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State Representative, District 34

State RepresentativeA member of the Texas House of Representatives is elected for a two-year term. To be elected as a member of the house, the candidate 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.The house of representatives elects one of its own members as presiding officer--the speaker of the house. The house creates and enforces its own rules and judges the qualifications of its members.The house of representatives, together with the state senate, constitute the Texas Legislature. The duties of the legislature include consideration of proposed laws and resolutions, consideration of proposed constitutional amendments for submission to the voters, and appropriation of all funds for the operation of state government. All bills for raising revenue considered by the legislature must originate in the house of representatives. The house alone can bring impeachment charges against a statewide officer, which charges must be tried by the senate.State legislators in Texas make $600 per month, or $7,200 per year, plus a per diem of $190 for every day the Legislature is in session (also including any special sessions). That adds up to $33,800 a year for a regular session (140 days), with the total pay for a two-year term being $41,000.

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    Chris Hale
    (Rep)

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    Abel Herrero
    (Dem)

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Biographical Information

Describe your credentials and life experiences that qualify you to hold this office.

How will you work across the aisle to address vital issues, such as healthcare, immigration, and gun safety, for the betterment of District 34 and all Americans?

The federal budget should plan, in advance, for funding disaster relief for catastrophic events, such as hurricanes and flooding.

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

A non-partisan redistricting commission should be created to deter gerrymandering.

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Adult citizen living within my district who cares about people and customer service, being married 30-years and having successfully raised 5- wonderful children, in the admonition of the Lord. Served in the US ARMY. A licensed professional Civil Engineer in the state of Texas managing and designing better roadways and infrastructure benefiting the traveling public in getting to their destination, safely. Major Project Engineer with City of Corpus Christi over 3-years (Prior). Civil Section Manager with Govind Development (Current). Good ethics and understanding of fiscal, pro-growth economics
Healthcare should be competitive, affordable and available to all working Texas citizens. Immigration is essential for our state and country, and legal immigration should be applauded. Texas gun owners, like me, should always practice to handle firearms in a safe manner, and within the law. It is our second amendment right to keep and to bear arms, as the citizens have done so since the formation of our Government.
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$306-Billion was spent on natural disasters last year, the costliest year on record. Federally, and only as a last resort, I would advocate for partial emergency advocacy for natural disasters, but should not make it a requirement in the number-one state for doing business, the great state of Texas, where we are more self-sufficient and lead by example.
Regarding public school financing, education is a priority…but the child should always come first… and the failing schools cannot continue in the direction they are headed where the students are taking heavy casualties, representing the future here in Texas. I would advocate for relief stemming from other resources and options, such as partnering with high-performing charter schools which have been shown to turn around the children’s lives, including one of my own…who is now pursuing a post-secondary education at Del Mar. Taking care of teachers with incentives for higher pay is also very rea
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Manipulating the boundaries so as to favor one party in establishing a political advantage or protecting an incumbent is only harmful at best…unfair and un-American. This violates the Voting Rights Act of 1965, where discriminatory voting practices were outlawed. A commission may be warranted when looked into, to determine if necessary for the state of Texas.
Having been raised by a single parent, and now helping raise our five children, I understand the sacrifices families make every day. With my legislative experience, seniority, and as Chairman of the House Committee on Land and Resource Management, I am in a strong position to continue to help working families and businesses in the Coastal Bend.
For the past three sessions, in a Republican majority legislature, I was appointed by a Republican speaker to chair a House committee. By utilizing the relationships and experiences I have built, I will continue to work with others to support sound public policy. Most issues are not Democrat or Republican issues, they are Texas issues. Only by working together, can we ensure that our communities continue to move forward.
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All levels of government should plan and have resources available to respond and recover from any catastrophic event. After Hurricane Harvey, the House Committee on Land and Resource Management held hearings focused on developing and improving best practices to prepare, respond, and recover from a storm. I will continue to work with fellow lawmakers to carefully consider budget initiatives that will help ensure communities affected by Hurricane Harvey—and future storms—receive the necessary funding to recover.
Texas needs to contribute its fair share of money to help our public schools—more state funding in the classroom will help provide our students with safer schools, better student teacher ratios, and increase teacher pay and benefits. By increasing state funding and opposing any diversion of public funds from our neighborhood schools, we can truly give local property taxpayers the tax relief they so desperately need. We must invest in a future that empowers our children to exceed expectations.
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However, we must make certain that the appointing authority for the commission is also non-partisan. Nonetheless, we need a fair system in place to draw maps where all voters receive an equal voice in our government. Previous court rulings have found that Coastal Bend residents have not had an equal say in who represents them. I support any initiative that will allow for a more fair voting system for all Texans.