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State Representative District 54

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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  • Kathy Richerson
    (Dem)

  • Robert Walden
    (L)

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Biographical Information

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.

Age 70
Education Graduated Killeen High School, attended university of Jacksonville in Florida for one semester and night school at San Jacinto
Campaign Phone (512) 825-0603
Website http://Richersonfortexas.com
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contact Kathy Richerson
Texas needs to accept the Medicaid expansion. This program returns federal dollars to the state to cover the medical needs of our most vulnerable population; the sick, the poor. the elderly, new mothers and babies. It is our own money. It would cover an additional 1,1 million Texans. Refusing to take it will cost taxpayers in Texas 100 billion dollars over 10 years. If enough democrats are elected there is no doubt this will be done. Our healthcare situation is so critical, I would work with other people who see the value of having a healthy population to insure we make this change.
The entire problem with school finance is a failure of leadership. The leadership in Austin does not believe in the value of public education. They have been stripping the funding for public education out of the state budget and promoting vouchers for private and charter schools. They have mandated that local tax districts make up the shortage. This raises local property taxes. They are playing a game where they claim they have cut taxes, and blaming increases on local tax districts. I want the state to put the funds back into the budget and fully fund teachers retirement and health insurance.
Yes, we need common sense laws starting with red flag laws which remove guns from people who are domestic abusers and mentally ill. We need registration. training. licensing and reporting. We need to outlaw bump stocks and large capacity ammunition clips. I plan to work with other members to pass meaningful legislation.
We are the richest country in the world with the worst healthcare. Every industrialized country has public healthcare except the US. I believe that when the new congress is seated in Washington, they will work toward Medicare for all.which will be cheaper than what we have now. They can also work on reigning in the pharmaceutical costs.
Water resources. Homelessness and affordable housing, Skilled job training;
I consider border security is a federal responsibility. The Congress needs to pass comprehensive immigration reform including passage of the DREAM Act, and sufficient green cards for farm workers. We need legislation to protect naturalized citizens from having their citizenship revoked and citizens with hispanic surnames from being harassed by federal overreach. We are a country of immigrants and we benefit from their contributions and hard work.
My father was in the military so we traveled back and forth across the country, but we spent every vacation here on the ranch working on fences and roads. I feel anchored to this place. I grew up looking forward to spending time with my grandparents and all of my aunts and uncles and cousins. I come from a big family. Great huggers. My parents loved each other and loved me before I was born. I have been truly blessed.
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