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State Representative District 43

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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    J.M. Lozano
    (Rep)

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    Dee Ann Torres Miller
    (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?

I grew up in this district and am a proud graduate from Premont High School. During my service in the Texas House, I’ve supported more education funding and opportunities for economic growth. I am Chairman of the Higher Education Committee, allowing me to advocate for our local colleges, universities and trade schools.
The current system doesn’t work for areas like ours. The financing formulas do not adequately distribute funds back to our local areas because we have a unique mix of big industry, middle class neighborhoods and farm and ranchland. I was proud to vote for an additional $1.6 billion dollars in public school funding. My kids go to public school and my wife is a is a former public school teacher, so this issue is top priority for me.
Texas ranks as one of the best places for business and the economy because we recognize the importance of keeping taxes low and regulations reasonable. In other words, letting you keep more of your hard-earned money. As your state representative, I also promote educational opportunities at trade schools, community colleges and universities because that empowers you and your family. We have a growing economy that needs high skilled workers to fill jobs. I want every Texan to fulfill their dreams.
One of the biggest issues is access to mental healthcare. Last Session, we voted to add millions more to local community health centers to address this need. In other areas, like women’s healthcare, where I authored an amendment to add more funding, or pediatric care, where I supported funding for special needs children, we ought to assist medical providers to operate in rural areas, so more people can have access to those services.
Texans deserve property tax reform so they can afford to stay in their homes. And since property tax is tied up with school finance, we really should address how to keep our taxes low, and more school funding at the local level, rather than being distributed all over the state. Secondly, I will continue to work on TWIA and fight rate increases. We really need more affordable coverage and from more providers.
As an attorney I have dedicated my professional life to advocating for those who cannot be a voice for themselves while also honing my mediation skills. In Austin I will use my experience from the court room to tirelessly and tenaciously fight for my community, still willing to work across the aisle in order to ensure prosperity for all Texans.
As a daughter of a public school educator, I know the true value of a public education and why we need to fully fund our public schools. This includes opposing charter school vouchers. Before we allocate tax dollars towards these private institutions, we need to ensure that each and every public school has the funding it needs to provide a quality, well-rounded education for each student.
One of the most prominent issues my neighbors and community members face is their rising property taxes. One way to alleviate this burden is with school finance reform. If the state were to fund our schools at the rate they were when I was in grade school, we would lift the burden to fill the budget gaps from individual municipalities, leaving more money in the pockets of property owners and children provided with a quality education.
If we want to remain competitive economically, we need to ensure that we have a healthy workforce. One step to do so is to take the Medicaid expansion. The State of Texas has an uninsured rate 1.75 times the national average. The past several years, House District 43 has seen a significant decrease in the rate of families and individuals that have healthcare insurance. If we take the Medicaid expansion we will be able to provide more Texans healthcare options and coverage.
One of the most pressing issues of the next session will be redistricting. I believe that we need an independent, non-partisan commission to redraw our districts to ensure that all Texans voices are adequately represented in both Austin and Washington, regardless of skin color or socioeconomic factors. I also hope to see hurricane relief legislation at the forefront of conversation. As a South Texan, I see firsthand that our current representatives have failed to provide adequate relief.