Over 7000 Bills Filed; More Post-Uri Grid Reforms

March 12, 2023

I hope you are enjoying the increasing number of spring-like days, and now the additional hour of sunshine.  Here is my latest update from your Texas Capitol.    No More Legislation – Friday’s Deadline is Behind Us Friday, March 10th, was the last day for all bills to be filed by legislators, representing a key […]

Border Security, Combating Campus BDS, Coach Dungy and More

March 4, 2023

Friends,Next week is the deadline for legislation to be filed by any member of the Texas House or Senate, so we will soon know all bills that can be considered for passage. Here is a summary of some of the events over the past week in Austin.  Coach Tony Dungy Visits to Promote Fatherhood Initiative   This […]

Reporting In On the Week

February 25, 2023

Monday was President’s Day, so we had somewhat of a shortened week of activities at the Texas Capitol.  Still, it was a busy and productive week with sessions on the Senate floor and meetings with numerous constituents and fellow Texans.  Thursday’s Texas Legislative Prayer Breakfast On Thursday morning, numerous elected officials, Capitol staffers and breakfast […]

Electricity Hearings, Brown County Day, Opal Lee and more ….

February 11, 2023

Dear Friend: Here’s a recap of some of the events from last week.   I hope these updates are helpful in providing you more insight into the work that goes on in your state capitol.  First Meeting of Business and Commerce Committee The Senate Business and Commerce Committee held its first hearing on Tuesday, and the […]

Ice Storms Are Behind Us … What’s ahead?

February 4, 2023

What a Week!  Thank You First Responders and Essential Workers As we are back to clear roads and warmer temperatures, this is a great time to thank the numerous first responders and essential workers who have shown up in tough, often dangerous conditions over the past week. It’s a long list, and we often take […]

Session Countdown: 119 Days Until Adjournment

January 29, 2023

Dear Friends,   We are up and running, and as of today we are 119 days from adjournment.    The session will move quickly, and I’ll do my best to keep you apprised on key developments. Here’s an update on some items from this past week. Honored to be Chosen to Serve as TCCRI Board Chairman This week, […]

Exciting Inaugural Address, Gearing Up for the Work Ahead

January 21, 2023

Inaugural Ceremony for Governor Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick  On Tuesday, Governor Greg Abbott and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick were officially sworn in and took their oath of office. Constituents from all over the state gathered in Austin for a series of inaugural events. During the inaugural swearing in ceremony, we saw a glimpse at […]

Welcome to the 88th Legislative Session

January 13, 2023

Dear Friends, On Tuesday at noon the Texas Legislature gaveled in for the start of the 88th Legislative Session, and I was sworn in the Texas Senate to represent Senate District 10. It is the honor of a lifetime to be trusted with the responsibility to represent the counties of Brown, Callahan, Johnson, Palo Pinto, […]

Will there be enough electricity for this week’s frigid temps?  How should you prepare?

December 19, 2022

Texas has made big strides in electric reliability over the last year. Improvements include weatherization of facilities, requiring onsite backup fuel for generators, mapping of critical infrastructure, improved communication and multiple other services at ERCOT to bring additional generation online quickly if needed. However, with the big cold snap predicted for this week I do believe […]

Tomorrow is the Day. Your Voice, Your Vote.

November 7, 2022

Friends,  Like so many of you, I am deeply concerned about the future of our nation. As a father and grandfather, I worry about the country and the path we are on. For so many reasons, it’s simply unsustainable. But this I know: Texas remains a beacon of opportunity and a model for low taxes, limited […]