On Tuesday, January 10th, my team and I hosted a number of guests from Senate District 2 in a reception we held to celebrate the opening day of the 85th Texas Legislative Session. I also took the oath to “preserve, protect, and defend” the Constitution of Texas and the Constitution of the United States. (Article 16, Texas Constitution)
Until May 29, 2017, we will be working with my fellow legislators to pass a conservative budget and meaningful reform for all Texans. As we review legislation, my staff and I have a guiding set of principle:
1. Is it Constitutional?
2. Does it support a core function of government?
3. Does it increase, personal liberty, free enterprise, personal responsibility, or property rights?
4. Will it decrease; spending, taxes/fees, government control, regulations, or federal overreach?
5. Is it right for moral people?
Last week, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick also has assigned senators to their respective committees. I am happy to report that I have been named Vice Chairman of Transportation. I was also appointed to serve on Education, Agriculture, Water, & Rural Affairs, and Veterans Affairs & Border Security.According to the legislative priorities set by Senate leadership, these four committees will make pivotal decisions on important issues ranging from school choice, to toll roads, to securing the Texas-Mexico border, and provides us an opportunity to have a meaningful impact on important legislative matters this session.Broken up in the next coming weeks, our office will release a four part Capitol Hall Report on our 85th Legislative Session legislative priorities packet. These reports assist people with a better understanding of the bills that I have authored.We look forward to the work laid before us and we will keep you posted on legislative items and events as we move through the 85th Legislative Session. Please feel free to contact our office, at 512.463.0102, with any concerns you have about upcoming legislation.
Page for a Day:
The Texas Senate offers an opportunity for young people to experience life in the Texas Legislature in the “Page-for-a-Day Program” and we would like to invite the people of Senate District 2 to participate. Candidates will take on the tasks of Senate Messengers for a three-hour slot, delivering messages between offices, and assisting Senate staff. Candidates must be between the age of 6 and 18. Contact our office at 512-463-0102 to find out more information and to apply.
Introducing Senate District 2 Team:
Please allow me to take a moment and introduce your Senate District 2 team shown below.