Working Hard for House District 101
Chris’s first priority is being responsive to the people of House District 101, which includes helping constituents resolve issues with state agencies, hosting informational seminars, and attending events throughout the community.
Since January 1, 2015, Chris has hosted 24 meetings and community outreach events, attended more than 200 events in and around HD 101, and attended over 120 meetings related to the district. In addition, Chris’s office has successfully handled over 340 constituent cases during that time.
Giving Constituents a Voice
In 2015, Chris formed the Texas 101 Task Force, made up of members of the Arlington and Grand Prairie communities. Working together, the 50+ members of the Task Force are addressing the critical issues impacting our area, including the need for healthy communities, reducing the accessibility of predatory lending, finding ways to improve our local economy and bring more well-paying jobs, and addressing the incredible need for a local public transit system.
Standing Up for Public Schools
Chris supports increasing public school funding and strongly opposes private school vouchers and other related schemes which would divert taxpayer money away from our neighborhood schools. He also believes that Texas should invest in our youngest students by expanding full-day pre-k and making it accessible to all Texas children. Chris supports efforts to protect the Teacher Retirement System and do more to help teachers with the cost of health care coverage.
Addressing Property Taxes
In Texas, about 53 percent of property taxes go toward funding neighborhood schools. Around 16 and 17 percent, respectively, go to cities and counties, with 13 percent to special purpose districts.
Although the state does not have a direct role in determining a homestead appraisal, there is an important step the Legislature should take to meaningfully address property taxes and the high cost to homeowners. Specifically, how we fund our public schools and increase the state’s investment in public education. During the last legislative session, I joint-authored a measure that would have required the state to increase their share of school funding to at least 50 percent. By doing this, the state contribution would have increased by an estimated $10-14 billion per year, reducing the reliance on local property tax dollars. Unfortunately, it did not pass into law and as a result, homeowners did not receive the relief they need and deserve.
More Jobs & Better Wages
Chris believes our state does best when every Texan can get ahead. That’s why he’s a strong supporter of increasing the minimum wage and supports legislation that would guarantee equal pay for equal work.
Making College More Accessible
Chris knows that investing in higher education is an investment in the future of Texas and that support for higher education benefits not only individuals, but the community and economy of the entire state of Texas. He supports efforts to keep college affordable and to limit student debt.
Expanding Healthcare Coverage
Chris supports expanding Medicaid and providing coverage to working adults. With nearly 20 percent lacking coverage, Texas remains last in the nation in the number and percentage of insured adults, which not only impacts those who cannot afford care, but well-being of our local and state economies as well.
Improving Mental Health
Chris believes that addressing mental health must be a top priority at the state level. As a member of the House Select Committee on Mental Health, he has worked with stakeholders at the state and local level to find ways to improve care and access.
Making Texas Safer
Chris has been a staunch ally of law enforcement and other first responders, passing bills to crack down on child pornography and giving law enforcement better tools to keep our communities safe.
Protecting Choice and Women’s Health
Chris is a champion of women’s healthcare who believes that a woman’s healthcare decisions should be made privately between her and her doctor. Chris will continue to fight against limiting access to quality healthcare.
Honoring our Veterans
Chris believes that it is our duty to give back to those who have bravely served our country in uniform. At the Capitol, Chris has been a leader on issues supporting veterans and their families.
Chris is leading the effort to hold our government officials to the highest of standards of ethics and transparency, as well as being good stewards of taxpayer dollars.
Chris believes Texas is strongest when every Texan has an equal opportunity to be a part of our state. That’s why he has been a leading voice in opposing discriminatory legislation such as the photo Voter ID law, unfair redistricting maps, efforts to repeal in-state tuition for Dreamers, attempts to limit the rights of the LGBTQ community, and laws that single out specific religious faiths.