13 December 2017

Growth in the Texas Economy

Christmas decorations are being hung, football playoffs are heating up, and we’re finally seeing some colder weather across East Texas. As we eagerly anticipate the arrival of this Christmas season, let’s pause to remember our fellow Americans who were viciously attacked at Pearl Harbor 76 years ago. We are forever indebted to the men and...
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15 November 2017

Honoring Our Heroes

Sergeant Wade Daniel Wilson Memorial Highway This Veteran’s Day, I had the honor of unveiling signs which will forever honor an American hero from our House district. During the most recent legislative session, I carried and passed a bill into law that would designate a 17-mile portion of Interstate 45 in Leon County as the Sergeant...
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06 November 2017

Today is Election Day

I encourage you to read through the list of propositions below and the brief descriptions of the arguments for and against each proposed change to the Texas Constitution. While some of the proposals may seem minor, this election will have a lasting impact on the lives of Texans.   Let your voice be heard in...
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01 November 2017

Speaker Issues Interim Charges

The big story around the state this past week was the announcement from Texas House Speaker Joe Straus that, after five sessions wielding the gavel, he will not return for the 86th Legislative Session. It’s a long time between now and January 2019, when the House will select the next Speaker, but this change of...
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17 October 2017

Rep. Ashby Named to Texas PTA Legislative Honor Roll

AUSTIN – Today, members of Texas PTA named Representative Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) to Texas PTA’s Legislative Honor Roll for his work during the 85th session of the Texas Legislature. Representative Ashby serves as the Chairman of the House Appropriations Education Subcommittee, that has the tough task of setting the education budget. “There were multiple issues...
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18 September 2017

Legislature Studies Harvey’s Fallout

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the Texas House recently released the first round of interim charges to address the devastation many Texas communities are facing. While the state has taken a number of actions to help provide immediate assistance, the Legislature will most certainly have a substantial role to play in the recovery efforts....
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04 September 2017

Hurricane Harvey Response

Under normal circumstances, the month of September brings routine and predictability back into our lives. As we return home from family vacations, summer camps, and conferences, we welcome back a new school year, cooler temperatures, and annual fall festivities. This year, however, we find ourselves to be under anything but normal circumstances, as just a...
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