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Texas House, District 78

Two year term. A member of the house must be a citizen of the United States, must be a qualified elector of the state, and must be at least 21 years old. He or she must have been a resident of the state for two years immediately preceding election, and for one year immediately preceding election must have been a resident of the district from which he or she was chosen.

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    Joe Moody

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Identify what you think are the three most important issues directly affecting the people in your district and explain how you will address these issues, if elected?

Is the current tax policy sufficient to finance state government needs such as public education, public safety, health care and bridge and road maintenance? If not, what measures would you support to pay for these services?

What measures, if any, should the state government take to stimulate job growth?

What other issues do you consider important, why and what would you do to improve them?

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Campaign Phone (915) 494-6762
Twitter @moodyforelpaso
Education/Degrees Doctor of Jurisprudence, Texas Tech University School of Law | Bachelor of Arts in History, New Mexico State University
Professional Experience Partner, Moody & Sahualla | Shareholder, The Law Offices of Neill & Moody | Assistant District Attorney, El Paso County District Attorney's Office
Community Involvement Chairman, El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization | Board of Directors, Texas Tech University School of Law Alumni Association | Dean's Advisory Board, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine | Member, Texas Indigent Defense Commission
Schools are at the top of the priority list. Every session, I’ve fought to increase funding, decrease high-stakes testing, and improve the resources available to teachers, students, and parents, especially in special education. It’s a fight I plan to continue.

Our many veteran families face unique challenges in civilian life. Whether it’s better access to care, greater educational and business opportunities, or relief from certain taxes and tolls, we’ve got to come through for them. I’ll keep working to expand benefits and reduce red tape for our warriors.

Finally, our community is among the safest in America. I’ve worked tirelessly to improve our criminal laws, close loopholes, and give those who protect us the tools they need. We’ve benefited from an open law enforcement-community relationship, one that’s been damaged by laws like the “papers, please” SB 4 this past session. My focus will remain on keeping us safe and building bridges—not walls—between the police and the people.
Texas tax policy is spending policy. For years, state budgets have cut essentials and passed the burden to local governments (hence our property tax crisis) as we build up a Rainy Day Fund we refuse to touch. Petty politics has led to refusing federal healthcare dollars and ignoring infrastructure needs. We can take care of what’s vital and provide property tax relief, too
Unemployment is at historic lows, and Texas is already attractive to businesses. We just have to stay out of the way. When I served on the Economic Competitiveness committee, job creators told us that efforts like the “bathroom bill” are bad for business and securing our state’s future through funding public education is essential.
My passion has always been criminal justice reform. As chairman of the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, I’ve played a key role in bills like the Sandra Bland Act, the Tim Cole Exoneration Review Commission's recommendations, and several laws designed to take money out of the justice equation. I’ve also prioritized improvements to our laws on sexual assault, domestic violence, and animal cruelty, and I’ve spearheaded the push to turn simple marijuana possession into a civil penalty rather than a crime. I’m eager to continue what I’ve begun.

Closely related to those reforms are improvements in Texas’s mental health and addiction responses. I’ve served as vice chairman of two committees dedicated to those topics, which showed me that while big successes like the omnibus mental healthcare overhaul (HB 10) this session should be celebrated, there’s still a lot left to do. I'm committed to improving the lives of people across Texas by making sure they get the services they need.