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State Representative District 71

2-year term. Must be 25 years or older, a US citizen and a resident of Texas. Responsible for representing the citizens of his/her district in the US House of Representatives.

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    Sam Hatton
    (Dem)

  • Stan Lambert
    (Rep)

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Biographical Information

What do you consider the most critical issue Texas will face over the next five years? If elected, how would you approach this issue?

School finance in Texas has generated lots of talk but little legislation in recent years. What is your philosophy on the future of public school funding?

Do you believe America has a problem with gun violence? If so, how do you plan tackle it?

Congress and the President want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and have taken steps to dismantle it. What role should the government have when it comes to health insurance?

Texas adds about a thousand people a day. This rapid growth has caused several problems. What are the top three issues the government should address because of this growth?

As a Texan, what do you believe is missing from the conversation about immigration and border security? How would your beliefs influence your approach to those policies?

Describe a unique experience from your childhood that shaped who you are today.

Age 31
Education Eastland High School Ranger College University of North Texas
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Education funding will be the most critical issue we will face in the next five years. If elected, I will commit to once again making the state commitment to education 50% again instead of the 34% that it is today. I will also work to explore sustainable funding mechanisms including but not limited to fixing closing franchise tax loopholes, closing the equal and uniform loophole, making the oil and gas exploration tax meaningful again and working to make the federally mandated state test locally administered and developed.
Texas school funding needs to work again. In order to accomplish this, we need to overhaul how we fund education in Texas. The state's lessening commitment in the form of fewer state dollars has essentially created a new state tax taken from local school districts. This cannot stand. I will commit to working to ensure stable, reasonable funding developed.
Yes. In the last legislative session, Texas voted to allow open carry of firearms. This was something nobody asked for and nobody wanted. It serves to make our state less safe. If elected I will work toward not only ending open carry but also comprehensive gun reform in Texas. We need intelligent gun laws that match our 21st-century guns. Starting a conversation on velocity, capacity, gun show loopholes and purchase databasing is something I hope to do in the legislature.
Access to affordable health care should be a basic human right. As a legislator, I will tirelessly work toward ensuring that every man, woman, and child in Texas has access to comprehensive, quality medical care. We have to make government about people again, not profits.
Our three biggest growth problems in Texas are Infrastructure, Healthcare, and Schools. Our state government should work tirelessly to ensure that our growing population's roads, bridges, and water security are planned for in a conscious and thoughtful way. We need to ensure that not only is health care available in all areas that need it but that it is quality and affordable. And we need to make sure that our schools are not only of the highest quality but that they are fully funded decades, not months down the road.
As a lifelong Texan, I believe that the conversation on immigration has been convoluted. When we talk about immigration we assume that illegal drugs, illegal immigration, legal immigration, port security, land border security, and terrorism are all the same issue. They're not. We need long-term, comprehensive thinking to solve our politically created immigration issue.
I was raised by an abusive father. We were incredibly poor. When I was a kid you could tell from the bruises I had down to my mannerisms and attitude that something was wrong. Some of my teachers especially could tell. I remember one teacher, Mrs. R., who would come over to my house and bring projects that I had 'forgot' so that she could check up on me. I still remember her to this day. She went outside her normal work day and helped me. She found value in me. She invested in me. Now I want to go to Austin and help millions of teachers just like Mrs. R. who are going out of their way to invest in the next generation of Texans.
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