News from the Capitol

Welcome to the 88th Texas Legislature!

  • Monday, November 14, 2022 - First day legislators and legislators-elect may file bills for the 88th Legislature.
  • Tuesday, January 10, 2023 (1st day) 88th Legislature convenes at noon.
  • Friday, March 10, 2023 (60th day) 60-day deadline for bill filing.
  • Monday, May 29, 2023 (140th day) – Adjournment/Sine Die.
  • Sunday, June 18, 2023: Post-session 20-day deadline for Governor to sign or veto.

Texas Senate

19 Republicans (R)

12 Democrats (D)

5 Freshmen (F)

* = Returning Member

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick* (R)

SD 1 Bryan Hughes* (R)

SD 2 Bob Hall* (R)

SD 3 Robert Nichols* (R)

SD 4 Brandon Creighton* (R)

SD 5 Charles Schwertner* (R)

SD 6 Carol Alvarado* (D)

SD 7 Paul Bettencourt* (R)

SD 8 Angela Paxton* (R)

SD 9 Kelly Hancock* (R)

SD 10 Phil King (R) (F)

SD 11 Mayes Middleton (R) (F)

SD 12 Tan Parker (R) (F)

SD 13 Borris Miles* (D)

SD 14 Sarah Eckhardt* (D)

SD 15 John Whitmire* (D)

SD 16 Nathan Johnson* (D)

SD 17 Joan Huffman* (R)

SD 18 Lois Kolkhorst* (R)

SD 19 Roland Gutierrez* (D)

SD 20 Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa* (D)

SD 21 Judith Zaffirini* (D)

SD 22 Brian Birdwell* (R)

SD 23 Royce West* (D)

SD 24 Pete Flores (R)

SD 25 Donna Campbell* (R)

SD 26 José Menéndez* (D)

SD 27 Morgan LaMantia (D) (F)

SD 28 Charles Perry* (R)

SD 29 Cesar Blanco* (D)

SD 30 Drew Springer* (R)

SD 31 Kevin Sparks (R) (F)

New Texas Senate Members:

Texas Senate District 10 – Phil King (R-Weatherford)

Campaign Bio:

As State Representative for the 61st District, Phil King represents the people of Parker and Wise counties in the Texas Legislature. He has earned a reputation as a principle-driven conservative who consistently provides key leadership in passing some of Texas’ most sweeping public policy legislation.

King currently serves on the State Affairs and the Higher Education committees.

King serves on the National Board of Directors for the American Legislative Exchange Council and was the 2015 National Chair. King also serves as Vice-Chairman on the Board of Directors of the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute.

Phil was a police officer for 15 years with Fort Worth Police Department and continues to serve in the Texas State Guard. He is a practicing attorney and small business owner. Representative King and his family have been active members of Trinity Bible Church since 1984. Phil and his wife Terry are the proud parents of six children, ten granddaughters and seven grandsons.

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Texas Senate District 11 – Mayes Middleton (R-Wallisville)

Campaign Bio:

Mayes Middleton and his wife, Macy, have four children. Mayes is President of Middleton Oil Company, an independent oil and gas company, and also runs ranching, cattle, and farming operations. He and his wife support numerous local community organizations and faith-based charities. Mayes was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2018 to represent House District 23, encompassing Chambers County and part of Galveston County. Representative Middleton serves on the House Committees on Insurance, Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence, and Local & Consent Calendars.

Mayes has consistently ranked as one of the top 10 most conservative members of the Texas House in his two sessions in the Legislature and is also Chairman of the Texas House Freedom Caucus.

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Texas Senate District 12 – Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound)

Campaign Bio:

State Representative Tan Parker represents House District 63, which includes the southwest portion of Denton County. Being elected to serve the people of Denton County and fight for the betterment of Texas is something Tan commonly refers to as the highest honor of his professional life.

During the 86th Legislative Session, Tan was appointed to serve on the State Affairs, Business and Industry, and House Administration Committees. During previous legislative sessions, Tan chaired the House Committee on Investments and Financial Services as well as Corrections. His other recent committee work has included International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs and Redistricting.

Tan served as the Chairman of the House Republican Caucus for the 2015 84th Legislative Session as well as the 2017 85th Legislative Session after being unanimously elected by his House colleagues. During his tenure, he led the Republican majority by providing research, education, policy development, floor management, and other critical support to the Caucus members and their staff.

Since being elected to serve the people of Denton County, Tan has earned the trust of his constituency to accomplish many legislative improvements that make your government more accessible and responsive while also bringing common-sense solutions to address concerns facing our state. Just a few of these include:

• Improving the efficiency of local government operations to save tax dollars

• Fighting to establish greater protections for the unborn, provide alternatives to abortion, and increase the availability of medical and protections services for our most vulnerable Texans

• Enacting protections to stop financial abuse of senior citizens and vulnerable adults

• Moving more children out of foster care and into permanent homes

• Further protecting Texans from human trafficking, enacting safeguards for victims and increasing criminal penalties for traffickers

• Removing local prohibitions on faith based organizations from providing overnight housing for homeless teens and also ensuring school districts provide online resource information to assist these youths

• Establishing training to better educate parents, students, and teachers as to the signs of and how to prevent child abuse. This initiative, known as "Jenna's Law", was recently introduced by United States Senator John Cornyn as the first legislation of its kind on the national level.

• Strengthening election integrity to protect the process

• Reducing overreaching government regulations on private businesses

• Extending the Good Samaritan Act to include volunteer emergency service personnel

• Improving upon lake recreational safety to save lives and provide safer waters

• Establishing adult stem cell treatment options for terminally and chronically ill patients

• Innovating industry and workforce development opportunities so Texans can build greater skills leading to better jobs.

Tan has a decorated private sector business career that includes valuable experience in the technology, software, financial services and private equity industries. A passionate advocate for community and serving others, Tan is on several board of directors and advisory councils including the Board of Trustees for the University of Dallas, Communities in Schools of North Texas, the Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County, and Kyle’s Place. He has also been involved in the Lewisville Lake Symphony along with proudly serving as honorary chair for the Special Olympics Texas Steak N Stetson event for the past four years.

A successful Texas businessman, Tan spent his childhood growing up in the North Texas region and graduated college at the University of Dallas as well as obtained his higher business degree at the London School of Economics. A lifelong conservative and fighter for limited government, Tan started in public service as a White House intern under President George H.W. Bush and began serving in state government as Governor Perry's appointed Chairman of the Texas Industrial Development Corporation. Tan served Texas previously as an appointee of the Texas Comptroller and guided the state's e-Texas initiative geared toward making Texas government more efficient and effective through e-enablement.

Tan resides in Flower Mound, Texas with his wife of 25 years, Beth, and their daughters, Lauren (Texas A&M) and Ashley (Flower Mound High School) along with their dog, Rosie.

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Texas Senate District 27 – Morgan LaMantia (D-Brownsville)

Campaign Bio:

Morgan LaMantia is a South Texas businesswoman

A Valley native, Morgan LaMantia is part of the next generation of leadership in the family business that supports over 1,200 jobs across Texas and beyond. Morgan heads up data analytics and serves as In-House Counsel, carrying on the legacy of her grandfather, Joe LaMantia, of building opportunities through hard work and giving back to the community.

Morgan’s South Texas upbringing and real-life work experience reinforced her belief that strong families and good business go hand in hand. That’s why Morgan started a health care initiative to give their employees free access to a doctor and health education to manage chronic diseases like diabetes. And when PPE supplies were scarce in the early stages of the pandemic, Morgan worked the supply chain to ensure all employees had the safety equipment they needed to keep themselves and their families safe.

Today, Morgan LaMantia is stepping up to provide the next generation of leadership for South Texas in the State Senate. Not your typical politician — she believes in getting things done. And she walks the walk as an active community volunteer, from supporting the STARS scholarship programs where 100% of the funds go to local students to serving on the Board of Directors of nonprofits, including the Gladys Porter Zoo.

Morgan is proudly standing up for South Texas because we are the workforce of Texas’ future. We’re leaders in space exploration, renewable energy, international trade, not to mention the produce capital that feeds the nation. Her priorities include expanding access to affordable health care, standing by our teachers and public schools, and supporting small businesses, because Morgan knows when we stand by South Texas families, there’s nothing we can’t do.

Morgan earned her business degree from the University of Texas at Austin and is a graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law.

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Texas Senate District 31 – Kevin Sparks (R-Midland)

Campaign Bio:

Kevin Sparks is president of Discovery Operating, Inc, a family owned and operated oil and gas company in Midland that has created hundreds of local jobs over almost fifty years.

Kevin and his wife Jill understand that strong communities do not exist by accident, which is why they have quietly invested in their community for over thirty years as Young Life and church leaders and board members of local nonprofits. The Sparks are also small group leaders to young couples rearing their own families. They have four adult children and are active members of Stonegate Fellowship Church where he currently serves as an elder.

A COMMUNITY LEADER

  • One Accord for Kids, promoting foster care for children
  • Midland Classical Academy, Trustee
  • Young Life, Austin & Midland, Former Volunteer Leader
  • High Sky Children’s Ranch, Former Board Member
  • Texas Public Policy Foundation, Former Board Member
  • Natural Gas Producers Association, Former Board Member

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Texas House of Representatives

86 Republicans (R)

64 Democrats (D)

27 Freshmen (F)

* = Returning Member

Speaker of the House Dade Phelan* (R) (Current Speaker and projected winner)

HD 1 Gary VanDeaver* (R)

HD 2 Bryan Slaton* (R)

HD 3 Cecil Bell, Jr.* (R)

HD 4 Keith Bell* (R)

HD 5 Cole Hefner* (R)

HD 6 Matt Schaefer* (R)

HD 7 Jay Dean* (R)

HD 8 Cody Harris* (R)

HD 9 Trent Ashby* (R)

HD 10 Brian Harrison* (R)

HD 11 Travis Clardy* (R)

HD 12 Kyle Kacal* (R)

HD 13 Angelia Orr (R) (F)

HD 14 John Raney* (R)

HD 15 Steve Toth* (R)

HD 16 Will Metcalf* (R)

HD 17 Stan Gerdes (R) (F)

HD 18 Ernest Bailes* (R)

HD 19 Ellen Troxclair (R) (F)

HD 20 Terry Wilson* (R)

HD 21 Dade Phelan* (R) Speaker

HD 22 Christian Manuel Hayes (D) (F)

HD 23 Teresa Leo-Wilson (R) (F)

HD 24 Greg Bonnen* (R)

HD 25 Cody Vasut* (R)

HD 26 Jacey R. Jetton* (R)

HD 27 Ron Reynolds* (D)

HD 28 Gary Gates* (R)

HD 29 Ed Thompson* (R)

HD 30 Geanie Morrison* (R)

HD 31 Ryan Guillen* (R)

HD 32 Todd Hunter* (R)

HD 33 Justin Holland* (R)

HD 34 Abel Herrero* (D)

HD 35 Oscar Longoria* (D)

HD 36 Sergio Munoz* (D)

HD 37 Janie Lopez (R) (F)

HD 38 Erin Gamez (D) (F)

HD 39 Mando Martinez* (D)

HD 40 Terry Canales* (D)

HD 41 Bobby Guerra* (D)

HD 42 Richard Raymond* (D)

HD 43 JM Lozano* (R)

HD 44 John Kuempel* (R)

HD 45 Erin Zwiener* (D)

HD 46 Sheryl Cole*(D)

HD 47 Vikki Goodwin*(D)

HD 48 Donna Howard*(D)

HD 49 Gina Hinojosa*(D)

HD 50 James Talarico (D)

HD 51 Lulu Flores (D) (F)

HD 52 Caroline Harris (R) (F)

HD 53 Andrew Murr* (R)

HD 54 Brad Buckley* (R)

HD 55 Hugh D. Shine* (R)

HD 56 Charles "Doc" Anderson* (R)

HD 57 Richard Hayes (R) (F)

HD 58 DeWayne Burns* (R)

HD 59 Shelby Slawson* (R)

HD 60 Glenn Rogers* (R)


HD 61 Frederick Frazier (R) (F)

HD 62 Reggie Smith* (R)

HD 63 Ben Bumgarner (R) (F)

HD 64 Lynn Stucky* (R)

HD 65 Kronda Thimesch (R) (F)

HD 66 Matt Shaheen* (R)

HD 67 Jeff Leach* (R)

HD 68 David L. Spiller* (R)

HD 69 James Frank* (R)

HD 70 Mihaela Plesa (D) (F)

HD 71 Stan Lambert* (R)

HD 72 Drew Darby* (R)

HD 73 Carrie Isaac (R) (F)

HD 74 Eddie Morales Jr.* (D)

HD 75 Mary Gonzalez* (D)

HD 76 Suleman Lalani (D) (F)

HD 77 Lina Ortega* (D)

HD 78 Joe Moody* (D)

HD 79 Claudia Ordaz Perez (D)

HD 80 Tracy King* (D)

HD 81 Brooks Landgraf* (R)

HD 82 Tom Craddick* (R)

HD 83 Dustin Burrows* (R)

HD 84 Carl Tepper (R) (F)

HD 85 Stan Kitzman (R) (F)

HD 86 John Smithee* (R)

HD 87 Four Price* (R)

HD 88 Ken King* (R)

HD 89 Candy Noble* (R)

HD 90 Ramon Romero* (D)

HD 91 Stephanie Klick* (R)

HD 92 Salman Bhojani (D) (F)

HD 93 Nate Schatzline (R) (F)

HD 94 Tony Tinderholt* (R)

HD 95 Nicole Collier* (D)

HD 96 David Cook* (R)

HD 97 Craig Goldman* (R)

HD 98 Giovanni Capriglione* (R)

HD 99 Charlie Geren* (R)

HD 100 Venton Jones (D) (F)

HD 101 Chris Turner* (D)

HD 102 Ana-Maria Ramos* (D)

HD 103 Rafael Anchia* (D)

HD 104 Jessica Gonzalez* (D)

HD 105 Terry Meza* (D)

HD 106 Jared Patterson* (R)

HD 107 Victoria Neave Criado* (D)

HD 108 Morgan Meyer* (R)

HD 109 Carl Sherman* (D)

HD 110 Toni Rose* (D)

HD 111 Yvonne Davis* (D)

HD 112 Angie Chen Button* (R)

HD 113 Rhetta Andrews Bowers* (D)

HD 114 John Bryant (D)

HD 115 Julie Johnson* (D)

HD 116 Trey Martinez Fischer* (D)

HD 117 Philip Cortez* (D)

HD 118 John Lujan* (R) (F)

HD 119 Liz Campos* (D)

HD 120 Barbara Gervin-Hawkins* (D)

HD 121 Steve Allison* (R)

HD 122 Mark Dorazio (R) (F)

HD 123 Diego Bernal* (D)

HD 124 Josey Garcia (D) (F)

HD 125 Ray Lopez* (D)

HD 126 Sam Harless*(R)

HD 127 Charles Cunningham (R) (F)

HD 128 Briscoe Cain*(R)

HD 129 Dennis Paul*(R)

HD 130 Tom Oliverson*(R)

HD 131 Alma A. Allen* (D)

HD 132 Mike Schofield* (R)

HD 133 Mano DeAyala (R) (F)

HD 134 Ann Johnson* (D)

HD 135 Jon E. Rosenthal* (D)

HD 136 John Bucy* (D)

HD 137 Gene Wu* (D)

HD 138 Lacey M. Hull* (R)

HD 139 Jarvis Johnson* (D)

HD 140 Armando Walle* (D)

HD 141 Senfronia Thompson* (D)

HD 142 Harold Dutton* (D)

HD 143 Ana Hernandez* (D)

HD 144 Mary Ann Perez* (D)

HD 145 Christina Morales* (D)

HD 146 Shawn Thierry* (D)

HD 147 Jolanda Jones* (D) (F)

HD 148 Penny Morales Shaw* (D)

HD 149 Hubert Vo* (D)

HD 150 Valoree Swanson* (R)

Notes:

• HD 114 John Bryant (D-Dallas) previously served five terms in the Texas House from 1974-1983 and is not considered a freshman.

• HD 118 incumbent John Lujan (R-San Antonio) has served during two interims following special elections and is considered a freshman since he has not yet served during a legislative session.

• HD 147 incumbent Jolanda Jones (D-Houston) was sworn in earlier this year following a special election and is considered a freshman since she has not yet served during a legislation session.

New Texas House Members:

Texas House District 13- Angela Orr (R-Itasca)

Campaign Bio:

Angelia Orr is a wife, mother, small business owner, and lifelong conservative. She and her husband, Will, live in Hill County where his family has farmed and ranched since 1872. They have two grown children, attend First Baptist Church Hillsboro, and run several successful small businesses. Will is the Chairman of the Hill County Republican Party.

A 1992 graduate of Texas A&M University, Angelia has dedicated her life to raising her family and serving her community. She has served the Republican Party as an election judge, a precinct chair, a delegate to six state conventions, and an active member of her local Republican Women’s Club.

A former substitute teacher and strong advocate for local public schools, Angelia was elected to the Itasca School Board in 2007 and went on to serve two terms as secretary. In 2010, she decided to run for District Clerk, winning a competitive, three-person Republican Primary before defeating a five-term Democrat incumbent.

In 2018, Angelia resigned as District Clerk after State Representative Cody Harris (R-Palestine) asked her to serve as his District Director. In that role, she provided legislative support and constituent services to the people of Hill, Anderson, Navarro, and Freestone Counties.

​After the Texas Legislature completed redistricting in 2021, Angelia was encouraged by local grassroots conservatives and community leaders to run in the newly formed House District 13, which includes Hill, Bosque, Freestone, Limestone, Leon, Falls and part of McLennan County.

As State Representative, Angelia will be a strong and committed voice for rural Texas and our conservative values. Her main priorities include securing the border, cutting property taxes, improving local public schools, protecting private property rights, defending the second amendment, and supporting a pro-life, pro-family culture in the state of Texas.

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Texas House District 17 – Stan Gerdes (R-Smithville)

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Stan Gerdes is a 5th generation Texan, born and raised in Waco. After high school, Stan made his way down to Austin to attend college at The University of Texas, where he met his wife, Samantha (“Sam”), on the first day of class.

Stan has worked for Governor Rick Perry for nearly a decade – beginning when he was Governor of Texas, and throughout his time as Secretary of Energy. As Senior Advisor to Secretary Perry, Stan held an Active Q Clearance for access to information classified as “Top Secret National Security Information” and led an extensive team to organize and manage every aspect of the Secretary’s daily schedule – including travel to all 17 national labs, and to over 25 countries. Stan accompanied the Secretary to countries including, but not limited to the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Mexico, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Israel and France. During his tenure in Washington, D.C., Stan quickly sharpened his ability to lead large and diverse teams – managing and coordinating staff within multiple departments across the 105,000 employee agency, along with staff at foreign embassies and security teams from around the world.

Stan is a proud Camp Longhorn alumnus and a lifetime member of the Texas Exes, the Dallas Safari Club and the National Rifle Association. Most weekends, you can find Stan working in the yard, planning a house project at the local hardware store, or having breakfast at Comfort Café. He also enjoys volunteering at “Feed the Need” on Tuesday evenings, and the Smithville Food Pantry when his schedule allows. Sam is an attorney, and remains an active member of the Junior League where she has dedicated many years to volunteering in organizations such as FIT (Food in Tummies), Coats for Kids, Women’s Storybook Project, and Drive-A-Senior.

Stan and Sam are both proud graduates of The University of Texas at Austin.

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Texas House District 19 – Ellen Troxclair (R-Marble Falls)

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Ellen Troxclair is a small business owner, non-profit leader, devoted mom, and proven conservative. As one of the few Republicans, and youngest woman, to ever serve on the Austin City Council, she has stood as an unwavering fighter against leftist policies – and won.

A trailblazer for efficient and effective government, Ellen has played a key role in lowering property taxes and improving transparency at both the city and state level. As a councilwoman, Ellen lowered property taxes for all homeowners by implementing Austin's first homestead exemption. She became known as the budget watchdog, consistently cutting wasteful spending and reforming city programs for better results.

Following her tenure in elected office, she went on to serve as a Senior Fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation and further advocated for reducing taxes, improving education, and protecting life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Additionally, as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Army Futures Command, she helped to advise our military leaders tasked with modernizing our battle methods while helping to grow the central Texas economy.

Named a “Champion Woman” by the Independent Women’s Forum, Ellen has been recognized nationally for her bold leadership. Her bestselling book “Step Up!” equips others with the tools and information they need to make a difference in their communities. Ellen has also been a Fox News contributor and a frequent writer for national publications.

Ellen manages a thriving real estate business, Troxclair Residential Group, and has been recognized as one of the best in the business by both the Austin Business Journal’s Profiles in Power Awards and Platinum Top 50’s Realtor Awards. She and her husband, Caleb, are the proud parents of three young children -- Juliette, Margaret, and Brooks. As strong Christians, they are actively involved in their church Life Austin. And, are also devoted to showing their children the importance of giving back through non-profit volunteer work and community involvement.

Ellen serves in a leadership role for St. David’s Foundation, raising life-changing scholarship money for students from Central Texas, and has also been honored to serve on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters Ice Ball, Ballet Austin, and the Wine and Food Foundation of Texas.

Born and raised in Texas, Ellen is committed to maintaining Texas as a beacon of liberty and freedom for many generations to come.

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Texas House District 22 - Christian Manuel-Hayes (D-Beaumont)

Campaign Bio:

Christian Manuel was born in Port Arthur, Texas, and was raised in both Texas and California. He is the eldest brother of six siblings, four brothers and two sisters.

Manuel started working in politics under State Representative Joe Deshotel in 2004 as a case worker. Manuel quickly moved up to a District Director and Assistant Committee Clerk. Finally, he has been Deshotels Chief of Staff for the last 10 years. As Chief of Staff, Christian executed Rep Deshotel’s legislative agenda, and worked hard to bring home victories for HD-22 over the past 17 years. Manuel’s professional experience serving as the right-hand-man to an experienced legislator like Rep Deshotel will be pivotal in ensuring more victories for HD-22, experience matters.

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Texas House District 23 – Teri Leo-Wilson (R-Galveston)

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Terri Leo Wilson is a Christian and lifelong conservative Republican running to be our next state representative in House District 23. With over twelve years of public votes on the State Board of Education and the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC), Terri is the only candidate in the race with a proven conservative record.

Terri has been active in Texas conservative politics for over 40 years, serving the Republican Party in roles from precinct chairman to Galveston County’s Senate District 11 Chairman to serving on the Legislative Priorities Committee on the SREC. She has been a delegate to all but one Republican Party of Texas Convention since 1984.

A retired public school teacher and former member of the State Board of Education, Terri is passionate about education and ensuring the next generation has the tools they need to succeed. She has spent hours without pay or staff reading through textbooks to ensure our state’s instructional materials and curriculum represents the values of Texas parents. We can trust Terri will fight back against ‘Critical Race Theory’ and liberal indoctrination in the classroom.

Terri and her husband Dave have five children and four grandchildren. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with an undergraduate degree in Elementary and Special Education, and she received a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University. After retiring as a counselor and head of the department for students with special needs in the public schools, she and her husband retired in beautiful Galveston County where they currently live.

Web Page:

www.terrifortexas.com

Texas House District 37 – Janie Lopez (R-San Benito)

Campaign Bio:

Janie Lopez’s parents migrated from Mexico as legal citizens in a quest for a better life in the United States of America. Janie grew up as a middle child of seven siblings. Her parents worked hard to instill in her the importance of hard work and education in achieving the American dream. She graduated from San Benito High School in 1997 and became the first in her family to attend and graduate from college with honorary awards.

​Janie has worked in everything from food service, manufacturing, and retail to building a successful career as a mental healthcare professional treating at-risk children, veterans and first responders suffering from PTSD.

As a counselor for our local school districts, Janie has managed millions of dollars in budgets for school counseling programs under her leadership as a Director in the San Benito CISD. Student achievement increased and disciplinary referrals were reduced by 60% in elementary schools. She served as a GEAR UP counselor in Brownsville CISD’s lowest performing campus and helped transform it into a high performing school rated #1 for Science and #2 for History with state exams in the district.

​As a San Benito school board trustee, Janie works to ensure financial accountability in all aspects of the ISD’s budget and projects. In addition to fiscal responsibility for student activities, academics, and day-to-day expenditures of departments and campuses, Janie was pivotal in getting an increased police force in our schools to secure our classrooms. She also improved infrastructure, oversaw the completion of critical new sports facilities, ensured educator and staff pay raises, and provided checks and balances for incoming local, state, and federal funds.

​Guided by her Christian values, we can count on Janie to represent the conservative family values of Willacy and Cameron Counties. As our next State Representative Janie will work to lower the cost of living, fully secure our border, properly fund our schools, protect life in the womb, stop the dangerous defunding of police, fight human trafficking, and defend the constitutional rights of Texans.

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Texas House District 38 – Erin Gamez (D-Brownsville)

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About Erin

Daughter to Ernesto Gamez, Jr. and Valerie Gamez. Granddaughter to Ernesto Gamez, Sr. and Irma Perez Gamez and Educators Pat and Jim Titus

EDUCATION:
-South Texas College of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence, Cum Laude
-The University of Texas at Austin, Bachelors of Arts in Government and Minor in Spanish, Cum Laude
-St. Joseph Academy - Top 10%

EXPERIENCE:
-Cameron County Mental Health Diversion Court, Defense Attorney
-Law offices of Ernesto Gamez, Jr. - Justice For All Building, Attorney at Law, General Litigation - Civil and Criminal Law
-State Bar of Texas - Continuing Legal Education; A South Texas Litigation Course, Lecturer on Civil Forfeiture
-82nd Legislative Session - Arnold Public Affairs, Legislative Aide (2011)
-80th Legislative Session - Texas House of Representatives, Legislative Aide (2007)

MEMBERSHIPS:
-U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts of Southern District of Texas
-State Bar of Texas
-Cameron County Bar Association
-Cameron County Women’s Law Section
-National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, DuBois-Hite Chapter
-Good Shepard Community Church
-Brownsville Community Health Center, Board Member

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Texas House District 51 - Maria Luisa "Lulu" Flores (D-Austin)

Campaign Bio:

Lulu Flores is a longtime champion of equality and social justice. She rose through the grassroots ranks to serve as President and CEO of the National Women’s Political Caucus, the longest serving institution committed to increasing women’s participation throughout the political process. Likewise, Lulu’s leadership can be seen at all levels, from being elected a National Delegate for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, to Chairing the Austin Arts Commission, to serving as Chief of Staff to the first Mexican American woman elected to the Texas House.

Growing up along the border as the youngest of nine children, Lulu’s commitment to civil rights was instilled by her father, an attorney and one of the founding members of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). But she also saw how little would be accomplished were it not for the behind the scenes work of strong women like her mother.

Thanks to her parents’ strong belief in education, Lulu moved to Austin to study at the University of Texas, where she also graduated from law school. She began her career in the state legislature working for Rep. Irma Rangel, a pioneer who rose to serve as Chair of the Higher Education Committee. Lulu continued her career in public service working as Director of Legislative Programs for the State Bar of Texas, and Assistant Director for Alternative Fuels Policy and Legislation/Governmental Affairs at the Texas Railroad Commission, before joining her husband, Scott, as partner in their law firm, Hendler Flores Law, PLLC.

Recognized for both her work as a lawyer and an agent for social change, Lulu was named “National Latina Lawyer of the Year” in 2010 by the Hispanic National Bar Association and was included in the City of Austin Women’s Hall of Fame for her leadership, advocacy, and mentoring. Most recently, she was named the 2020 Distinguished Lawyer of the Year by the Austin Bar Association. An active volunteer, Lulu continues to support a variety of causes, including serving as a member of the Advisory Committee of the University of Texas Center for Women and Gender Studies.

Today, Lulu is bringing her passion for social justice to the state legislature to push back against S.B. 8 and Greg Abbott’s attack on reproductive freedoms, stand up for the dignity of all Texans, and promote investments in health care and education that help ensure every Texan has the chance to pursue their full potential.

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Texas House District 52 – Caroline Harris (R-Round Rock)

Campaign Bio:

  • Round Rock native
  • Lifelong conservative Republican
  • Pro-Life and Pro-Second Amendment
  • Serves as a Sunday School teacher and member of the Missions Board of her church
  • Disaster relief and community volunteer
  • Master's Degree from the University of Texas
  • Seven years of legislative experience fighting for our conservative values

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carolinefortexas.com

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Texas House District 57 – Richard Hayes (R-Denton)

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Richard Hayes is an AV Rated real estate & business trial lawyer and founding partner of Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, L.L.P., an established law firm serving North Texas since 1985. He has been selected by Texas Monthly as a Texas Super Lawyer in Eminent Domain annually since inception of the recognition in 2003.

Education and Law: Richard earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas Christian University (1975), his Master of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University (1976), and his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law (1978). He served as a briefing attorney for Adrian Spears, the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas (1978-1979). Following his clerkship, he served as an Assistant Criminal District Attorney for the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office (San Antonio).

Richard is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in both Commercial and Residential Real Estate Law (1987-present). He is licensed to practice in all Texas Courts; all United States District Courts of Texas; the Courts of Appeal for the 5th and 11th Circuits; and the Supreme Court of the United States of America. He is a member of the Denton County Bar Association (President, 1994-1995) and the State Bar of Texas (Litigation and Real Property sections).

Republican Party (local and state): Richard served as Chairman of the Denton County Republican Party (1996-2002) and on the Denton County Elections Commission. He served as Denton County Republican Party (DCRP) Parliamentarian under three different County Chairmen and has been honored as an Outstanding Volunteer by the DCRP. In addition he served as a Precinct Chairman for eight years. He has served three times as the State Convention Parliamentarian and as a Delegate to every Republican State Convention since 1988, with service in numerous capacities on the Rules Committee. He also has been named an Outstanding Volunteer for Senate District 30.

Republican Party (national): Richard is a Life Member of the Republican National Committee and has served twice as a delegate to the Republican National Convention. He is a member of the Republican National Lawyers Association and serves on the Board of Governors of the Council for National Policy.

Community and Academic Service: Richard currently serves on the Board of Directors of the North Texas Mobility Corporation, the North Texas State Fair Association and on the Board of Advisors of St. Mary’s University School of Law. Prior service includes that on the Board of Regents of Texas Woman’s University (1996-2002, appointed by Hon. George W. Bush) and on the Board of Directors of the Denton Public Schools Foundation.

He is a member of the Denton Chamber of Commerce, with service as board chair (1994-1995); and the Denton Kiwanis Club, with service as President (1993-1994). In addition, he served on the Project Cabinet of Vision for Denton-The 21st Century and on the Organizing Committee for the 24th and 25th Annual Texas Special Olympics.

City of Denton: Service to the City of Denton includes appointment to the Greater Denton Arts Council, Historic Landmark Commission, two city Charter Review committees and the Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors.

The Colony: The Colony Businessman’s Association honored Richard as Man of the Year in 2013, and he remains an active member of the organization.

Boy Scouts of America: Richard served eight years as a Den Leader for Pack 65, six years as an Assistant Scout Master and four years as Scoutmaster for Troop 140 where he was awarded the Scoutmaster Award of Merit. He served as Frontier Trials District Chairman for two years and was recognized with the District Award of Merit and the Distinguished Citizen Award. Following, he served as Vice President of Finance, Vice President of Administration and as Council Commissioner for the Longhorn Council, Boy Scouts of America. He received the Silver Beaver Award. He served as a National Jamboree Scoutmaster, as a Wood Badge Course Director, and a National Camp Inspector. He has two sons that are Eagle Scouts.

Parliamentarian: Richard is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian, Vice President of the American College of Parliamentary Lawyers, a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians, American Institute of Parliamentarians, Texas State Association of Parliamentarians (President, 2012-2013), North Texas Registered Parliamentarians (President, 2014-2016), and the Golden Triangle Parliamentarians (President, 2014-2016). He is currently serves as the Parliamentarian for the Republican Party of Texas, and has served as such prior under four State Chairmen.

Personal: Richard and his wife Helen, a licensed R.N. and retired public school nurse and teacher, have been married for 47 years. They have five children and eight grandchildren.

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Texas House District 61 – Frederick Frazier (R-McKinney)

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Frederick Frazier has faithfully served the North Texas community as a police officer for over 26 years, including 14 years as a Special Deputy US Marshal. He has twice been recognized for his outstanding work and was named one of the Nation’s Top Cops.

On the McKinney City Council, Frederick cut the tax rate each year. With rising inflation and skyrocketing energy prices, the federal government is doing nothing to support the Texas economy. Frederick has his sights set on supporting our local small businesses and families by cutting red tape, protecting jobs and reducing property taxes.

Frederick and his wife, Tracie, are proud parents of 3 kids. Their two youngest attend McKinney Public Schools and their oldest is in college. Increasing funding for education is a top priority for Frederick and as a police officer will work to ensure our schools are safe havens for learning.

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Texas House District 63 - Ben Bumgarner (R-Flower Mound)

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I am 38 years old from Flower Mound, TX. I hold a Bachelor of Arts from Austin College up in Sherman, TX. I have lived in North Texas my entire life. I have served on the Flower Mound Town council since 2019 where I serve in Place 3 as the current Mayor Pro Tem. I am the Co-Owner of a local business. I am a Christian, a servant leader, a husband, and father.

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Texas House District 65 - Kronda Thimesch (R-Carrolton)

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Kronda Thimesch (pronounced "KRAWN-da TIMM-esh") has been an HD-65 resident for more than 30 years.

Kronda’s family came from humble roots. Her Grandmother, Rose Martinez-Mascarenas, grew up in a home with dirt floors and didn’t finish high school. But in America, it doesn’t matter where you came from. If you are persistent and work hard, anything is possible. Kronda was able to graduate from college, serve on the local school board, and fight for educational opportunities for everyone.

While attending Texas Tech University as an undergrad and majoring in Landscape Architecture, Kronda met her husband Jeff. After graduation, they moved to Denton County to begin their small family business in a garage. Today, their company is a regional employer and active community partner.

As a local small business owner, Kronda understands how high taxes, burdensome regulations and frivolous lawsuits make it hard for businesses to grow and create jobs. She will use her experience to ensure Texas continues to foster an environment that encourages job creation, so we can all have the dignity of work and provide for our families.

Kronda is passionate about the value of a strong education. She has four children, all of whom graduated from local public schools. Kronda believes in giving back to our community and volunteers in several charitable, civic, and non-profit organizations. After years of being a supportive and active parent leading various booster clubs, scholarship programs, and extracurricular activities, she felt called to do more.

​In 2015 Kronda was elected to Lewisville ISD Board. During her five-year tenure as an accomplished school board trustee where she earned the “Master Trustee” designation, Kronda supported student and family populations from all walks of life. She worked in a bipartisan manner to represent the best interests of all children in one of the largest school districts in Texas. As State Representative, Kronda will work to ensure that education dollars serve our students and empower our teachers.

Kronda and her husband Jeff have been married for almost 31 years, and have four grown children who are now starting families and businesses of their own. The Thimesch family have been active members of Bent Tree Bible Fellowship for 25 years.

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Texas House District 70 - Miheala Plesa (D-Dallas)

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As a lifetime resident of North Texas, Mihaela Plesa was raised in Carrollton and feels blessed to continue to call North Dallas home. Born and bred in Texas, Mihaela is the only child of immigrant parents who fled Eastern Europe, seeking a better life in the United States - the land of prosperity.

Mihaela is the proud product of Texas public schools. She attended the University of North Texas where she graduated with her Bachelors in Political Science. Her passion for government affairs and global relations brought her to study abroad in Spain where she lived for a semester and focused on becoming fluent in Spanish. She graduated from the University of North Texas in 2006. In 2012, Mihaela graduated Cum Laude from Southern Methodist University as one of the first graduates from the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development with a master’s in Liberal Arts focusing on Global Studies.

After college, Mihaela spent some time working with entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout Texas, managing their companies’ brands and building their public relations. Throughout her career in PR, she continued to stay true to her passion for civics and worked with a wide range of organizations stretching from the Young National Organization of Women (Young NOW) to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law (NORML).

In 2017, after years of marching, protesting, and advocating with little felt results, she left her job at a small business to get her hands dirty down in Austin at the Texas Legislature. Throughout three legislative sessions and four special sessions, Mihaela developed institutional knowledge of the Texas Legislature leading to multiple legislative wins. One of the most notable and recent successes was the drafting and passage of Proposition 8 which was on the November 2, 2021, ballot.

In 2020, Mihaela became engaged to her long-time boyfriend and tech CEO Todd Hollenshead of Garland, Texas. They have lived in Collin County for the last ten years with their two dogs Napoleon and Oliver. They enjoy gardening, running, and love snow sports.

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Texas House District 73 – Carrie Isaac (R-Dripping Springs)

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Carrie Isaac is a fourth-generation Texan, nonprofit leader, wife, and mother who will give our values a powerful voice in the Texas Capitol. Carrie and her husband just celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary and reside in Hays County with their two teenage sons and their dog Daisy.

Carrie has a heart for service to Central Texas, where she has lived in Hays County for 17 years. One of her core beliefs is that nonprofits and churches serve those in need more effectively than government. Carrie currently serves as the Executive Director of DEWIT, a nonprofit that provides financial assistance to veterans. Carrie is the daughter of an Air Force veteran, her father instilled in her the desire to give back to those who sacrificed for our freedoms.

After serving in the Air Force, her dad worked for nearly 40 years as a stainless steel worker and welder in an un-air-conditioned shop to provide for his family. Watching his work ethic for her family taught her the importance of liberty and limited government with a low tax burden so that families can keep more of their hard-earned money. She will work every day to keep the government out of our way and preserve the freedom that makes Texas the greatest state in our nation.

When the coronavirus hit, nursing homes in Carrie’s community were having a hard time getting supplies to keep their residents safe. So Carrie got to work immediately calling around to nursing homes in the area and creating a database of their specific needs so she could keep track of who needed what. Carrie began collecting donations from social media and got in touch with local philanthropists, who generously donated the funds needed to buy personal protective equipment to keep our community safe. She was able to donate masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, adult diapers, and paper towels to nursing homes serving over 5,000 senior citizens in Hays and Blanco counties as well as first responders, women’s shelters, food banks, and ten school campuses serving food to over 5,000 students a day. Because of her organization, decisiveness, and willingness to drop everything to help meet a need means tens of thousands of our friends and neighbors are safe and healthy today.

Carrie’s masters degree in health education has served her community well advancing health and wellness in her community. She served on her local Helping Hands food pantry board for over a decade feeding over 100 hungry families a week, and she served on the board of the nonprofit IT’S TIME TEXAS whose motto is, “Texas is best when Texas is healthy.” She led Dripping Springs to win first place competing with other communities across the great State of Texas in the IT’S TIME TEXAS Community Challenge as the Chair of the Dripping Springs Mayor’s Health and Wellness Council. Additionally, she received recognition for her volunteer work at her boys’ schools over the years. She is one of three founding members of the Dripping Springs youth lacrosse program to pass on lifelong skills and well-being in our next generation of leaders. She and her husband recently hosted their ninth annual Fire In the Sky Independence Day celebration giving proceeds back to EMS, firefighters, and veterans in her community.

Our community needs a representative with mental toughness and endurance to fight for our freedoms and values. Carrie completed a full-length 140.6-mile IRONMAN. She has the strength and endurance to stay tough and stand strong in the face of opposition in the Texas Capitol. No one will outwork her.

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Texas House District 76 - Suleman Lalani (D-Fort Bend)

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Dr. Suleman Lalani has been in private practice in the Greater Houston area for the last two decades and in Sugar Land for 17 years. In the early 90’s Dr. Lalani arrived in the United States to begin his medical career. He chose the United States because here is where the medicine was the most advanced, here is where the greatest quality of healthcare was provided and because this is the world’s greatest nation. It was a shock to discover how inequitable the healthcare system was in this wealthy nation. The advancements and the high level of care was undeniable, but the access to the common citizen was shameful. Throughout his career, Dr. Lalani tried to shorten that gap through his own practice and charitable endeavors—always wanting to do more. Now, after decades of practice and thousands of patients, Dr. Lalani has decided to do more for his fellow Texans. Who better to advocate for the healthcare and betterment of a community than it’s trusted physician?

Dr. Lalani completed his fellowship training at Baylor College of Medicine and has attended courses at Harvard Medical School and Columbia University College of Physicians. He has been triple board-certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and he has also been certified by the American Medical Directors Association. Dr. Lalani is among an elite group of physicians nationwide with this qualification. He is also recognized by the National Register of Who’s Who for Excellence in Geriatric Medicine. Dr. Lalani has been serving in various leadership roles in both professional organizations and medical institutions. He is a Board member and also has served as Ambassador to US Congress for the Alzheimer’s Association Dr. Lalani’s interest in caring for his patients - especially the elderly - continues to lead him towards researching solutions to the common problems that elder members of the community face.

Dr. Lalani believes strongly in philanthropy and volunteer service. He has formerly served as the Chairman for the Regional Committee of the Aga Khan Foundation USA for four years. The Aga Khan Foundation operates under the mandate to alleviate global poverty and improve the quality of life for all. He is also involved with raising awareness and funds for the National MS Society and Alzheimer's Association. Locally he serves on the Ft Bend Rainbow Room, a resource room stocked with emergency and transitional supplies to meet the critical needs of Fort Bend County's abused and neglected children and adults. Dr. Lanani's also serves on the board to the Exchange Club Exchange of Fort Bend, America's premier service club, working to make our communities better places to live.

Dr. Lalani is married and has three children. In his leisure time, Dr. Lalani enjoys reading, painting, playing racquetball, cycling, and traveling.

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Texas House District 84 – Carl Tepper (R-Lubbock)

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  • Lifelong Christian and Conservative Republican
  • Husband and Dedicated Father
  • Former Chairman - Lubbock Co. Republican Party
  • Former President - Texas Republican County Chairmen’s Association
  • First Republican Party leader in Texas to endorse Donald Trump for President
  • United States Air Force Veteran - Sergeant and Military Aviator with over 20 combat-support missions
  • Texas Tech Graduate (Wreck ‘em!)
  • Successful commercial real estate professional
  • Former Chairman - Lubbock Corps of The Salvation Army
  • President - Sunset Saddle Club
  • Guest Host - NewsTalk KFYO

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Texas House District 85 – Stan Kitzman (R-Pattison)

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Education

Texas A&M University ‘88, B.S.
Royal High School

Professional Experience

Former Small Business Owner
Former Waller County Commissioner PCT 4
Former Public School Teacher
Drainage District Manager

Military Service

United States Army (Retired)
Served 21 years with 3 combat deployments;
Bronze Star & Combat Infantryman Badge Recipient

Community Service

Waller County Sheriff’s Office Training Advisory Board - President
Waller County Crime Stoppers - Board of Directors
West I-10 Chamber of Commerce - President
Veterans of Foreign Wars, Waller County Post 4007 - Past Commander
Waller County Veteran Memorial - Founding Member & Former President
Texas Water Conservation Association - Board of Directors
Brookshire Lodge #1066 - PM
National Guard Association of Texas – Former Board Member
National Rifle Association - Life Member
Texas Aggie Band Association
Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets Association
Eagle Scout

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Texas House District 92 - Salman Bhojani (D-Irving)

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After immigrating to Texas as a teenager, Salman Bhojani worked 3 minimum wage jobs to help support his family–climbing the ladder from convenience store cashier to successful business owner, attorney, and Euless City Councilman.

Salman understands that when we give opportunities to every Texan, our state is stronger and our future is more secure. As State Representative, Salman will continue to fight for our community because everyone deserves the opportunity to live the American dream.

Born in Pakistan to a large family, Salman’s parents immigrated to the Lone Star State when he was 17 years old. After becoming a naturalized citizen, Salman earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas and became a small business owner—purchasing convenience stores across the DFW Metroplex.

He went on to earn a law degree from Southern Methodist University and a Comparative Law Diploma from Oxford University and eventually founded his own law firm, Bhojani Law PLLC.

After finding a home in Euless with his young family, Salman continued to focus on his law practice and businesses. In 2018, Salman made national headlines when he was elected to the Euless City Council, becoming the first Muslim American to hold elected office in Euless. He went on to become the Mayor Pro Tem.

​In March, Salman was elected Democratic Nominee for House District 92 with over 57% of the vote. When Salman wins in November, he will be the first Muslim and first South Asian ever elected to the Texas legislature. He will also be the first person of color ever elected to represent House District 92.

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Texas House District 93 - Nate Schatzline (R-Ft. Worth)

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Nate Schatzline is a proud Christian, and a devoted husband and father of two boys. He is a former pastor, the founder of For Liberty & Justice, an organization that is dedicated to mobilizing the local church to see reformation in government, and he serves as the director of operations for The Justice Reform, an anti-human trafficking organization based out of Fort Worth, Texas. “It’s time to make a stand for our kids, for our personal liberties, and for our Christian values! I’m running for state rep of district 93 to protect the next generation and fight for our families!”

Nate grew up along with his sister, traveling the world with his mom and dad who were ministers, authors, and business owners. He attributes much of his success to growing up in a loving home where he was taught to work hard, put family first, love people, and honor God in everything he does. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree from Southwestern Assemblies of God University, in Waxahachie, Texas, which is where he met his sweetheart and wife of 9 years, Adrienne. He then went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude with his Master’s Degree in Political Science at Liberty University. Nate says that his wife Adrienne is his best friend and greatest supporter, and his two boys, Jackson and Anderson, are the pride and joy of his life.

Over the last nine years, Nate and Adrienne have served as pastors and have lead a youth and young adult movement dedicated to discipling the next generation of Christ-followers. In addition to his time in ministry, Nate has served as a professor of economics, and has served multiple political campaigns including Republican Congresswoman Beth Van Duyne’s 2020 campaign for Congress. He has also been an overseer of a public school mentorship program that is responsible for mentoring hundreds of at-risk students in multiple cities, and teaching students that they are not the product of their environment, but that they were born on purpose with a purpose.

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Texas House District 100 – Venton Jones (D-Dallas)

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Venton Jones is a native of House District 100 representing a new generation of leaders committed to advancing equity and justice through two decades of experience leading organizations, impacting public policy, and organizing diverse communities. Since the beginning of his career, Venton has been a tireless advocate working to improve healthcare access, fighting for marginalized communities and middle-class families, and protecting voting rights.

Venton is the Founder and CEO of the Southern Black Policy and Advocacy Network (SBPAN), a non-profit with the mission of improving health, social, and economic conditions impacting Black communities in the U.S. South. Venton has a long history of successfully implementing innovative and effective initiatives nationally, throughout the State of Texas, and locally in Dallas County. Throughout his career, Venton has served in various high profile leadership roles working with some of the nation’s leading public policy organizations, lawmakers, and community leaders advancing health and economic policy. In 2019, Venton was appointed to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and STD Prevention and Treatment.

As an active member of the Democratic Party, Venton serves as a neighborhood Precinct Chairman and an Election Judge. He is also a former Board member of Stonewall Democrats of Dallas. In addition to his work with the Democratic Party, Venton serves as the Chairman of the Dallas County HIV Task Force, former Vice-Chair of the Dallas County Ryan White Planning Council, and former Board member of the City of Dallas Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center.

With extensive background and experience, Venton serves as an expert consultant for elected officials, community-based organizations, health departments, and federal and state government entities in Dallas and around the country. In 2011, Venton was recognized at the White House by President Barack Obama for his HIV advocacy work.

Venton received his Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health from Texas A&M University, his Master of Science degree in Health Care Administration from The University of Texas at Arlington. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and a Free and Accepted Masons (F.A.A.M.).

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Texas House District 114 – John Bryant (D-Dallas)

(Note: He previous served five terms in the Texas House from 1974-1983 and is not technically considered a freshman, but I am including him in the profiles since he is likely new to most readers.)

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I represented our area in the Texas House of Representatives for nine years then for fourteen years in the U.S. House of Representatives. After serving, I returned to private business, law, and civic activity here at home.

During my service, I was twice named one of the “Ten Best Legislators in Texas” by Texas Monthly, successfully prosecuted impeachment of a corrupt federal judge before the U.S. Senate, and passed the East Texas Wilderness Bill establishing Texas’ only federally protected wilderness.

I’m running again because the threat to our democracy now requires everyone to get off the sidelines and join the fight in the way they can be most effective.

I’m running because the privileged Republican donor class that funds Trump completely dominates public policy in Texas and we are not fighting back effectively.

My wife and I have lived here all of our adult lives. Our three children are grown, and we are lucky to have four grandchildren.

I am free to speak out and lead fights other elected officials will avoid due to ambition or fear of economic reprisals.

I’m not afraid of the utilities and pipeline barons. I will sponsor a bill to make energy companies that made an $11 billion windfall during the freeze pay for winterizing their plants and require our state to join the national electric grid so we will never have another power outage.

I’m not afraid of the big commercial real estate barons. Property taxes on our homes are high because major commercial properties are consistently under-appraised and not paying their fair share. This is the result of a decision by the all-Republican Texas Supreme Court. I will sponsor legislation to make them shoulder their fair share.

I’m not afraid of the anti-choice extremists. I will sponsor and fight for legislation to restore a woman’s right to make her own choice regarding reproductive health.

I’m not afraid of the NRA gun lobby and I have a record to prove it. I voted for the federal ban on assault rifles which was law for ten years before Republicans took over. I will introduce and fight for banning sale of military assault rifles, restoring gun permit requirements, and enacting reasonable gun restrictions that will make our schools and public places safe again

We can start winning these battles. I know how to do it. I hope I can earn your vote.

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Texas House District 118 – John Lujan (R-San Antonio)

(Note: Incumbent John Lujan has served during two interims following special elections and is considered a freshman since he has not yet served during a legislative session.)

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John’s ties to our district run deep. He was born in San Antonio where his mother was a local public-school principal, and his father was a Southside minister. John learned from his parents at a young age the importance of serving others.

After graduating, John served our community for five years as a Deputy in the Bexar County Sheriff’s department before accepting a job with the San Antonio Fire Department, a position he held for over 25 years. While serving as a firefighter, John worked closely with elected officials at all levels of government to advocate for additional tools and training for first responders to help them better serve their communities.

Today, John proudly serves as the State Representative for District 118. He was previously elected to serve District 118 as State Representative in 2016 and wants to serve again to be a strong voice for our community.

John is committed to strengthening our schools and supporting our teachers so they can help our kids develop the job skills needed to break cycles of poverty, bring good jobs to our district, and lower the tax burden on our families.

As a small business owner, John understands the financial difficulties we are all facing. He helped grow a small local IT firm into a thriving business that employs over 500 people in the community, so he is the right person to help bring us out of these unprecedented times.

​John and his wife, Freda, have been married for 37 years. They are proud parents of five boys, three of whom are adopted. John volunteers as a board member with Southside Cardinals Youth Sports League and is a Sunday School teacher at Southside Baptist Church.

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Texas House District 122 – Mark Dorazio (R-San Antonio)

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Mark Dorazio has lived a principled life of service dedicated to God, family, community, and conservative values.

Mark was the 4th boy, born to a large Italian family of 10 children in Derry, PA. He started working and paying rent at age 12 delivering the local newspaper. He followed his oldest brother to Lubbock, TX out of high school, and apprenticed in construction under three engineers that taught at Texas Tech University. He met his wife, Monica in El Paso, and they have been married for 40 adventurous years. They raised four children, and now enjoy their nine grandchildren. Together they opened their own construction company, Dorazio Enterprises, Inc., after moving to San Antonio. Over the last 38 years Mark and Monica have grown their business responsibly, operating most of that time as a debt free corporation. Mark started as a carpenter framing houses, then worked on a broad array of construction projects. He is now doing heavy industrial & civil construction for power companies, and infrastructure projects in San Antonio and surrounding areas.

For 23 years Mark has been a very active member of his church, Lifehouse, where he has served as an Elder, Council member, and Children’s Sunday School Teacher. He has participated in several local and international mission trips to bring support to churches, clinics, and schools. Mark has served on the board of The Justice Foundation, a legal defender advancing life, liberty, and justice for over 10 years.

Mark has served as a Republican Party Precinct Chairman for over 30 years and was elected by his fellow precinct chairmen to serve as the Bexar County Republican Party Chairman from 2017-2018. He conducted the local 2018 Primary Election and helped to plan the 2018 Republican State Convention in San Antonio. He was also elected to run the Bexar County Senate District 25 Convention as its chairman twice, including conducting it in San Antonio in 2020—overcoming all the obstacles caused by COVID and local government restrictions to do so.

He has attended 13 Republican Party of Texas (RPT) state conventions as a delegate, and most recently served as the 2020 RPT Platform Committee Chairman. This committee gives voice to more than ten thousand Republican delegates to county and senate district conventions which take place across Texas. At the 2020 State Convention the Republican delegates of Senate District 25 also elected Mark to his third term representing them on the State Republican Executive Committee—the governing body of the Texas GOP, where he has served on various committees. In 2016 he was an alternate to the National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. He also initiated, produced, and published the first Senate District/County Convention Manual that has been widely used across Texas to help organize and run County Conventions.

Mark understands the opportunities and blessings of this great country, and he is dedicated to ensuring that the American Dream is kept alive for future generations to come. When elected to represent HD 122, he will truly be a strong conservative representative of the people and will never stop advocating for Texans’ liberties and rights.

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Texas House District 124 – Josey Garcia (D-San Antonio)

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Josey is wife to Ramon, an Army Purple Heart recipient, together that have a blended family of 8 children, to include adult sons on the Autism Spectrum. Josey is a life-long advocate for families of children with disabilities. Many in our community suffer from various mental health and physical disorders made worse by the stressors of trying to survive and meet family needs.

Enduring her own difficulties as a single mother , working multiple jobs to make ends meet, Josey mentors other mothers who face similar hardships. She understands the need for modernized legislation that supports families first.

Josey is a retired U.S. Air Force Combat Veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her husband, Ramon, is a U.S. Army Purple Heart Combat Veteran who served in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Having been stationed at Lackland Air Force base from 2001 until retirement in 2014, Josey has a unique understanding of the District 124's rich military history and veteran specific issues, as well as issues such as mental health that affect our entire community.

​If elected, she will be the only WOMAN VETERAN in the Texas State House.

CoFounder and CFO of Uniting America Outreach (501c3 nonprofit), Josey's leadership skills and military training help lead a team of youth volunteers to provide support and resources to our communities in need. They were "boots- on the ground" during SNOVID 2021, delivering food and water to thousands of vulnerable residents.

​Since the arrival of over 15,000 migrants to the U.S./Mexico border in September 2021, Josey and the UAO team continue to conduct regular International Humanitarian Missons to Ciudad Acuna, Mexico lending aid to thousands of Haitian, African, and Latin American peoples who walked for 6 months through the jungles to reach the "freedom land", the United States of America.

Having experienced the hopelessness of the foster care system as a young child, Josey is dedicated to policies that protect children in the system and those who age-out. Serious reform is needed to provide placement, support, and hope for the future. Josey currently mentors and advocates for at-risk youth.

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Texas House District 127 – Charles Cunningham (R-Humble)

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Cunningham currently serves on the Humble City Council where he won election with 75% of the vote. Prior to this he served as an Humble ISD Board of Trustee where he built a strong track record of rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse and ensured that our tax dollars were spent wisely and for their intended purpose.

“I am running to ensure that the Texas dream is alive and well for our children and grandchildren,” added Charles Cunningham. “I will stand strong against the progressive, mob mentality that has come to dominate national politics and instead continue to advance conservative solutions to our shared challenges right here in Texas.”

Cunningham, a Distribution Account Consultant for CenterPoint Energy has a B.S.A degree from Our Lady of the Lake University and is a United States Army veteran. His wife Stella is an educator at both the college and the high school level. They have four children and nine grandchildren. They are members of St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in Humble.

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Texas House District 133 – Emilio “Mano” DeAyala (R-Houston)

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Mano DeAyala is a senior partner of Buck Keenan LLP. He serves as counsel to individuals and companies in various industries. His practice concentrates on disputes arising in the oil and gas, contract, real estate, construction, business torts, corporate governance, and employment law fields and involves the representation of clients in domestic and international matters. He has achieved the highest possible peer rating, AV Preeminent, by Martindale-Hubbell, for professional and ethical excellence by his peers. For more than a decade, Mano has been recognized as one of the top Texas Lawyers by Texas Super Lawyers and as one of the top lawyers in the US by Best Lawyers® in America.

Mano’s fast paced law practice has not stopped him from finding time to serve his community. Mano is a member of the “C” Club of Houston having served on the executive committee since 2012 and as President in 2017. He is currently a Trustee of the Houston Region Business Coalition. In April 2017, Governor Greg Abbott appointed Mano to a six-year term on the board of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice where he serves as the Chair of the Business & Finance Committee and also serves as Trustee of the Windham School District. In July 2020, the United States Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President, appointed Mano to a three-year term as an arbitrator to adjudicate trade disputes under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (“USMCA”).

Mano has served on the Board of the Hispanic Leadership Alliance and the Hispanic Republicans of Texas since 2012 and as Chairman since 2017. As chair of Engage Texas, Mano worked closely with the leadership to register over 120,000 conservative Texas voters last election cycle, the largest effort of its kind. In 2020, he served as pro bono election integrity counsel for the Harris County Republican Party. Mano has also served on SBISD’s Finance and Long-Range Planning committees and as a board member of Heritage Ed, a prospective K-8 charter school serving northwest Houston. With the Spring Branch-Memorial Sports Association (SBMSA), Mano was a longtime youth football coach and has served as a board member since 2012.

Along with his four brothers and wife Melissa, Mano graduated from Spring Branch ISD schools, including Memorial High School. He received a BBA (Finance) Degree from the University of Texas (McCombs School of Business) and his law degree from Southern Methodist University. Mano’s sons are also products and graduates of SBISD schools. Mano is fluent in Spanish.

Mano and his wife, Melissa, have been married for 30 years and reside in Houston with their three sons, Marcus, Matthew and Mitchell. They are members of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church.

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Texas House District 147 – Jolanda Jones (D-Houston)

(Note: Jolanda Jones was sworn in earlier this year following a special election and is considered a freshman since she has not yet served during a legislation session.)

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JOLANDA "JO" JONES rose from a childhood of poverty and tragedy to membership in numerous Halls of Fame, a CNN Hero, a 4-time national track and field champion, a basketball All-American, a Rhodes Scholar nominee, a successful business woman, author and an unapologetic human rights activist, a Houston City Council member and school board Trustee, a respected analyst who has interviewed with Roland Martin, Tom Joyner and Jacque Reid, and is on the cover of Curve Magazine.

Today, Jolanda serves as a Texas State Representative for House District 147.

She has a proven track record of leadership, commitment, charitable work and teamwork, and is a highly sought after public speaker. Jolanda was initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, at the University of Houston’s Epsilon Lambda, in Fall 1987. She is a current dues paying member of Mu Kappa Omega!

Jolanda was raised by her single-mom after her dad committed suicide, in her presence. She was confronted with multiple evictions, houses burning down, bullying, rape, domestic violence, being shot at, seeing dead bodies, lack of food, gas, water and electricity and being bullied. She overcame the murder of her brother, aunt and numerous cousins, the SIDS death of her niece, and survived death threats related to her legal practice.

Jolanda has distinguished herself legally, garnering prestigious legal awards. Her courtroom expertise helped shut down Houston Police Department’s Crime Lab that faked lab results that convicted innocents and allowed the guilty to go free. She defeated a powerful politician by reuniting an African mom with her child who that politician had stolen. Her legal acumen has won multiple murder cases and serious felonies. Her business is 24 years old.

She has been the moral conscience and the voice of the disadvantaged and disenfranchised in every elected body in which she has served. She is a go-to person who for fights for and stands up to those who seek to oppress. She grew up in a union household and absolutely believes in the invaluable power of unions.

Jolanda has and continues to improve the lives of her constituents and helps create jobs and opportunities for small and minority businesses. She is a different kind of business woman who is not only committed to business but to her family and humanity by bending the arc of the moral universe towards justice.

To date, Jolanda has saved five lives. One: a gunshot victim. Two: an SUV rollover victim who was ejected on the freeway. Three: a hit and run victim. Four: a victim passed out on a busy street. And her fifth and most notable save, for which she won a HERO Award, was that of a teenager, whose car fell approximately 100 feet off of a freeway interchange, caught fire and exploded seconds after Jolanda and her son extricated her. Jolanda ran 50 meters, with the teenager in her arms, to safety.

If someone is in danger and Jolanda is near, she will be the person who rushes in to save whoever needs saving. Jolanda feels compelled to save people due to the many times she was a victim of circumstance and in need of help combined with her mother’s teachings that she must have the courage to do what is right when it’s easier to do wrong, and that she must help people who, but for her help, would be helpless.

Jolanda is a TV personality who was on CBS’s Survivor Palau and was the star of WE tv’s Sisters in Law. Her second book, Owning My S.H.I.T! (Suffering Hardship Internalizing Trauma), is an Amazon bestseller. She also coauthored ScholAthlete’s Survival Guide ~ Essential Study Skills for the Scholar Athlete.

Jolanda is most proud of her amazing son, Jiovanni, who is a Dean’s List college graduate, and a lawyer.

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