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State Representative District 83

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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  • Dustin Burrows
    (Rep)

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    Drew Landry
    (Dem)

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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 36
Education BS Social Studies Education MA Political Science
Website http://www.landryforwesttx.com
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Without question, the most pressing issue is public education. Texas, along with the rest of the country, faces a teacher shortage because of the lack of respect given to the profession. Retired teachers have a whole host of problems that include skyrocketing health care deductibles and premiums on a fixed income that has not seen a cost of living change in fifteen years and active teachers do not receive a reasonable raise. Knowing that, why would anyone want to be teacher?

Do not forget about the funding problem with education. The state's share has reduced under Dan Patrick's leadership, which consequently raised local property taxes. The connection between the two is clear and obvious and in order to successfully lower property taxes, the state needs to make public education a priority.
Please see the previous answer about public education funding.

In addition to that, ASATR needs to be resurrected. Too many schools are boom and bust on the price of oil and when oil prices are down, so goes school's funding. That is incredibly difficult for them.

Finding the money is pretty easy but takes courage. By not renewing the contact to produce STAAR, the state saves roughly $300 million. The legislature needs to end Gov. Abbott's $800 million immigration idea and put that into the classroom. Then finally, by closing the loophole in the Equity and Uniform Act, which would make corporations abide by the Texas Constitution and pay the corporate rate of property taxes, the state brings in roughly $6 billion. That is before even thinking tapping into the Rainy Day Fund. So the money exists but it will take courage to address it.
Yes, we have a problem with gun violence and it is the fact wrong people get guns. The Texas LTC classes help make responsible gun owners and that is what we truly need to end gun violence. Texas can lead on this issue. Universal background checks for all gun purchases would be helpful but getting a license to carry (LTC) and the rigorous training that it entails is exactly what can help the gun violence problem.
Texas has the worst access to health care and is among the lowest in health care insurance when compared to other states. We can do better for our citizens. My district is heavily rural and Medicaid expansion would have helped the rural hospitals. Those areas face a lot of financial burdens and are in dire need of assistance. Texas also needs to allow patients the ability to negotiate their prescription costs, encourage doctors to prescribe generic drugs, and stop having doctors run several tests on the same procedure. Let us not forget about allowing outside insurance companies the ability to compete with companies inside Texas. These ideas will bring down health care costs in our state and will make health care accessible and more those insured.
One is public education funding. Two is access to health care. The final one is our economy. We must fight to bring in more good paying jobs and recruit an educated workforce.
As a West Texan, the conversation that is omitted is how it helps add jobs to the area. Migrant workers do jobs in cotton, dairy, sorghum, and wheat fields that no one wants to do. They work incredibly hard for a better life and come into our state with the clothes on their back. Their contribution is benefiting the state and country and Congress must bring about comprehensive immigration reform.

Border security is meant to prevent those illegal from crossing across the border and it needs the federal government's support. Immigration and border security is a federal issue and they must address the issue very soon.
I was walking into the store with my granddad when I was a child and started complaining about how I did not get the new cassette tape of a band I cannot remember. He grew tired of my complaints and stopped me in the parking lot. He told me how lucky I was that I have food everyday; a roof over my head; clothes on my back; two arms and two legs; two eyes and two ears. He quickly reminded me how others are not so fortunate and I needed to stop complaining for not getting the new cassette tape.

That instance put a whole new perspective in my mind. I went from worrying about myself to having a concern for others. I miss my granddad very much but am forever grateful for his incredible wisdom. As usual, my granddad was right.