Governor Greg Abbott Endorses Paul Workman for HD 47

Texas Governor Greg Abbott endorsed Representative Paul Workman for re-election to House District 47 stating...“As a successful small businessman, he understands what it takes to create greater economic opportunity,” Abbott says. “Paul is a proven leader and an effective legislator who has worked with me to protect private property rights, cut taxes and secure our border. He is a principled conservative and someone the voters

CD21 Lamar Smith Retiring from Congress

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, is retiring from Congress, two sources close to the congressman told The Texas Tribune on Thursday. "For several reasons, this seems like a good time to pass on the privilege of representing the 21st District to someone else," he wrote in an email obtained by the

CD5 Rep & House Banking Chairman Jeb Hensarling Will Not Seek Re-election

Jeb Hensarling, U.S. Congressional District 5 Representative and chairman of the House Financial Services Committee announced today that he will not be seeking re-election in 2018 and will instead be retiring. Today I am announcing that I will not seek re-election to the US Congress in 2018. Although service in Congress remains the greatest privilege of my life, I never intended to make it a

Governor Abbott announces changes to senior staff

Governor Greg Abbott today announced changes to his senior staff as the transition to the interim and preparations for the 2019 legislative session begin to take place. The Governor’s long-time Chief of Staff, Daniel Hodge, will be transitioning to the private sector and will be replaced by Luis Saenz, who prior to his most recent position as the

House Speaker Joe Straus Issues Five Hurricane Harvey-related Interim Charges

AUSTIN – Texas House Speaker Joe Straus on Thursday asked three House committees to begin studying issues related to Hurricane Harvey and state preparations for future natural disasters. In total, Speaker Straus issued five interim charges, which are instructions the Speaker gives House committees to guide their work preparing for the next legislative session. He plans to r

John Sharp Appointed to Lead Hurricane Harvey Recovery

Faced with what is probably the biggest natural disaster in the state’s history, Gov. Greg Abbott turned Thursday to Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp, a savvy, no-nonsense politician with a track record of getting things done, to coordinate the rebuilding of communities devastated by Hurricane

Representative John Raney Announces Re-Election Bid (HD14)

Austin, TX - Today, State Representative John Raney (R- Bryan/College Station) officially announced he is running for re-election for State Representative, in House District 14 where he has served since 2011. “Representing my friends and neighbors in Bryan and College Station is truly an honor. I have worked hard to control spending, invest in priorities like border security, protect life, and

Angela Paxton running for SD8

I’m running for the Texas Senate and I am asking for your support. I don’t make this decision lightly. I believe with all my heart this district needs a committed conservative voice informed by local experience, deep community roots and a strong record of dedicated service. We need a leader who will continue our community’s exceptional history of

Alito Puts Texas Redistricting Case On Hold

In a one-sentence order issued this afternoon, Justice Samuel Alito blocked an order by a federal district court in Texas that had invalidated two congressional districts in that state. Officials in Texas had asked the district court to put its order on hold to give it time to appeal to the Supreme Court, but the lower court had declined to do so. Last week state officials went to the Supreme Court, where they found a more

State Rep. Landgraf Seeks Re-­election with Focus on Tax Relief

ODESSA, TEXAS -­-­-­ State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-­Odessa) announced Thursday that he will seek re-­election to continue serving his fellow West Texans in House District 81, which consists of Andrews, Ector, Ward and Winkler counties. Landgraf’s announcement comes after he completed months of successful work in the Texas House of Representatives to balance the state’s budget, without raising taxes, while passing landmark