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In late August, I began my Texas bus tour with the goal to recognize, galvanize, and mobilize rural Texans to keep the Lone Star State red.


Here are some video highlights from all the amazing Texas towns I have stopped in.

 

The fun has only just begun…continue to check back for more updates from the road!

Check out our most recent video across North and East Texas and finishing at the San Jacinto Monument…

Our last stop was in Baytown at Floyds Mont Belvieu. It was a fantastic tour through East Texas. I met so many wonderful people and ate some delicious food along the way. It has been a privilege to visit communities all across Texas and learn more about our beautiful state.

BAYTOWN, TX

LA PORTE, TX

I started my tour at the Alamo and ended it at San Jacinto. I’m a huge history buff, and I always enjoy it when I get to visit monuments and museums around Texas (and the world) and reflect on the rich history of our country and state. This bus tour has allowed me to do just that.

We then drove over to Beaumont, where I held my press conference at the Spindletop Gladys City — Boomtown Museum. I had a great time with a family I met showing their kids around the museum…we watched the gusher go off together. I want one of those in my backyard but my wife, Jan, would probably disagree!

BEAUMONT, TX

ORANGE, TX

Next, we headed over to Orange for lunch at the Old Orange Cafe. I was able to shake the hand of everyone at the restaurant and several people told me they had already voted for me!

I needed a quick caffeine break and stumbled upon a great cafe in Lumberton, Hard Bean Coffee. Everywhere I went, people came up and said, “I just voted for you!”

LUMBERTON, TX

SILSBEE, TX

We then headed to Wooden Pallets Ltd. in Silsbee, where I got a tour of the facility and spoke with over 100 of their employees. They asked some great questions. I have always enjoyed learning how products are made and I have learned a lot about the lumber business while visiting East Texas.

I started my morning in Woodville before heading over to Colmesneil for a delicious breakfast at the Bulldog Country Cafe. It was great visiting with so many people from the community.

WOODVILLE, TX

JASPER, TX

I finished my evening in Jasper. I ate a delicious meal at Martin’s Mexican Restaurant and stopped at every table to encourage people to go vote. I also ran into a group of golfers from Montgomery County. We prayed together before dinner.

I then met with some of the members from the Jasper County GOP to discuss legislative priorities and why voting in this election is so important.

When I came out to board the bus to head to Woodville, Texas to stay the night, I felt a moment of great peace when I saw the beautiful church stained glass towering above our big bus. We have been all over this state, well over 100 cities in about 3 weeks. As we come to a close in the next week in this campaign, I thanked God for all the wonderful people I’ve met along the way, the great sites, great laughs, great food, and all I have learned on our road trip. And I thanked God for keeping us safe over the many miles we traveled on our bus tour. We’re now only 12 days away from the election. Please be sure to vote if you haven’t already. We will have a record turnout and every single vote is important.

Next, my team and I stopped at the Eaton’s Hardware Store to get supplies to make a minor bus repair. We met the nicest people while in Corrigan.

We needed to fill up the tank, so we popped into a gas station with a Whataburger attached just to say hi to a few more people and get out the vote! As we were filling up the 150 gallon tank with expensive Joe Biden gas, a little girl with her mom at the station was looking at the bus. We took a photo and I gave her a special pin.

CORRIGAN, TX

LUFKIN, TX

The next stop was 58 Music Cafe while in Lufkin – which is a beautiful Texas town. It was great saying hello to a bunch of friendly folks. The mayor and I got a photo in front of the Lufkin sign, as you can see I made the letter “i” to make the photo complete. It’s one of the photo ops in the city for people traveling through…a pretty cool idea.

Next, we stopped for lunch at County Seat Cafe in Groveton – I ordered the Philly cheesesteak, one of my all time favorite foods, and it was the BEST I’ve ever had! There was a great turnout of Republican women who came to show their support.

GROVETON, TX

ONALASKA, TX

The bus was making great time on the road, so I was able to stop at a coffee shop in Onalaska named Moon Does. I had time for a quick game of checkers. I haven’t played in years and forgot how much fun it is. While there, a few Polk County deputies stopped by to say hello. I remember traveling to Onalaska in the spring of 2020 when the area was hit by a tornado. The community has come together to rebuild after that terrible day.

Then, I made my way over to Trinity to tour a local business, the Patriot Trinity Steel Fabricators. I spoke to around 100 hardworking employees about the importance of voting. I also thanked them for their dedication to the job and showing up to the plant every day.

TRINITY, TX

CROCKETT, TX

I started my morning at the Moosehead Cafe in Crockett to rally the community to get out and vote! A lot of great people were there and the decor in the place was fantastic!

I then headed over to Nacogdoches to meet with the Nacogdoches GOP. It was a packed house! Everywhere I go, I meet people who have fled from blue states and moved to Texas. A couple told me they had been driving around the country to find out where they wanted to move, and while they were listening to the local radio station in Nacogdoches, they heard the next day was “Take your Bible to School Day.” They knew they had found their home.

NACOGDOCHES, TX

JACKSONVILLE, TX

In the afternoon, I needed my caffeine fix so I stopped by the Postmasters Coffee Co. in Jacksonville for an iced tea. There was a great crowd of people and the tea was delicious!

Next, I traveled over to Henderson to tour the West Fraser Lumber Mill. It was a sight to see – and especially impressive seeing a huge tree trunk get cut down into several 2x4s!

HENDERSON, TX

TYLER, TX

Afterwards, I headed over to Tyler for a lunch with Senator Bryan Hughes and several others. Then I went to the Historic Aviation Memorial Museum (HAMM) to speak to the local press about early voting, the election, and what my priorities would be for the upcoming session. If you have never been to HAMM, I highly recommend it. They have a wonderful collection and a great display of handcrafted model airplanes made from scratch.

I started my East Texas tour in Longview at HATCO to take a tour of their facilities and meet the employees. HATCO manufactures both Resistol and Stetson hats, and they also make the hats our brave DPS officers wear. They produce around 7-8 thousand hats a week!

LONGVIEW, TX

I was running early for my next stop so I decided to stop by the beach to admire our beautiful coastline. While there, I met several Texans and we discussed the upcoming election. I met two folks from Dallas enjoying the beautiful day — great Republicans. There’s nothing like campaigning on the beach.

I was honored to be with Senator Lucio to end my night on South Padre Island for two great events at the beautiful South Padre Island Birding Center and later on at the beach to help raise money for scholarships for students in need. He was kind enough to present me with his 2022 Texas Legend Award. Senator Lucio, a conservative pro-life Democrat, is working hard in the Valley for my re-election. He’s a great friend.

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TX

HARLINGEN, TX

I visited the Iwo Jima Monument in Harlingen to pay my respects and remember all of the brave Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice. My dad was a Marine and fought in the South Pacific in WWII. There is an interesting story connected to the flag and Harlingen. The first soldier in the group is Harlon Block. He was born in the Valley. He wasn’t officially identified as the soldier who planted the flag until 1947. Here is more on the monument.

Next, I headed to the Capital of Handmade Boots, Mercedes, Texas! I got a tour of the Rios of Mercedes Boot Company and got to see firsthand how they make their boots. They turn out hundreds of pairs of boots a week and sell them to retailers across Texas, like Cavenders, Boot Barn, and others. Owners Ryan and Jode have continued the family tradition of making great boots.

MERCEDES, TX

BROWNSVILLE, TX

Lunch in Brownsville was a wonderful event. It’s great to meet people from across the Valley when I go table to table to introduce myself and tell them about the upcoming election. Everywhere I go, I hear people say, “you’ve got my vote!”

Adam Hinojosa, to the right, is running for the Texas Senate. If elected, he would be the first Republican in history from the Valley to be elected to the Texas Senate. His district goes from Nueces County to Cameron County.

Next, I headed to Port Isabel to check out their historic lighthouse and walk down Pirate’s Landing. Everywhere I go on the bus tour, I meet new Texans. This couple moved from Chicago. They introduced themselves to me and said they could not get to Texas quick enough.

Henry, the owner of Rio Grande Distillery, came up and gave me a tour of his establishment. He’s a reformed moonshiner who now makes legal whiskey. He has a great bar with a great atmosphere. He had his dad’s old guitar behind the bar so we sang a short tune together.

PORT ISABEL, TX

LOS FRESNOS, TX

On the last day of my Rio Grande Valley Tour, I began my day at Julia’s Restaurant and had a Texas-sized breakfast taco! I spoke with people from the local community about the issues they would like to see addressed after the election. They are ready to get out and cast their vote for me for re-election this November.

To end my night, I spoke to the Cameron County GOP in Harlingen at SMOKE: Texas BBQ & Watering Hole. These folks know how important the upcoming elections are, and they are ready to tell their friends, family, and neighbors to get out and vote RED! Everywhere I went yesterday, I met Republicans—as a club, just saying hi on the streets, and in the businesses. There is a real red wave building in the Rio Grande Valley.

HARLINGEN, TX

DONNA, TX

Next in Donna, I ate dinner at Moran’s Pizzeria and was welcomed by an excited crowd and their great Mayor, Rick Morales, and our great veterans. The restaurant was packed to the brim with people from the Valley who are looking forward to the elections in November and to cast their vote for the Republican Party. The Donna High School Boys Golf Team was also there. They won the Donna ISD Golf Invitational this year, congratulations to them!

As I was driving through Alamo near the border, I popped into a local barber shop. They were surprised to have the Lt. Governor walk in. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to get a haircut…I’m always moving quickly…but nothing beats a good barber and a friendly face.

ALAMO, TX

SAN JUAN, TX

I was stunned when I walked through the doors of the Gelman Stained Glass Museum in San Juan. This is a beautiful museum with incredible antique works of art — it contains stained glass collected from North American churches that have closed their doors. A lot of the collection dates back to 100-150 years ago. I met some wonderful ladies while visiting and they said they were all voting for me before I could even ask!

Next, we went way “Pharr” south to check out Evergreen Cold Storage in Pharr, Texas, and get a tour of their state-of-the-art facility. Evergreen receives the produce and it is then shipped out across the country. It got a little chilly but I must say, it was nice to briefly escape the Texas heat!

PHARR, TX

MCALLEN, TX

After lunch, I stopped at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce for a brief press conference with several local media outlets, where I encouraged everyone to go out and vote in November. As long as Texas is operating under conservative leadership, we can keep our communities safe and our economy strong. This is a crucial election and it is critical that every patriot turn up to the polls to KEEP TEXAS RED. Grab a family member, friend, neighbor, or co-worker, and go vote!

Mainstream media says we’re not talking to the press, but we’ve been talking to local media everywhere we go. Across rural Texas, I’ve done over 60 interviews and held open press conferences in every media market I’ve visited. The Texas Tribune and Dallas Morning News think they get to decide what is newsworthy and what is not. They don’t.

It was then time for lunch, so I headed over to Nana’s Taqueria in Weslaco to grab a bite. The food in the RGV is spectacular and this is yet another place to add to your Texas bucket list. The owners, Alfredo and Roxy, were spectacular hosts. On Monday, they won an award on Good Morning America for their cultural impact on the community.

WESLACO, TX

MISSION, TX

My first stop the next morning was in Mission in the Rio Grande Valley at Delia’s. They specialize in tamales (offering 18 types) and let me tell you…they did not disappoint. It’s no surprise they are a local household name. If you’re ever in the RGV, I highly recommend visiting them. I had a delicious breakfast with Senator Lucio, a great man who has served 32 years in the Texas Senate and has endorsed me for re-election.

Following breakfast, I paid a visit to the border to get the latest briefing, to meet with our DPS agents and the National Guard, and to get a closer look at this gigantic crisis firsthand. These men and women are doing an incredible job, working long hours to keep our country and border safe. Unfortunately, they are getting NO help from the Biden White House.

Later, I had a great fajita dinner at Costa Messa in McAllen with Senator Eddie Lucio. He is a 32-year member of the Texas Senate. I’m proud to have his endorsement.

Senator Lucio joined me at the Hidalgo County GOP headquarters afterward to speak with a large group of fired-up conservatives who don’t want to see Texas turn into California! I am getting Texans energized across the state to get to the polls in November and keep Texas RED!

MCALLEN, TX

LAREDO, TX

Next, I headed over to Laredo to speak with local media and discuss the important issues the people in the Valley care about.

Next, we stopped for lunch at the wonderful SuKasa in Hebbronville. We had a full house. Several years ago, many of the people I met yesterday were Democrats, but after their party turned into the radical woke left and abandoned them, they made the switch to the Republican Party. The party that values life, God, law and order, and secure borders.

After lunch, I had some extra time and was invited to take a look at this overflow detention center. This area, and Del Rio, have processed as many migrants as New York City, around 8,000, and the NYC Mayor who presides over eight million people wants to call in the National Guard.

Ryan Guillen, the Texas House Member in that area, used to be a Democrat but after the mishandling of the border and radicalization of the left, has now become a Republican. Welcome to the right side!

HEBBRONVILLE, TX

FREER, TX

This week, the bus tour goes to the Rio Grande Valley — where Hispanics are changing parties at a historic pace!

I started my day in the town of Freer, at the family-owned and operated Muy Grande. I popped in to fill up my bus tank with gas and I left my stamp on the place with an official “Dan Patrick” yard sign out front.

Then, we headed down the road to see the World’s Largest Rattlesnake up close. It stands seven feet high and 14 feet long, constructed of concrete and steel. Freer is home to the Official Rattlesnake Roundup of Texas, it was very impresssssive.

Not that long ago seeing a Republican billboard in the RGV would have been a rare sight in a blue county. Not anymore. I spotted this billboard alongside the road and had to stop to take a picture of it. I agree wholeheartedly…if you want to save jobs and stop inflation, you’ve got to vote Republican!

Here’s my latest video from my visit to West Texas!

We still have a ways to go and I’m looking forward to meeting folks from all over this great state. We must all get out, take our energy and enthusiasm to the polls, and vote — because the future of Texas depends on it.

SEYMOUR, TX

For my last dinner on this tour, we stopped at the Rock Inn in Seymour. I had the pleasure to meet some hardworking teenagers and although they can’t vote yet, they assured me they would register to vote when they turn 18! Shelly, the restaurant baker, made a lemon meringue pie special for me, I said it was so good it would have made my grandmother proud.

My evening event with the conservative members of Seymour had a great turnout and I enjoyed speaking with them.

The last stop on this North Texas tour was in Olney, where I wrapped up my evening. Another great tour under wraps!

As a huge cinema fan, I knew I had to stop at the Royal Theater in Archer City, the filming location for the 1971 film ‘The Last Picture Show.’ I soon got a craving for a banana split so I headed to the local Dairy Queen with the Sheriff and other law enforcement for a quick bite.

The sheriff told us about the site of the retired and historic D.S. Dudley Show in Mankins, so I had to take a look. From 1914 to the 1970s, this wild west circus show was the town’s main industry. 

ARCHER CITY, TX

WICHITA FALLS, TX

After, my team and I were hungry so we headed to The Branding Iron in Wichita Falls for a delicious barbeque lunch. I sat down with several other lunch-goers and happened to meet two of the local golf pros.

If I know there is a car museum within a 50-mile radius, I always try to visit. P’s Crazy Car Museum had an exceptional collection, I was considering breaking my wife, Jan’s, rule about one classic car at a time but I held back. If you’re ever in Wichita Falls I highly recommend you give them a visit!

I then headed to my press conference at the Wichita Falls Museum of Arts at MSU Texas to speak to the local press and continue to spread my message and goal to recognize, galvanize, and mobilize rural Texans to vote in November and to vote RED!

Next, we headed to Henrietta to get out the vote and meet people within the Clay County Community.

HENRIETTA, TX

NOCONA, TX

After breakfast in Bowie, we headed to Nocona to visit the Nokona Baseball Glove Factory. WOW, was it cool! I had a Nokona glove growing up and it was so interesting to see how they are made, see the retro gloves from the early 1900s, and how they have changed their design over the years. I bought a new glove for myself, too!

To start off day 11, I made a stop at the famous Bowie Knife in Bowie!

At breakfast, there was a full house and I was able to greet everyone and shake their hand. Everywhere I go, I encourage people to get to the polls in November and tell their friends, family, and neighbors how important it is for rural Texas to show up and vote red.

BOWIE, TX

DECATUR, TX

In Decatur, I had a great dinner at Villa Grande Ranch and went table to table greeting all the patrons. They are excited to get to the polls and show the nation there will be no blue wave in Texas.

I ended the night at the Conference Center in Decatur to get the community energized for election season. Conservative policies ensure the Lone Star State remains strong and as we know, the world needs a strong America and America needs a strong Texas!

In Gainesville, I spoke to employees and town members at Safran Seats, who manufacture airline seats for nearly every airline, about the need to keep Texas red, my legislative priorities, and the values Texans hold dear to their hearts. I also got a tour of their factory, I love learning about the different products manufactured in Texas.

GAINESVILLE, TX

SHERMAN, TX

After lunch, the bus took me over to Sherman for my press conference. I love visiting old theaters in Texas and this one has been a part of their community since the 1930s. I spoke with local reporters and tried to hammer home my very important message that rural Texans are vital to keeping our state red and we need you all to get out and vote this November.

Next stop, a delicious barbeque lunch at a local gem, Hickory BBQ. I was able to have an intimate sit down with the County Sheriff, Mayor, City Planner, and several other vital members of the community.

BONHAM, TX

GREENVILLE, TX

Next, I headed to Greenville to speak and meet with local law enforcement, the Mayor, and fired-up conservatives. For the first time in my career, I had a Judge recess his court so I could meet him while I was in town.

We are now in the double digits for days on the road on my 131 city bus tour! We started the day in Sulphur Springs at Pioneer Cafe. We had a great turnout. I spoke to a lot of great folks who are excited for a red wave across Texas.

SULPHUR SPRINGS, TX

PARIS, TX

Our last stop of the day was in the iconic Paris, Texas. We stopped at Capizzi’s for a delicious meal. I had to travel all the way to Paris to enjoy a delicious Italian dinner! Sheriff Scott Cass and I took a photo under the Eiffel Tower, then I had a great conversation with the GOP members of Lamar County. It was another successful day on my bus tour.

After, we stopped in Red River County, in Clarksville. County Judge Williamson showed me the courthouse annex and introduced me to everyone.

CLARKSVILLE, TX

TEXARKANA, TX

Next, my team and I headed over to Texarkana for a press conference where I met with the County Judge, Appeals Court Justices, and Sheriff. I was lucky enough to get to tour the famous and historic Perot Theater shortly after. Constructed in 1924, this theater is a work of art and was named the most beautifully designed theatre in the state back in 2018.

Then, we made our way to Linden, Texas for lunch at Uncle Juan’s Mexican Restaurant, a local Tex-Mex favorite. It was a PACKED house. The people of Cass County are enthusiastic and adamant in their belief that Texas must remain red.

I got a kick out of this gentleman’s hat, which said, “Donkey Pox: The Disease Destroying America!”

While in Cass County, I was able to get a photo op with the oldest continually operating courthouse in the Lone Star State. A truly beautiful and important building.

LINDEN, TX

GILMER, TX

Next, Senator Hughes and I stopped at Robroy Industries Raceway Division in Gilmer. I have been stopping at several different types of businesses across the state, and almost every business has been a leader in its field. Businesses come to Texas because we give them the tools to thrive economically.

I started day nine on the road at the popular breakfast spot, Jucy’s Hamburgers, in Marshall. I spoke with several excited county officials and precinct chairs who are looking forward to the elections in November. They reiterated how important it is to get everyone out to the polls this fall.

MARSHALL, TX

KERMIT, TX

We stopped for dinner at Poor Daddy’s Smokehouse BBQ in Kermit for a meet and greet with the Winkler Co. GOP. It was another fantastic week out on the road!

Next, we stopped in Wink to explore the Roy Orbison Museum. Roy Orbison is my favorite musician and the proprietor let me try on his famous glasses — a memory I will never forget.

WINK, TX

MIDLAND, TX

After lunch, we visited the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum for a press conference.

Following the tour, I got a Texas-sized welcome from the wonderful folks at The Legendary Barn Door in Odessa. You can always tell you’re in West Texas when the crowd cheers “yee-haw” after reciting the Texas pledge!

The woman pictured in the bottom left photo below asked for a picture but had an injured foot, so I got down on a knee for the photo op. When I did, she jokingly accepted “my proposal” – and I said, “I now pronounce you constituent and voter!”

ODESSA, TX

ANDREWS, TX

After breakfast, we made our way to Andrews, Texas to tour The Kirby Company manufacturing facility. Jim Kirby created the first Kirby vacuum cleaner in 1906. They are 100 percent American-made. It was great to get a closer look at their production process and meet some of their fantastic employees, too.

I kicked off Wednesday morning at the Hotel Settles Grill in Big Spring, where I had breakfast with future Senator Kevin Sparks, and others. Hotel Settles is historic and greets guests with true Texas hospitality!

BIG SPRING, TX

SEMINOLE, TX

Our last stop was in Seminole at JNL Steel Components, Inc., where I met with the Gaines County GOP. An excellent end to an excellent day!

We stopped for an early dinner at Platinum H Steakhouse. Great conversation was had with some of the folks who came out to show their support. It was nice chatting with everyone.

BROWNFIELD, TX

LUBBOCK, TX

Next, we went to the American Windmill Museum (AWM) in Lubbock. I held a brief press conference before I sat down with Ryan Chandler from KAMC Lubbock to talk about public education and school safety, the upcoming election, and more.

After the interview, I got a tour of the museum from Sandra Harris, the Executive Director of AWM. Her husband, Shelley, was named the TxDOT Employee of the Year this week, and after seeing some of his work at the museum firsthand, rightfully so! Shelley designed and engineered this entire train station – some photos below. I must say…I’ve never seen anything like it in my entire life.

Then we popped over to Cooks Garage for a private visit with the owners. We also ran into some supporters while walking around the place – it’s always nice to make some new friends!

For lunch, we went to 509 Restaurant in Levelland. The food was spectacular and the company was even better, the owner asked me to sign her wall and I happily obliged. This great group of men and women are energized to KEEP TEXAS RED and get people to the polls to vote Republican up and down the ballot!

LEVELLAND, TX

LITTLEFIELD, TX

Following breakfast, we headed over to Littlefield to tour the Continental Dairy Facilities Southwest. Their plant churns out a whopping 300 sticks of butter a minute! At the end of the tour, we got to taste some of their freshly made butter…it was wonderful!

After, we stopped at Waymore’s Liquor Store, owned by James Jennings, the last living brother of Waylon Jennings. The store is packed with all sorts of memorabilia. James and I had a wonderful conversation and even sang a couple of songs together! If you’re driving through Littlefield, you’ve got to stop at Waymore’s.

We started our 7th day on the road in Plainview with breakfast at a local favorite, Taqueria Jalisco. I spoke with a handful of locals and several law enforcement officers were able to join in on the fun, too.

PLAINVIEW, TX

HEREFORD, TX

We went to dinner at Dakota’s Steakhouse in Hereford, before heading to our final stop for a meet and greet with Deaf Smith Co. GOP. It was a long yet rewarding day on the road!

After the tour at Bell, we did some sightseeing at Palo Duro Canyon. The sweeping views did not disappoint. The canyon also has an amphitheater, which features seasonal performances on the history of Texas. There is certainly a reason for it being a top tourist attraction in the Lone Star State…another place I would recommend visiting if you get the chance.

CANYON, TX

AMARILLO, TX

Then we visited the Hodgetown Baseball Stadium – the home of the Amarillo Sod Poodles. I held a brief press conference before getting a private tour of the ballpark. It was great fun, I always enjoy traveling to the various sports stadiums across the Lone Star State.

We continued on to Bell Helicopter’s Textron Plant, where we got to see some of the cool things they are working on. It was fascinating to see the inner workings of a major helicopter company up close.

After lunch, we made our way to Groom, Texas to see The Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

It is the largest free-standing cross in the western hemisphere – clocking in at 19 stories high and weighing 2.5 million pounds – it is truly a sight to behold. If you haven’t had the chance to go see it in person, it is worth the trip.

In addition, there are beautiful statues of the 13 stations of the cross, the Last Supper, and of Calvary.

GROOM, TX

PAMPA, TX

Next, I headed to Coney Island Cafe in Pampa to spread the message to keep Texas red and get people excited to get out and vote! The restaurant was packed…so I threw on a t-shirt and got to work alongside the staff, serving hot dogs and pie – Coney Island Cafe specialties – to some of the patrons!

I then stopped at Phillips 66’s Borger Refinery for an open conversation about the oil and gas industry in Texas – which is the lifeblood of both our country and state. If the Democrats are elected this November, it will be destroyed overnight. We cannot let that happen.

Legend has it that the “Phillips 66” name was coined when a car testing the fuel hit 66 miles per hour!

BORGER, TX

DUMAS, TX

I had an early start on my 131-city bus tour Monday morning at Frida’s Burritos in Dumas, where I met with a full house of patrons, alongside Judge Rowdy Rhoades, Sheriff Morgan W. Hightower, Mayor Bob Brinkmann, and so many others. Future Texas Senator Kevin Sparks also joined us for breakfast and a ride on the bus afterward…it was a great start to the day.

I have visited 28 cities since I began my bus tour and the fun has only just begun. I am energized and excited to travel across the state to meet rural Texans and see their beautiful communities!

Watch my latest video to see all the amazing Texas towns I have stopped in.

WACO, TX

I wrapped up the day with an event in Waco with Senator Birdwell. It’s been a great week!

I then spoke at a business lunch and later to a group of 100 or so retired teachers in Bell County. Our teachers are so important in the state of Texas and I have made it a priority to take care of them, even after they have retired.

BELL COUNTY, TX

BELTON, TX

I started off the next day in Belton, Texas. I gave a speech on leadership to the baseball team at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Afterward, I took to the field for some infield ground balls at second and third, as well as some pitching. It’s been 50 years since I last pitched from the mound but I have to say, I still brought the heat. I’ll have some video on that later. UMHB is a great school and these young men are great leaders on and off the field.

We had an exceptional crowd at our final stop in Stephenville. I encouraged them to vote this November and to tell their friends, family, neighbors, everyone…to get out and VOTE RED!

STEPHENVILLE, TX

COMANCHE, TX

After that, I stopped for a wonderful dinner at Star Beau’s. I had great conversation with Senator Birdwell, Comanche County Judge Stephanie Davis and Comanche Sheriff Chris Pounds. I also met a few patrons from the area.

During my visit to Eastland, I took a tour of EBAA Iron and met some of the fine folks from the area. I enjoy touring manufacturing plants in Texas because I am a huge supporter of ‘Made in the USA’ and an even bigger supporter of ‘Made in Texas.’

EASTLAND, TX

ABILENE, TX

After lunch, I headed to Abilene to talk to the local news outlets about my 131-city bus tour, getting rural voters out to the polls, and the horrible policies the ‘woke’ democrats would implement if they were to win Texas.

I headed over to Albany for lunch and ate at one of the best hidden gems. The Beehive had one of the greatest meals I have ever had, and I don’t say that lightly. The owner, Ali Esfandiary, has an amazing story and the staff was so attentive and helpful. Ali fled Iran and came to America. He joined our Air Force and became a citizen. He helped his daughter open two great restaurants. He loves and praises America every day. I was also able to speak to the local Kiwanis group while there and spread the message to get to the polls this fall. If ever near Albany, Texas or Abilene, you must eat at the Beehive… it’s fabulous.

ALBANY, TX

ANSON, TX

Next, I drove over to Anson to visit their courthouse and the town employees who work hard to keep their community running smoothly. We brought the rain with us and I know they were happy to see it!

Professor Floyd Holder IV from Western Texas College came out to hear me speak the night prior in Snyder with several of his students, and then a couple of high school seniors who are taking his course came to visit me while in Anson. They are taking dual credit courses to earn both high school and college credit. Professor Holder is an inspiration to these students. 

I started day five of my 131-city bus tour across Texas at Kinfolks Grill in Sweetwater. I was happy to see several city officials and local leaders come out to visit and discuss ways to better energize voters for the November elections. 

SWEETWATER, TX

SNYDER, TX

Our last stop was in Snyder where I spoke to several conservatives and encouraged them to vote this November and to tell their friends, family, neighbors, everyone… to get out and VOTE RED!

I ended up stopping for dinner at Mary’s Cafe in Colorado City. If you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend their hamburger steak, so delicious! I met several law enforcement officers and had an impromptu radio interview with the County Judge.

COLORADO CITY, TX

STERLING CITY, TX

After San Angelo, we drove into Sterling City to visit the County Courthouse and visited an old jailhouse that was built back in 1912.

After lunch, I traveled to San Angelo for a press conference at the Cactus Hotel, built in the 1920s, by Conrad Hilton. This historic hotel stands 14 stories high and is still the tallest building in San Angelo. I love efficiency and at this stop, I was able to speak on my 131-city bus tour through rural Texas to local news outlets while also touring an iconic landmark.

We stopped in M. L. Leddy’s boot shop after and got a special look at how their boots were made, but more on that in a special report later.

SAN ANGELO, TX

BALLINGER, TX

I stopped for lunch in Ballinger at Main Street Soda Fountain and met up with the Mayor and the Sheriff. I was able to meet several local patrons and encouraged them to get out and vote this fall.

I sat down and apologized to the couple at the table for having to eat lunch staring at my face staring at them (see the photo above!)

Next, we traveled further into Central Texas to check out a local bank and to meet people within the Coleman community.

COLEMAN, TX

BROWNWOOD, TX

I started day four of my 131-city bus tour across Texas at Sissy’s Red Wagon in Brownwood. The owner, Angelique, had a great sign on the door. Back in 2007, when I was elected into the Texas Senate, I passed legislation to place the words “In God, We Trust” in the Senate Chamber, placed Under God in our state pledge, and later as Education Chair passed a bill to allow students to say “Merry Christmas” in our public schools. So you know I loved her sign.

I ended the night at the Tegeler Chevrolet Buick Dealership in Goldthwaite to get the community energized for election season. Conservative policies ensure the Lone Star State remains strong and as we know, the world needs a strong America and America needs a strong Texas!

GOLDTHWAITE, TX

GATESVILLE, TX

The next stop was a delicious dinner in Gatesville at a local favorite. Junction on Route 36 was a great time, the owner is a true Elvis lover and his memorabilia was displayed across the restaurant. 

Late afternoon, I headed over to Temple to visit the McLane Distribution Center which buys, sells, and delivers more than 50,000 different products to over 100,000 locations across the U.S. I enjoyed meeting everyone around the plant and seeing how everything was run.

TEMPLE, TX

WACO, TX

I am a huge fan of old movies so it was only fitting to hold one of my re-election press conferences at the historic Hippodrome Theater in Waco. My goal is to recognize, galvanize, and mobilize rural Texans to vote for not only me, but all conservatives in November.

For lunch, I traveled to Marlin and met up with Senator Birdwell to speak with local folks. I love a Texas diner, the memorabilia on the walls reminded me of the westerns of my childhood!

Later, I traveled to the local middle school to congratulate the administration on their B rating. Just two years ago, Marlin ISD had an F rating, and under Superintendent Henson and the entire school district staff, with old fashioned hard-work and requiring students to attend classes on campus, they now have a B rating.

MARLIN, TX

BRYAN, TX

On my travels, I plan to stop at Texas businesses across the state. I stopped at Sanderson Farms in Bryan, Texas. Their plant processes 300 chickens a minute, that’s 1.3 million birds a week! It was truly a site to see. They are working hard to not only feed Texans but the entire nation.

I started day three of my 131-city bus tour across Texas at a ‘rockin’ coffee shop in Navasota. As an avid musician, it was great to stop at Classic Rock Coffee & Kitchen for breakfast and to mobilize local voters to get out this November and vote red up and down the ballot.

It was wonderful to see a group of young conservatives while I was speaking, they are our future and it is always nice to meet young Republicans who wish to keep this country on the right track.

NAVASOTA, TX

HOUSTON, TX

Earlier Saturday, I visited the Battleship Texas on one of its last days at San Jacinto.

U.S.S. Texas was built in 1914. The last of its kind has been docked at San Jacinto Battlefield since April 1948. On Wednesday, August 31st, it will be towed to Galveston dry dock for major repairs. It has an unbelievable history. She saw action in WWI and WWII. Amazingly with all of its battles in the Pacific and Atlantic, only one sailor was killed in battle in 34 years of service. She had up to 1,800 crew on board.

As Lt. Governor, I have led the way to make funding this historic ship repair and move a priority, as I have done for the Alamo. We must preserve our great history for current and future generations.

On Saturday night, I traveled to College Station to speak to around 400 of our great State Guard volunteers at the Texas State Guard Leaders Conference. The State Guard is a wonderful organization made up of over 1,800 Texans – they are our volunteer civilian soldiers that help keep Texas safe.

A member of the State Guard said to me, “my mom, Nancy, is going to be so jealous, she would love to meet you!” We tried to FaceTime her but there was no answer, so l left Nancy a voicemail!

COLLEGE STATION, TX

CYPRESS, TX

The next day, On Friday, August 26th, I traveled back to Houston for a sold-out event in Cypress with the Cy-Fair Republican Women. Great food and great fun!

Here’s a short video of me traveling around the state…you can click here to watch!

KYLE, TX

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I ended my night in Kyle to visit with the Hays County GOP. I was joined by Senator Donna Campbell, Congressman Chip Roy, and former Senator Dawn Buckingham, who is running for Texas Land Commissioner. I met with several energized conservatives who are eager to get out and vote and spread the word across their community to keep Texas RED.

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I then headed back into Bexar County to speak at the 35th Annual Legal Seminar on Ad Valorem Taxation. I talked about property tax reform and the historic measures passed this past session and special session, including increasing the homestead exemption for every homeowner from $15,000 to $40,000, saving Texans thousands of dollars over the lifetime of their homes. I have worked hard to keep Texans’ taxes low and our economy strong – I will never give up on that fight.

SAN ANTONIO, TX

PLEASANTON, TX

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I started day two of my 131-city bus tour across Texas in Pleasanton with Senator Pete Flores. We met with some local leaders at Plaza Tapatio Mexican Grill to eat some delicious breakfast tacos and mobilize locals to get out and vote RED this November. I also got to meet the owners of the restaurant! It was great fun.

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Next, I headed to Boerne for a Comal County GOP event. I stopped by their headquarters to pick up a few local grassroots leaders and then headed to Tusculum Brewing for the main event.

I ended the evening with a delicious dinner at a local favorite, Cibolo Creek Brewing Co.

BOERNE, TX

NEW BRAUNFELS, TX

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While out and about, I stopped by the historic Comal County Courthouse. I appreciate Judge Waldrip showing me around. I love to tour our Texas courthouses…there’s always something new to see and learn. A true Texas gem!

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On Wednesday, August 24th, we launched our fall campaign’s statewide bus tour in San Antonio at the Alamo. It was an exciting and jam-packed day! I got to visit with tons of Texans — and I’m looking forward to meeting plenty more along the way.

Fifty percent of the Republican vote comes from rural Texas. My goal is to recognize, galvanize, and mobilize rural Texans to keep the Lone Star State red. If you missed my press release announcing my bus tour, you can read it here.

SAN ANTONIO, TX

August 24 – 25

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