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State Representative District 44

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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  • John Kuempel
    (Rep)

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    John D. Rodgers
    (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 63
Education Bachelor of Nursing Science Bachelor of Business Administration
Campaign Phone 210-371-1176
Website www.rodgersfortexas.com
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RodgersforTexas
Twitter @Rhouse44
website www.rodgersfortexas.com
contact johnrodgerstxhouse@gmail.com
Fair funding of public schools is key to growing opportunities and improving the quality of lives for all Texans. We pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation. We need to take a close look at tax revenue sources to see who is paying and who is not paying, every Texas Family, Community, and Business has an obligation to contribute to securing a quality education for Texas children. The Texas Legislature has repealed tax laws that were passed to fund public education so special interest gets a tax break while the property owners pay higher taxes that is not a fair system.
See the answer to Question 1.
Yes, There were 58,220 U.S. military fatal casualties in the Vietnam War which lasted for 19 1/2 years. In 2012 and 2013, there were 65,924 deaths by firearms in the US in just 2 years. All gun sales need to have a universal background check performed, mandatory safety classes for gun ownership has to occur so people who have guns know how to properly handle and use them, documented history of mental health disorders, persons with violent felony and domestic violence convictions should be ineligible to purchase or own a gun, enforce existing gun laws.
Texas spends annually on average $5.5 billion dollars to pay for unfunded care from the general revenues. The majority of this care is in the emergency room and it is the most expensive care to receive. At the same time, Texas refused 40 Billion dollars over the past eight years from the federal government that could have been used to offset the Texas unfunded care cost. There are $4.7 million uninsured Texans of which 600,000 are children. Texas uninsured is at about 20%, that is two time the US national average. We have the second highest teen pregnancy, the highest repeat teen pregnancy rate and two times the national average of mothers dying after giving birth. It is past time to accept the federal dollars for health care. The pharmaceutical and insurance industry in the US has huge monetary influence over legislation which affects the laws that are passed. All Americans need affordable health care and reasonable medication cost.
Some folks seem to have forgotten where Texas came from. We are a multinational state with influence from around the world. Texas has been under six flags. We need reasonable immigration laws that respect what this nation was founded on which was immigrants seeking a better opportunity. At the base of the Statue of Liberty the last part of the poem say: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door."
There are three, which they are all linked: quality public education, affordable health care, and strong small business. Quality education opens the doors to opportunity, children need to be healthy to attend school, and small businesses are economic drivers of opportunity. It all begins with education.
At age 9, I was in an accident resulting in severe burns over 25% of my body. I spent 52 days in the hospital over which 51 were in isolation. I had two skin grafts operations along with dressings changed two to three times a day for over two months. After my burns healed, I was bullied during my teenage years about the scars on my body. It made me stronger, leading me into health care through the military at age 17. It taught me to be compassionate and unafraid, but to stand up and fight for the least among us.