Rio Grande Valley's Impact On The State

We had another eventful week at the Texas State Capitol. On Tuesday, January 20th, the Texas House and Senate convened for a joint session on the south steps of the Capitol for the swearing in ceremonies of Governor Gregg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. I would like to congratulate Governor Abbott and Lt. Governor Patrick on their inauguration and wish them the best of luck in their new offices.

On Wednesday the Texas Senate voted to break from the tradition of requiring 21 of the 31 senators' approval to bring legislation to the floor for debate. Now the approval of only 19 senators will be required, allowing Senate Republicans to consider a bill without a single vote from the chamber's 11 Democrats. It will be an interesting session as the House navigates working with the Senate, and their new policy, to pass legislation.

I was honored to speak on the "Future of Texas" panel hosted by the LBJ Library's Future Forum Wednesday night. Joined by fellow Representatives, Donna Howard (D-Austin), Matt Krause (R-Ft. Worth), and Sarah Davis (R-Houston), we had a lively conversation on the important issues facing the legislature this session.

Myself along with a few dozen of my colleagues wrapped up the week by heading down to the Rio Grande Valley for the 21st Legislative Tour. Governor Gregg Abbott joined our delegation Thursday evening and announced a $2.9 million grant to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Medical School. We toured the Paramount Citrus produce facility in Mission as well as a Border Patrol Station and heard from many area business leaders. The trip demonstrated the importance of the Rio Grande Valley's impact on the state and was a great opportunity to talk with fellow Reps. as we delve into the 84th legislative session.

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