It’s hard to believe that the first month of 2019 is almost over! The first few weeks have kept me busy gearing up for an exciting session. As always, you may contact my office with your views via phone (512-463-0661) or mail (P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768). Here is what we have been up to recently in Austin.
Prioritizing Our School Districts
Last week, our office met with a delegation from Tomball ISD. They shared legislative priorities they believe would help make Tomball schools an even better place to teach and to learn. The delegation advocated for increasing local control and funding for our schools. We look forward to working on behalf of our community to help achieve these priorities. Our office also met with a representative from Cy-Fair ISD to discuss the best ways to care for our teachers, even after they retire.
It was great to hear from people in the district about the issues that concern our community. I look forward to further communicating with members of District 130 as session continues to ensure that our district’s schools have everything they need to succeed.
The Tomball ISD delegation in our office last week.
Honoring Victims of Communism
I filed House Resolution 24, legislation that will designate November 7, 2019 as Victims of Communism Memorial Day and create a recurring, nationally-recognized holiday. The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is an educational and human rights nonprofit organization authorized by a unanimous Congressional Act in December of 1993. The Foundation is dedicated to educating new generations about communism and ensuring that those who suffered under communist regimes are never forgotten. House Resolution 24 aims to honor the victims of communist regimes and promote the education of new generations about the atrocities committed by these regimes.
Committee Assignments Released
Last Wednesday, January 23rd, Speaker Bonnen appointed me the Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Insurance and appointed me to serve on the Committees on Natural Resources and on Calendars. I am humbled by the trust and confidence Speaker Bonnen has placed in me with these appointments. I look forward to using these positions to advocate for better flood control and more affordable health insurance on behalf of District 130. I am hoping to make this session even better than the last one.
Thank You for the Prayers
Lastly, thank you to all who sent well wishes and prayers for my family. For those who do not know, my father had a heart attack while in Birmingham, Alabama last week. He is recovering well and is back home in Houston. I thank God for His Grace in healing and bringing my family the support we needed.