. 

As a state representative, I have served urban, suburban and rural communities and understand the issues unique to each.  I promise to run a strong campaign to defend our Texas values and our freedom.  I’m pleased that since announcing my candidacy, I’ve already been endorsed by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Rick Perry, former Governor and Secretary of Energy under President Trump (see endorsements below).  

My family and I are richly blessed from the support of so many friends and neighbors like you who have supported us throughout my service in the Texas House.   As we begin this new adventure, Terry and I sincerely ask for your continued support, but most importantly your prayers.   

Sincerely,

Thank You Democrats For Leaving! Look At All We Accomplished!

September 5, 2021

On Thursday night, the Texas Legislature adjourned our second special (extra) legislative session of this year.  Just as predicted, the Democrat’s publicity stunt leaving Texas was a complete and utter failure.  They took chartered flights, hobnobbed in D.C.—with some even taking European vacations—but in the end, they couldn’t stop us.  We were still able to decisively advance our Republican agenda.

On a personal note, I still don’t believe House Democrats faced the necessary consequences for leaving and wasting taxpayer money.  There has been no punishment, no discipline.  Nonetheless, in the end, they learned an important lesson.  That lesson is that when you don’t show up for work you don’t have a voice at the table.

Now, having completed the 87th Regular Session May 31st and two subsequent special sessions, we have some great new law and policy that will benefit all Texans.  And by the way, Terry and I want to thank everyone for the encouragement as we’ve struggled through this year in Austin.  It was definitely difficult and one for the history books.    

The legislature will now take a few weeks off and then we will be right back to the Capitol for another special session to work on redistricting.  As you know, the U.S. and Texas constitutions require that the legislature redraw the district boundaries for all Congressional, House, Senate and SBOE seats. This is always a very difficult process.  In fact, the Democrats filed a new federal law suit to block the process just last week.  They’ve asked that unelected federal judges draw the maps rather than the people you sent to Austin.    

Here are some of the Texas Legislature’s recent conservative wins.  I look forward to going over these with you in more detail soon.

Texas is now the most pro-life state in the nation
Heartbeat Bill: Abortions are now banned at the detection of a fetal heartbeat—generally considered to be around six weeks. 
Trigger Legislation: Effective September 1st, Texas has a “trigger” law in place.  This means that should the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade Texas will automatically revert back to pre-Roe law.  Prior to Roe abortion was illegal in Texas.  
Mail Order Abortion Banned: Legislation passed just last week will ban the abortion inducing RU-486 drug from being mailed and delivered as if it were an over the counter medicine without seeing a doctor.     
Fetal Dismemberment: (It’s disturbing to even type that.)  In 2017, we passed a prohibition on this method of abortion. Abortion providers immediately filed suit and the courts have blocked this prohibition for four years.  In August, Texas finally prevailed and that ban is now law across our state.

Texas passed sweeping reforms on election integrity making it easier to vote and harder to cheat.  I believe our new Texas statute could become a model for the nation.  SB 1 provides practical reforms to restore public confidence, including consistent statewide standards, simple and secure election processes, greater transparency mechanisms, and will reduce unlawful voting practices.  

Texas is doing more than any other state (and frankly the nation) to secure the border and combat drug and human trafficking.   In August the Texas Legislature allocated an additional $1.8 billion to border security.  These funds will help build a border wall and will also fund deployment of additional state law enforcement, National Guard and State Guard personnel.    

Critical Race Theory is banned from Texas public schools. CRT is a moving target.  Legislation was passed earlier this year but we realized we needed to make clarifications and strengthen that new law.  More civics training will be included for teachers and the harmful teachings of CRT will not be permitted in our public schools.  

Providing tax relief. Texans are being taxed out of their homes and 76% of Texas homeowners now see property taxes as a “major burden.”  We implemented helpful property tax relief that will provide homebuyers with a homestead exemption immediately following their purchase and also give elderly and disabled homeowners more relief.  (I confess that I am very frustrated that more substantial and across the board tax relief failed to pass.)   

Bail reform. The mismanagement of the bail system, almost entirely in urban counties, forced the legislature to take action.  We cannot allow violent criminals to be released into our communities unimpeded.  Many tragedies have resulted because dangerous criminals were released from jail—often on low bonds and even just their personal recognizance.  Hopefully our new statute will help end this practice which is usually seen in our more liberal communities. 

Social Media Censorship: HB 20 is intended to help safeguard our freedom of speech by protecting social media users from being censored for their express viewpoints. It includes legal remedies for those wrongfully excluded.  (My wife, Terry, was recently banned from Facebook for 30 days.  Apparently, joking with your daughter that it’s time to come “kidnap” the grandkids for a stay at our home is dangerous.  I guess terrorists and the Ayatollahs just never use the word kidnap….)

Public Education: We need our kids to be in the classroom but, with the continuing onslaught of COVID-19, the legislature provided additional funding and strategies for virtual education.  (One of my granddaughters tested positive just yesterday.  So their family will be out of the classroom studying from home for a couple weeks.)  

I will do my best to keep you posted as we begin redistricting.  And as always, please give me a call or send me an email if you have any comments, thoughts or questions.

Sincerely, 

Vaccine/Mask Mandates and Critical Race Theory

August 16, 2021

COVID-19 Mandates 

I’ve received a lot of questions about mask and vaccine mandates.  I do not believe that any government agency in Texas, including schools, should be allowed to mandate masks or vaccinations.  Those decisions should be left up to individuals, parents, etc.  

I have also always avoided government telling businesses what to do.  However, I do not believe that businesses should require employees to be vaccinated as a condition of employment.  Vaccinations are a personal health care decision.  

This report by Alliance Defending Freedom provides guidance to employees, students, military personnel and churches encountering COVID-19 vaccination mandates.  It’s well worth the read.  It can be found HERE.  

Critical Race Theory 

This weekend, the Epoch Times published my editorial on Critical Race Theory.  I hope you will take a moment to read it and then share your thoughts with me.  The article can be read HERE or see below.

The Democrats Are Still Gone!

July 27, 2021

It is day 20 of the 30-day Special Legislative Session.  Rumors were circulating that the Democrats might slowly trickle in this week but it isn’t looking very hopeful.  The Texas Constitution requires that we have two-thirds of the House present (100 legislators) to conduct any business but we only have 83 Republicans.  During the recent legislative session that concluded in May we had many important accomplishments.  However, between the COVID-19 pandemic and Winter Storm Uri we ended with critical issues yet to be addressed.  Most of those issues were added to the agenda when Governor Abbott called this Special Session.  Unfortunately, just four days after we convened the Democrats fled in private chartered jets to D.C. 

The consequences of the Democrats cut-and-run decision will be extremely high.  Aside from wasting your taxpayer dollars on a convened Legislature that can take no action (about $1 million a month) the entire legislative branch of Texas government will be defunded September 1.  This is in addition to the neglect of all the very important issues we are here to tackle.  Issues like securing our elections, reducing abortions, cutting property taxes, stopping CRT in schools, border security, etc.  These will fall by the wayside.  Also, if the Legislature is defunded it means all staff will be furloughed, constituent services will stop, all district office rents will go unpaid, no office phones or internet…the list goes on.  

Please know that I will continue to be in Austin waiting for the Democrats and to fulfill my obligations as your state representative.  I don’t know what the Democrat’s end game is but I know it will be a complete failure for them.  I hope that all Texans will hold accountable those who fled Texas and their constituents on this failed publicity stunt.  

Here is a reminder of all that is on our session agenda.  I have also urged Governor Abbott to add a ban on child medical gender modification (criminalizing it as child abuse) and SB 14 which I authored in the last session.  SB 14 prevents cities from regulating private employers employment practices forcing business to operate differently city to city, town to town.  

  • ELECTION INTEGRITY: Legislation strengthening the integrity of elections in Texas.
  • ABORTION-INDUCING DRUGS: Legislation to prohibit people from providing abortion-inducing drugs by mail or delivery service, strengthens the laws applicable to the reporting of abortions and abortion complications, and ensures that no abortion-inducing drugs are provided unless there is voluntary and informed consent.
  • BAIL REFORM: Legislation reforming the bail system in Texas to protect the public from accused criminals who may be released on bail.
  • THIRTEENTH CHECK: Legislation relating to a “thirteenth check” or one-time supplemental payment of benefits under the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.
  • ARTICLE X FUNDING: Legislation providing appropriations to the Legislature and legislative agencies in Article X of the General Appropriations Act.
  • BORDER SECURITY: Legislation providing funding to support law-enforcement agencies, counties, and other strategies as part of Texas’ comprehensive border security plan.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA CENSORSHIP: Legislation safeguarding the freedom of speech by protecting social-media users from being censored by social-media companies based on the user’s expressed viewpoints, including by providing a legal remedy for those wrongfully excluded from a platform.
  • FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION: Legislation requiring schools to provide appropriate education to middle and high school student about dating violence, domestic violence, and child abuse, but that recognizes the right of parents to opt their children out of the instruction.
  • YOUTH SPORTS: Legislation disallowing a student from competing in University Interscholastic League athletic competitions designated for the sex opposite to the student’s sex at birth.
  • CRITICAL RACE THEORY: Legislation similar to House Bill 3979 concerning critical race theory as originally passed by the Texas Senate in the 87th Legislature, Regular Session.
  • APPROPRIATIONS: Legislation providing appropriations from additional available general revenue for the following purposes:
    • property-tax relief;
    • enhanced protection for the safety of children in Texas’ foster-care system by attracting and retaining private providers for the system; and
    • to better safeguard the state from potential cybersecurity threats.