Bachelors in Economics Baylor University (1998), Doctorate of Jurisprudence University of Houston (2001)
17 years as a defense attorney, currently of counsel with the national law firm of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edleman & Dicker, LLP.
Representing Texas House District 134 since 2011
Excellence in education—I have supported access high quality pre-K statewide, consistently vote to reduce testing, and also fight to improve outcomes in our schools. Advocating for women and children—I passed laws to protect victims of human trafficking and hunt down predators, expand access to cancer screenings, and promote maternal and fetal healthcare. I want to continue providing more resources to improve education, healthcare, and public safety.
The Rainy Day Fund was created to protect taxpayers and vulnerable populations who depend on state services from budget shortfalls. These occur when state revenues fall short of projections, or when unforeseen crises and natural disasters occur, such as Hurricane Harvey. In those cases, it is appropriate to use this fund for its intended purpose.
High quality education is critical to our state’s workforce development and economic future, and we owe our children an equal opportunity to develop a strong foundation of knowledge for their future success. We need to invest adequate resources in our schools by modernizing our school finance system and investing in technology, innovation, and a high level of support for teachers.
As the lead budget writer for healthcare, I prioritized historic new support for mental health and addiction treatment. That is why I am proud to be endorsed by every endorsing medical society, County Judge Ed Emmett and numerous other mayors and local leaders. These are not partisan issues, these are community issues, and we need to work collaboratively at every level of government to enact reasonable solutions.
MBA from Rice University
MSc in Nanoscale Physics from Leeds University in England
BSc in Engineering Physics from University of Colorado in Boulder
I co-founded Rebellion Photonics, Inc., an oil and gas safety startup. I do not take a single dollar for granted and I will show the same respect towards our community.
Long-time community volunteer with Child Advocates, Leukemia Society, and others. Co-founded Start Here Now, Texas' largest women startup entrepreneurship competition.
The state of public school funding is inexcusable, with too much of the burden falling on local residents and school districts. I want to increase the state’s share of funding so we can reduce the local burden, and reduce local property taxes.
While we need to give our community the tools to deal with disasters after the happen, we also need to try to prevent them in the first place. I want to invest in resilient infrastructure to prevent flooding and other disasters, which will save money.
Without a doubt, Hurricane Harvey is a natural disaster that affected our community greatly and justifies spending from the Rainy Day Fund. Many of our citizens continue to experience a "Rainy Day" a year after Harvey. For instance, HB1774, the Blue Tarp Bill, co-sponsored by my opponent, made it harder to recoup insurance claims after big storms like Hurricane Harvey. I want to repeal this bill immediately.
The state legislature needs to stop blaming local school districts & start taking responsibility for underfunding public schools for years. The systematic defunding of our schools as enrollment grows is a poor reflection of our values with horrible real-world consequences. Local taxpayers should not have to bear the burden of these bad choices. I will work to increase the state’s share of education funding.
Here in our County, jails continue to be the main resource for mental health and addiction treatment services. We should provide assistance to citizens who are experiencing these issues early before they enter the criminal justice system. We need to expand Medicaid so more Texans are able to receive the treatment as early as possible, from new moms experiencing postpartum depression to young adults with various addiction issues.