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Texas House District 115

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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    Matt Rinaldi
    (Rep)

  • Julie Johnson
    (Dem)

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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 43
Education J.D., cum laude, Boston University School of Law B.B.A., Economics, cum laude, James Madison University
Campaign Phone 972-850-6275
Website https://MattRinaldi.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MattRinaldiTX/
Twitter @MattRinaldiTX
website https://MattRinaldi.com/
contact Destin Sensky 972-850-6275 destin@mattrinaldi.com
The most critical issue facing Texas, and one that affect so many other issues like reducing skyrockeing property taxes and improving education, is keeping Texas the Texas economy strong. Because of conservative leadership, Texas leads all states in private-sector job creation over the past year and the past decade. Texas has added over 346,300 private-sector jobs in the last year, and over 1.7 million in the last 10 years. New business formation in Texas is at a five-year high, and jobs in Texas are now on pace for the strongest growth in four years. I am running for re-election to continue my work strengthening schools, creating jobs, fighting for lower property taxes, and keeping the Texas economy the strongest in the nation so my 11-month old son and his generation can grow up in a state that provides the same endless opportunities for them in the future as it does for so many of us today.
I am proud to have maintained my commitment to Texas students and teachers by providing an additional $4 billion in education funding. When re-elected, I will continue to work to reform our school funding system by using surplus state funds to buy down school property taxes, thereby increasing the state share of educational spending, eliminating the unfair Robin Hood funding scheme and lowering skyrocketing property taxes that threaten to price so many residents out of their homes. The state should also ensure that existing funds are directed to the classroom and to hiring the best teachers, so that the money we do spend can most directly benefit our students.
I believe America has a problem with violent crime in general. While we have made great strides in significantly reducing violent crime over the last 30 years, we can and should continue to do more. We must make sure our federal background check system is accurate, so that we can keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill, and provide more resources to prosecute gun crimes that are already on the books. We also need to shift resources within our criminal justice system from regulatory and victimless crimes, toward violent crimes like murder, sexual assault and human trafficking. We also need to ensure our borders are secure and our immigration laws are enforced against violent criminals in police custody, a goal which Gov. Abbott ensured through passage of the sanctuary city ban in the 85th legislative session.
The government should strive to ensure that affordable health care is available to all. This can be accomplished best through encouraging more competition and flexibility in the health care market, not less. Consumers should be allowed to purchase health insurance across state lines and have greater options in their plans. Medicaid needs to be systematically reformed to increase reimbursement rates for doctors while decreasing demand and ensuring that our medically-fragile kids are not placed in managed care that does not suit their needs. Crafting a better system should start with a change in federal law that provides states greater flexibility in crafting a system that works best for them.
Texas' growth is a blessing, not a curse, and has added a half trillion to our GDP over the past decade. Of course, growth comes with challenges. But we have me those challenges by providing more funds for education and infrastructure to meet the needs of a growing population. Because of our leadership, Texas leads all states in private-sector job creation over the past year and the past decade. Texas has added over 346,300 private-sector jobs in the last year, and over 1.7 million in the last 10 years. New business formation in Texas is at a five-year high, and jobs in Texas are now on pace for the strongest growth in four years. Texas is among the leaders nationally in high school graduation rates, and graduation rates for African-American and Latino students. We are now the world's third largest producer of oil. Our growth is a sign of our success and will continue to fuel our economic prosperity in the years ahead.
As the son of an Italian immigrant who came to America legally, I know first-hand the benefits that legal immigration brings to our society. Illegal immigration, on the other hand, undermines the rule of law, threatens to overwhelm our social services, and is unfair to those who follow the rules and apply for citizenship legally. I will continue to ensure our border is secure, government benefits are reserved for those who follow the law, and our immigration laws are enforced against dangerous criminals and those in police custody. At the same time, I will continue to encourage passage of legislation that reforms our legal immigration process by encouraging merit based immigration and removing the arbitrary caps that result in waits as high as 150 years from countries like India.
As the son of an immigrant who grew up in an immigrant community, I came to see America from the perspective of individuals who grew up in a closed society without the freedoms that so many of us share. America is a truly remarkable nation, which has done more to eradicate poverty, protect liberty, and ensure unprecedented economic prosperity than any in human history. I have approached my career in public office with the goal of protecting our economic and personal liberty and minimizing government interference in the lives of individuals to keep America and Texas that beacon of hope and opportunity that my family saw when they sacrificed so much to come here just a few short years ago.
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