Medicaid Expansion

On Monday, advocates from across the state, including many from North Texas, rallied on the Capitol steps in support of Medicaid expansion. On Tuesday, in the House Committee on Insurance, I presented State Representative Garnet Coleman's 

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Let’s Put Texas Kids First!

Last Thursday, I joined several of my Democratic House colleagues as we unveiled the Texas House Democratic Caucus’ Texas Kids First Plan, which would set aside $14.5 billion to address many of the critical needs facing our public education system. The nuts-and-bolts of the plan: Put more money into our classrooms by raising per-student funding Give teachers and support staff a much-needed raise, while also helping them with health care pre

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State of the State

Yesterday, Governor Greg Abbott delivered his "State of the State" speech, highlighting his priorities for the remainder of this legislative session. As predicted, he spent time talking about the need for public school finance reform, naming this and teacher pay as emergency items. I agree with him that both need to be addressed immediately and I look forward to learning more about his proposals, because as we all know, the devil is in the details. We need a real fix that puts more money into our classrooms and gives teachers the tools they need to succeed. As expected, the governor n

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Leadership

Last week, members of the Texas House of Representatives, including 17 new Democrats, took the oath of office. We also officially welcomed two new Democratic state senators from North Texas, including my good friend, Beverly Powell. It was a good day. In addition to the many new faces, we elected a new Speaker of the House, Dennis Bonnen from Angleton. I have witnessed Speaker Bonnen in action both on the House floor and as a member of the House Ways & Means Committee, which he chaired. He has a no-nonsense style of leadership and deep respect for the institution

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Tuesday

On Tuesday, January 8th, the 86TH Legislature begins and I will take the oath of office to continue representing the people of House District 101. It's an incredible honor to continue serving a community that means so much to Lisa and me. Our 140-day legislative session provides a short window of time to tackle the critical issues impacting our state with the goal of finding real solutions for all Texans. To me, this means adding more funding for our local public schools, increasing access to affordable healthcare coverage, improvin

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