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With the Legislative Session in the rearview mirror, I'll be returning to a bi-weekly column schedule to provide periodic updates on what's happening around the state and in the district. Though the heavy legislative lifting behind us, it's never too early to start preparing for the 87th Legislative Session, which will not begin until January of 2021. With that in mind, I want to encourage you to continue contacting my office with your thoughts on ways that we can work to address issues that matter to you in the future. more
Public officials have to keep their snark on a leash — to an extent that would make many of us squirm. more
Historically, cell phone networks were built-out in urban areas and along significant highways. more
When longtime U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy died in 2009, an irreverent Texas political consultant predicted the people who raise money for the two major political parties would miss the famous Massachusetts Democrat. Democrats loved him and touted him as a champion in their appeals, while Republicans hated him and touted him as a formidable opponent in theirs, the consultant said. “There goes the first paragraph of everyone’s fundraising letter.” more
By the time you read this column, the Texas House will have adjourned Sine Die (meaning without assigning a day for a further meeting), closing the curtain on the 86th Legislative Session. While in previous sessions, legislators returned home with the looming possibility of a special session, Governor Abbott has indicated that given the productive nature of this session, no special session will be called. It has truly been an honor to serve as your Representative this session, and I look forward to spending more time in the district giving updates on the progress we've made, and also having conversations about issues that need to be addressed during the 87th Legislative Session. Until then, please know that both our Capitol and district offices will still be available to assist you with any issues or concerns you might have at the state or local level. more
The Golden State Warriors held onto their NBA title for at least another game on Monday with a 106-105 victory over the Raptors in Toronto. more
I have supported the east-west corridor project on US 190 since 1998. TxDOT has done a very good job in providing us with the environmental assessment and an opportunity to comment on it. more
By the time you read this column, the Texas House will have adjourned Sine Die (meaning without assigning a day for a further meeting), closing the curtain on the 86th Legislative Session. While in previous sessions, legislators returned home with the looming possibility of a special session, Governor Abbott has indicated that given the productive nature of this session, no special session will be called. more
This is a sad day in the history of governance in Texas.Saturday night, in less than an hour's time,  both houses of the Texas Legislature overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the property … more
As students from around the state wrap up the school year, I especially want to congratulate all of the graduating high school seniors in House District 57 for their hard work and dedication throughout their educational career. Whether these students continue their education at the college level or choose to start a new journey in our state's thriving workforce, I wish all of our recent graduates the very best as they embark on this exciting new chapter in their lives. more
Twenty-two years. That’s how long the promise or threat (whichever side of the centerline you stand on) has been hanging over this little rural community. Since 1997, we have lived with the uncertainty of the future of the SH 21 widening project – which property would be impacted, whether or not the project would ever see the light of day, whether we can sell our property or build on it knowing it could well be in a future right-of-way taking --- dividing our community and perhaps sounding the death knell for North Zulch. more
Woop Heeee! Raney Lane makes us all proud! The city, county and school district worked together to get the job done. Many thanks. more
As the final week of the 86th Legislative Session approaches, I want to take a moment to thank everyone who has contacted our office over the last several months. Whether you have called my capitol or district office, sent an email or letter, or even taken the time to come to Austin for a visit, I want you to know how much I value and appreciate your input. Without your feedback, I would not be able to represent my district in a way that represents our common values. It is the honor of a lifetime, and one that I do not take lightly, to represent such a great community of people and I'm humbled to have been blessed with such an incredible opportunity to serve as your Representative. more
This past week was Teacher Appreciation Week, and I would be remiss if I didn't start this column by expressing my sincere gratitude for the dedicated service our teachers provide to our students. While every week should be teacher week, I hope you will take time in the coming days to hug the neck of a teacher who has made a positive impact on you or a member of your family. God bless our teachers for their selfless devotion to our students and our state. more
As heavy showers and severe weather continue to stir around the East Texas area, I want to encourage you and your family to take the proper precautions to ensure your safety. If you haven't already, have a discussion about where to seek shelter in the event of a tornado, and make sure you have plenty of supplies like bottled water and batteries should your water or electricity be affected by inclement weather. Simple precautionary steps such as these can make a real difference in the midst and aftermath of severe weather. more
I would like to comment about the people of Madisonville and the surrounding communities. My name is Burke Landry. My wife is Lena Lou. We have resided at 207 N. Madison for 20-plus years. My wife and I are both 90-plus years old. more
After several weeks of thunderstorms, tornados, and severe weather across East Texas, my heart goes out to the individuals and families who are mourning the loss of a loved one, or whose property was damaged by the storms. As we rebuild and recover, my family and I will continue to keep our fellow East Texans in our thoughts and prayers, and I would encourage you and yours to do the same. For anyone needing assistance, please don't hesitate to call either my Austin office at (512) 463-0508, or my district office in Lufkin at (936) 634-2762. more
I am relatively sure that before Buc-ee’s was given a permit to build their location in Madisonville, that the Texas highway department had a look at the plans as they related to traffic flow into and out of the parking lot onto highway 21 and the I-45 access road. Why then do local authorities feel it necessary to block entrances to this legal business with barricades? Any traffic problems should be dealt with based on traffic laws, not the shutting down of LEGAL entrances or exits. more
Extreme political views have come to be the platform of the Democratic Party’s presidential candidates, and it is not pretty. Viewers of the April 22 CNN town halls with Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg saw extremism on display. Sanders actually proposed the idea of restoring voting rights for incarcerated mass murderers, rapists and other felons. more
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