A few minutes ago, the 83rd Legislative Session convened and I had the honor of being sworn in as a member of the Texas House of Representatives representing House District 101. I am so humbled by the trust the voters have placed in me to represent our community in Austin.
A new legislature represents the opportunity for a new beginning. I am hopeful that this legislature will turn the page on the harmful decisions made here two years ago, because this is such a critical time for our state. Every second of the 140-day session will count as we fight for the priorities that are important to our community.
For too long, those in power have ignored the inadequacies of our health care system and have refused to provide the resources to properly educate our young Texans. For example, last session, billions were cut from our public schools and we still have the highest rate of uninsured in the nation.
As the new session convenes, we need to deal with the problems that are knocking loudly on our front door.
With yesterday’s news of solid state revenue projected growth, , it is time to address the dire state of our public education system, answer for the large number of Texans who remain uninsured and without access to affordable health care, and confront the congested roads and highways that go unrepaired and unfunded.
With all of these issues, we need to find solutions and deliver results. The good news is, I know that if legislators are willing to put aside partisanship and put Texas first, we can and will make a difference on these issues.
To kick off the legislative session – and to begin serving our brand new district – we have retooled and re-launched our website. Check out the “Virtual Office” [LINK TO PAGE] which provides a list of the services our office can provide, information about visiting the state Capitol building, and facts about District 101. We have also added a section called “There Ought to be a Law,” which allows Texans to submit ideas they think need to be addressed this session. Don’t forget to check back often for the latest news from our office and legislative updates.
We have a lot of work to do and little time to do it. With your continued help, support and advice, I know we can tackle the challenges facing our state head on.
I look forward to hearing from you about the issues that matter to you and your family, our community and our state. Thank you again for the honor of serving as your state representative.