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After several weeks of thunderstorms, tornados, and severe weather across East Texas, my heart goes out to the individuals and families who are mourning the loss of a loved one, or whose property was damaged by the storms. As we rebuild and recover, my family and I will continue to keep our fellow East Texans in our thoughts and prayers, and I would encourage you and yours to do the same. For anyone needing assistance, please don't hesitate to call either my Austin office at (512) 463-0508, or my district office in Lufkin at (936) 634-2762. more
I am relatively sure that before Buc-ee’s was given a permit to build their location in Madisonville, that the Texas highway department had a look at the plans as they related to traffic flow into and out of the parking lot onto highway 21 and the I-45 access road. Why then do local authorities feel it necessary to block entrances to this legal business with barricades? Any traffic problems should be dealt with based on traffic laws, not the shutting down of LEGAL entrances or exits. more
Extreme political views have come to be the platform of the Democratic Party’s presidential candidates, and it is not pretty. Viewers of the April 22 CNN town halls with Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg saw extremism on display. Sanders actually proposed the idea of restoring voting rights for incarcerated mass murderers, rapists and other felons. more
He is risen! With the Easter holiday upon us, many of us will join together with family and friends to search for Easter eggs, enjoy an Easter lunch, or maybe take a long nap on Sunday afternoon. While these are all part of the Easter tradition, I hope you and your family will make time to celebrate the true reason for the holiday -- the resurrection of our Lord and Savior. As 1 Peter 1:3 reminds us, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." He is risen indeed! more
I would like to take this opportunity to say how proud I am to live in a town that has a county fair like the Madison County Fair! more
With so much going on at your State Capitol this week, I thought it best to jump right into our legislative update… more
While public education reform and property tax relief have been the focus of the Texas House from the very beginning of the 86th Legislative Session, this week my colleagues and I finally had the opportunity to bring House Bill 3 to the floor for a vote. I'm pleased to report that after hours of debate, the Texas House overwhelmingly passed this historic piece of legislation that will benefit every student, teacher, and property owner in Texas! more
President Trump and every declared candidate for the Presidency want to lower drug costs. And, surprise, it's the President who has made a bold move towards a workable free market solution. more
Sometimes when I read something in a newspaper or magazine, I look at the bottom of the article, to see whether or not there is a tag line that reads “Ad paid for by….”. This is one of those times! more
With every legislative session, there comes a whole host of new ideas, opportunities, and priorities. Given the unique challenges facing each member’s district and the thousands of proposals to address our state's most pressing issues, it's sometimes difficult to determine which issues will rise to the top of the heap. One of the best barometers for the priorities that will define each legislative session can be found in the only bill that the Legislature is constitutionally required to pass -- the state’s biennial budget. more
Spring has officially arrived and so has county fair season! Like many of you, I love spending time at our county fairs supporting our youth and visiting with friends and neighbors from parts near and far. These events build such a sense of community and provide a unique opportunity to observe the hard work of so many of our youth as they bring their projects and talents to the fair. Also, I hope you’ve noticed the wildflowers starting to dot the landscape along our highways. It’s a great time to be out and about in East Texas! With that, here's the latest update from your State Capitol. . . more
Banding together for protection and common welfare was one of the earliest signs of civilization. Oftentimes, individuals would be required to dedicate some of their land for common use. We find this dynamic play out when governments authorize private entities to use eminent domain proceedings to develop transportation corridors, such as highways, electric transmission lines, oil and gas pipelines, or yes, railroads. more
With many schools on Spring Break, it was great seeing so many young people visiting their Texas Capitol. I recently had the privilege of keynoting an address to a dedicated group of 4-H students who … more
This past week was a frenzy with the bill filing deadline looming on March 8th and lawmakers working feverishly to get their bills in the hopper before the cut-off date. more
As I often say in this column, I love seeing folks visit their State Capitol during the session. This past week I once again had the pleasure of welcoming a number of constituents, including a group from Leon County who made their way to Austin for their first ever Leon County Day at the Capitol. more
The level of discourse in this country has continued to slide into a dark and terrible place. I only mention this because it’s true. Not only do we not speak civilly on just about any topic, … more
I’ve been following with interest a proposal by the freshman (sorry, freshwoman, wouldn’t want to misgender) representative from the Bronx (by way of Westchester), N.Y., called the Green New … more
President Trump, by all reports (except for the terminally liberal suffering some sort of derangement syndrome), knocked it out of the park with his State of the Union address. Still and all, … more
To the Editor: One day last week, I was listening as my husband watched one of his favorite Western movies on our television. An ordinary Western, good vs. evil. As I listened, I realized that … more
May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you. Then the earth will yield its harvests, and God, our God, will richly bless us. Yes, God will bless us, and people all over … more
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