I want you to be one of the first to know — I am running for re-election to continue serving the people of House District 101.
It’s an incredible honor to represent our community in the Texas House of Representatives and one I will never take for granted. During my time in office, working together with the people of District 101, we have been able to accomplish a great deal.
As the three-term chair of the House Democratic Caucus, I’ve played a pivotal role in leading the fight against Trump-style politics, while championing the issues that impact the daily lives of everyday Texans, like expanding access to affordable health care coverage, increasing funding for our schools, providing pay raises for our teachers and protecting the freedom to vote.
Defending our democratic process and access to the ballot box is why I led House Democrats to break quorum for 38 days this summer, stalling the harmful anti-voter legislation and compelling Congress to act. Just last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee took up the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, a critical step towards achieving federal voting protections.
Although leading the House Democratic Caucus has been an important part of my time in office, my main focus always has been and always will be serving the people of House District 101.
Whether it’s helping constituents navigate state agencies, helping people obtain unemployment benefits, or working to turn our neighbors’ lights and gas back on during the winter storm, my number one priority will always be serving the people who have chosen me to represent them. Through public events, town hall meetings, outreach and responding quickly when constituents call, constituent service is always my top priority.
As a result of my experience and seniority in the Texas Legislature, I have been able to advance several key priorities for our community, including:
- Funding for new sidewalks along Pioneer Parkway in East Arlington, to improve pedestrian safety in this neighborhood. This work is currently underway.
- A $750,000 grant for Arlington’s East Library and Recreation Center to provide internet access and computer rentals for members of the community.
- A $2 million grant for improvements and upgrades to Grand Prairie’s Tyre Park, located in the Dalworth community.
- Completion of SH 360 and the designation of the HD 101 portion as the Rosa Parks Memorial Parkway.
I’ve worked hard to be a strong voice for our school districts and our local institutions of higher education. In 2019, I brokered the deal to end the stalemate on Texas’ major school finance legislation by crafting a statewide teacher pay raise plan that was ultimately supported by both the House and Senate. In 2021, I authored and passed an amendment to make sure that pay raise stayed in place.
In higher education, I’ve worked closely with Tarrant County College – Southeast Campus, located in HD 101, and have also been one UT Arlington’s biggest advocates, helping them obtain critical support, funding and on-campus infrastructure necessary to attain Texas Tier One status, a milestone which they achieved this summer. When the new redistricting maps take effect, UT Arlington will also be in District 101.
As you can see from the map, HD 101 will remain a district anchored in Arlington and Grand Prairie, with a portion of eastern Mansfield added.
During my time in office, serving both Districts 101 and 96, I have represented the vast majority of the new district.
I look forward to the opportunity to continue to work on behalf of our community here at home and in the Capitol.
It is a privilege to serve.
P.S. To kick off our 2022 campaign, we will be holding our Fall event at Legal Draft in downtown Arlington on Tuesday, November 16th. Lisa and I hope to see you there! Mark your calendar and be on the lookout for more details.