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State Representative District 41

What Do They Do? A short video explanation of state elected offices:https://youtu.be/uqd9IWpSqXI2-year term. The House is one of two chambers that make up the Texas Legislature. The representative is one of 150 representatives. They make and vote on laws, decide where the money goes within the state government, serve on committees such as agriculture and livestock, business and industry, elections, higher education, energy resources, etc. Bills for raising money must originate in the House. Only the House can impeach a statewide officer. Current salary: $7,200 plus $190 per diem when in session.Plazo de 2 años. La Cámara de Representantes es una de las dos cámaras que conforman la Legislatura de Texas. El representante es uno de 150 representantes. Hacen y votan por leyes, deciden a dónde va el dinero dentro del gobierno estatal, sirven en comités como los de agricultura y ganadería, negocios e industria, elecciones, educación superior, recursos energéticos, etc. Los proyectos de ley para recaudar dinero deben originarse en la Cámara. Sólo la Cámara puede impugnar a un oficial estatal. Salario actual: $7,200 más $190 por día cuando esté en sesión.

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    Hilda Garza DeShazo
    (Rep)

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    Bobby Guerra
    (Dem)

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Biographical Information

Background: What training, experience, and background qualify you for this position?

Education: What specific changes should be made to public school financing and why?

Economy: What state legislation would you support to help Texas residents improve their economic positions?

Health care: What state legislation is needed to increase availability of affordable health care for Texas residents? If none, please explain.

Other Issues: What other issues do you believe will be most pressing in the next session of the Texas Legislature, and what is your position on these issues?

First, I am a lifelong resident of Hidalgo County and have seen this community grow. Secondly, I dedicated my career to education. I have taught, coached and been an administrator in our public schools. Lastly, I will bring the needs of our community to the leadership table and deliver results.
I do not believe there is enough communication between our state and local public schools. Teacher and student performance is determined by standardized test results. Most schools are not opposed to testing students, there is a real concern that funding is tied exclusively to the test outcomes. Public school goals should better integrate and prioritize educating our children to be competitive in a changing and challenging work environment rather than assuming outcomes based on test scores.
Texas is doing a good job of keeping the doors open to new business and emerging industry. State leadership has tried to keep “red tape” to a minimum and create more incentives for good paying jobs. The best way I can support Texas residents improve their economic positions is by making our workforce more competitive. Education and job training are the key to creating a workforce that can compete for better paying jobs leading to improved economic positions for our Texas families.
There are many opinions about how we can address the shortage of healthcare professionals in our area and most have centered around the creation of a hospital taxing district. I have stood firmly against this proposal, and I do not believe that we need to create a new tax to overburdened home owners to address our healthcare needs. The state should look at increasing incentives to those who choose to practice in more rural areas near the border as a means to attract medical talent to the RGV.
I believe we will have a continued discussion on border security which is vital to the continued well-being of our border cities across the state. In addition, improving public education and caring for our veterans, both young and old, will be at the forefront of pressing issues and those which I will advocate for tirelessly.
From my days working as a local TV reporter and anchor to practicing law for 33 years, I’ve been able to meet and fight for people from all walks of life. Whether it was through my experience in previous elected office, President of Easter Seals, or as a State Bar Board of Director, I have proven my ability to give a voice to my community.
Recently, state leadership has not prioritized fully funding our public schools. Currently, we have $12 billion in our states savings account also known as the Rainy Day fund. With the expected increase of oil and gas revenue, we will have sufficient funds to put back into our public education system. I voted on efforts last session to tap in to some of these funds for education. I will continue to fight on behalf of our public schools and teachers to receive the support they deserve.
First, the legislature needs to ensure that the state is preparing and educating students to be successful, whether that is going straight into the workforce or attending an institution of higher education. Additionally, having a strong business community is essential for a robust local economy. This is why I supported the Franchise Tax cut so that businesses will have more flexibility and will assist in lowering unemployment by allowing businesses to hire additional employees.
I have served on the Public Health Committee since 2012. I have worked on numerous issues within the public health sector to ensure access to quality healthcare. One of my proudest moments in the Texas Legislature was passing legislation to create the first medical school in South Texas. UTRGV Medical School has already made important impacts and changes to our community. This is only the beginning of a bright future for our medical school and the healthcare options for our local community.
We must fully fund our public schools to ensure all Texas students have access to a quality education. We need to support our current teachers and help our retired teachers from the rising cost of healthcare. As a member of the Public Health committee, I will be working with my colleagues to achieve better healthcare outcomes in our state. We have a high maternal mortality rate in Texas, and we must do more to protect our moms and families in our state.