On January 25th, 1839, the Republic of Texas adopted the flag we know and love today: a red and white stripe with a single star set in a sea of blue. Many symbols were discussed to represent our beloved state, but I think that Lone Star meant something very special to those who created our state flag. Every state looks to Texas as the guiding star for different reasons. Our rich history of prudent fiscal policy, limited governance, personal responsibility, private property rights, and strong familyvalues are just a few of those reasons. Our Governor recently touted that Texas leads the nation in jobs, industry, energy and infrastructure. We are the best state to start a business, homeownership exceeds the national rate, and our state’s economy is the 9th largest in the world. As we celebrate the 182nd anniversary of our Texas flag, my prayer is we continue to serve as a shining star and beacon of opportunity for generations to come.