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My Decision To Continue My Service As Your State Representative

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On Monday, November 28, I made official a decision that I have previously shared with my family, friends and supporters.  I will be running for re-election to serve another term in the Texas House of Representatives as the State Representative for southwestern Denton County.  For me, the decision to run for re-election was easy.  While we have accomplished much for our future during my short time in office, I recognize that there are still many challenges ahead to overcome in order to continue to keep Texas the best place to live, work and raise a family.

While difficult at times, this most recent legislative session yielded many positive outcomes, but much work continues to be necessary in order to address the critical issues facing Texas today.  My message to Denton County is one of fiscal responsibility, limited government, strengthening free market principles, growing our state’s economy, curbing illegal immigration and protecting the traditional family values that we share.

I am proud to carry the banner of fiscal responsibility into the future as your Representative.  In my opinion, nothing creates private sector jobs faster than low taxes and responsible spending plans that do not burden taxpayers with bloated budgets that they cannot afford.  Nothing exemplifies this more than Texas.  Over the last year while lawmakers cut state spending and kept our taxes low, our state’s economy grew and added over 286,000 private sector jobs.

I was proud to be a part of this accomplishment last session, along with other key victories, such as: strengthening our election integrity, enacting first in the nation laws to require companies to publicly disclose the contents of their fracking fluids, curbing frivolous lawsuits and making other modifications to keep Texas’ business climate the best in the nation.  Additionally, I was pleased to author a number of new laws to end wasteful government spending, protect children from abuse and neglect, promote local economic development projects, reduce voter registration fraud, improve lake recreational safety and eliminate erroneous regulations on private businesses.

My performance as your State Representative has earned several key recognitions.  Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, the leading taxpayer advocacy group in Texas, awarded me the Taxpayer Champion award for my fiscally responsible approach toward addressing the state budget.  Likewise, I earned the Texas Association of Business’ Fighter for Free Enterprise designation based upon my pro-business, free market voting record.  The Young Conservatives of Texas recently placed me on their Historic Honor Roll, just as Eagle Forum designated me as one of the top 16 Conservative Members of the Texas House.

Next session we will again write a budget that sets priorities and funds our most necessary public services as efficiently as possible.  It will not be easy and it will require principled lawmakers who are willing to make the difficult decisions necessary to secure our continued prosperity, which is why I am running for re-election.

As I stated before, I recognize that there are still many challenges ahead to overcome in order for us to continue to keep Texas the best place to live, work and raise a family.  I look forward to answering that call with the honor of serving another term as your State Representative.

As always, it is a privilege to serve you in the Texas House of Representatives and I welcome your feedback on this and any other critical state issues.  If you would like to share a thought with me, please feel free to contact me at my Capitol office at 512.463.0688 or by e-mail at tan.parker@house.state.tx.us

 

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