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Texas House District 113

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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  • Jonathan Boos
    (Rep)

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    Rhetta Andrews Bowers
    (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.

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Age 51 years of age
Education Texas Southern University, BA Spelman College
Campaign Phone 972-379-8080
Website www.rhettabowers.com
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I believe the most critical issue Texas will face over the next five years is correcting our public education finance reform and our education funding crisis, rescuing our school districts, teachers, administrators and students. If elected, I will be committed to reviewing the findings of the Public Education Commission created to find the answers to a problem that started with a 5.4 billion budget cut that has not been recovered yet. We must also look closely at our antiquated formula and move forward to bring things current.
During the 85th Legislative Session, the Texas House submitted HB 21 that would have appropriated 1.8 billion dollars back into Texas Public Schools. This was a figure agreed upon by Democrats and Republicans in the House, but when it got to the Senate the bill was killed with a 1.5 billion dollar cut. I believe this along with a serious look at our outdated formula could be a great start for our approach in school finance reform.
I believe we have to take a few steps when it comes to gun violence prevention in America - that would include universal background checks. red flag laws that would indicate any threat to society or themselves, educating and demanding proper storage of firearms and help and assistance for the mentally ill.
Access to quality healthcare and health insurance are and should be a human right. I do agree that the Affordable Care Act has some issues that should be tweaked, but not dismantled and replaced all together. Texas is one of the most uninsured states and medicaid expansion would be a great help to 1 million Texans. I do not believe anyone diagnosed with an illness can accept the prognosis nor begin the process of healing if they can't afford to pay for it.
Expansion of quality healthcare accessibility for Texans Transportation and highway improvements- especially in urban areas Economic Development that supports small businesses and that meets the needs and demands of our growing state.
Apathy and empathy. I am the daughter of an immigrant that came to the United States legally, but because of that mere fact, I do understand what it means to come to this great country for a better way of life. I believe my father came to America and achieved the American dream. Many of the concerned families that enter our country are fleeing from life or death situations - seeking safety to start anew and in time and with help become very productive and proud Americans. I believe when we get back to the originating origins of our country's beginnings - we will find our way back to the 'melting pot' principles our country was founded upon.
I believe there are two distinct things from my childhood, that have contributed greatly in shaping me into who I am today - as mentioned above being of Caribbean American decent, going to parochial schools and always being a minority have all had a lot to with my not seeing color. Growing up in a household where differences in culture were a daily discussion around the kitchen table and way of life made it easier to look beyond our differences and opened the door to genuine acceptance of others. Secondly and politically, my parents were Democrats for many of my years at home, until one day my mother switched parties and did so primarily to make a difference. She felt getting on the inside was the only way to create change. To this day, I don't know if she believes she's achieved it, but I do know that it opened my eyes to the fact that there is more common ground between us than we know - and that there is more to what unites us, than there is to what divides us.