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.
If elected, I will be entering my third legislative session and fourth term as State Representative. In previous Sessions I have focused on issues of importance to my community, which I believe every member of the Legislature should do. I have a proven record of successfully advocating on behalf of my constituents.
The House tried multiple times last Session to address school finance, unfortunately to no avail. We need to address the inequity of Robin Hood payments where we are robbing Peter to pay Paul. We also have to address sky rocketing property tax bills, largely driven by school taxes. The best way to do this is address the state's share of education funding. We can lower property taxes while more equitably funding our schools.
The most visible tax we pay as Texans is the property tax. You get a bill every year telling you exactly how much you owe. I filed legislation to address property taxes though appraisal reform, supporting revenue caps, and giving citizens a greater voice in selecting their local taxing officials.
As a state, the most effective thing we can do is ensure that our insurance market is strong and competitive and increase the opportunities for medical professionals to practice within the state to address the shortage of rural healthcare coverage.
In light of the recent school shootings, school safety will be one of my top priorities. This is a complex and nuanced issue that will require efforts on multiple front. We have to make buildings more secure and increase law enforcement presence. At the same time, on the front end, we need to address mental health and intervention to hopefully prevent these incidents from ever occurring in the first place.
I served in the Vietnam War with the US Marine Corps then returned to the States to serve in HMX-1, the President’s Helicopter Squadron. After my service, I earned my Bachelors Degree with a double major in Political Science and Criminal Justice Administration from Indiana University. I then began my 40 year career in public education.
Texas public schools educate one out of every eleven students in this nation. Our student population is increasing at 80,000 students a year. Yet our Texas Legislature has cut public education funding each of the last 10 years. Local property tax increases and bond issues then must make up the difference. The legislature then spends the money that should be going to education on other unrelated items. It’s time for the state legislature to get its head out of the bathroom and into the classroom!
Small business in the form of sole proprietorships employ the largest segment of our state workers. Providing regulatory assistance and a skilled and educated work force will assist our local businesses, as well as continued exemption from the franchise tax. Locally in Montgomery County, infrastructure improvements are needed in the areas of water and sewage and more and better access roads along FM routes and roads leading to and from new housing developments, allowing small businesses to grow.
The state needs to accept federal assistance to increase Medicaid to cover children and disabled adults. To turn down federal funding for Medicaid for purely political reasons is unconscionable. We need universal healthcare. The state can certainly assist the federal government in coming to an arrangement that is financially feasible to provide affordable healthcare to all Texans.
Flooding has not been addressed since Hurricane Harvey caused so much damage locally. “Studying” the problem for two years is not a satisfactory solution. Action to prevent the recurrence of such devastation requires the immediate attention of the legislature. Also, as the fastest growing county in the nation, Montgomery County needs planning and funding for new and expanded roads, water and sewage systems, schools, and police and fire protection. The State Legislature can provide funding help.