There were many reasons that I campaigned hard for Donald Trump in Texas. The Supreme Court and border security were critical, but energy was also near top of my list. I knew that having a Democrat in the White House for four more years would devastate our oil and gas industry. In conversations with President-elect Trump and his team, it is clear that he understands that too, which is why Rick Perry is the perfect choice. Rick will remove the shackles the Democrats have put on our energy sector and assure that America effectively reaches its energy potential.
When I am speaking around the state, I frequently say that “Texas is what the rest of America wants to be.” There is no better way to move the country forward than by putting Texas leaders in key positions. The appointments of Rick Perry to Energy and Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State are not just good for Texas, they are good for America.
Last week Senator Joan Huffman, R-Houston, filed one of my top legislative priorities SB 13 – the Union Dues bill. This legislation will ensure that taxpayer funds are not used to support the collection of union dues. Collecting dues is clearly not the role of government, and it certainly should not be done at taxpayer expense. This bill places government in its appropriate neutral position and lets unions collect their own membership dues. You can read my full statement here.
Thank you for showing your support for the Texas men and women in law enforcement last week by entering our #BacktheBlue Christmas Ornament Giveaway. The winner has been notified and will receive their “Back the Blue” Christmas ornament soon. I’d love to see how you are showing your support for Texas first responders this Christmas. Post your pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #BacktheBlueChristmas.
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