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Lieutenant Governor

Four-year term. Must be at least 30 years old, a U.S. citizen, and a Texas resident for the five years immediately preceding the election. Among duties as part of both the Executive and Legislative branches: assumes powers of Governor when Governor is absent or unable to serve; acts as President of the Senate; by statute, is a member of several Legislative branch boards and committees. The salary is that of a state senator when serving as President of the Texas Senate and that of the Governor when serving as Governor.Plazo de cuatro años. Debe tener por lo menos 30 años de edad, ser ciudadano de Estados Unidos y residente de Texas durante cinco años inmediatamente antes de las elecciones. Deberes como miembro de la administración ejecutiva y de la legislatura: asume la función del gobernador cuando el gobernador está ausente o no pueda servir; actúa como Presidente del Senado; por ley, el Vice Gobernador es miembro de varias ramas directivas y comités de la Legislatura. El salario del Vice Gobernador es el mismo que el de un senador estatal cuando es Presidente del Senado de Texas y recibe el salario de gobernador cuando actúa como Gobernador.
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    Mike Collier (Dem) CPA/Consultant

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    Michael Cooper (Dem) Retired - Automotive Executive - Pastor - Psychologist

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    Scott Milder (Rep) Public Relations/Small Business Owner

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    Dan Patrick (Rep) Lieutenant Governor of Texas

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Biographical Information

Background: What training, experience, and characteristics qualify you for this position?

Election laws & voting rights: What specific measures, if any, would you take to improve voter registration, access to voting, voter turnout and the redistricting process? Why?

Health Care: What specific reforms, if any, would you propose in state health care policy to address the cost and access to health care? Explain.

Infrastructure: Referring to water, energy, public education, transportation, what specific measures do you propose to meet the states growing infrastructure needs? Explain rationale.

What other issues do you believe will be most pressing in the next session of the Texas Legislature, and what is your position on these issues?

Campaign Phone (832) 544-9050
Education BBA MBA
Worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers for 22 years, 10 as partner. Learned to diagnose problems and provide leadership to solve them, with integrity. Suzanne and I met in college, married 28 years, two wonderful sons, one fabulous daughter-in-law.
I will oppose any law that disenfranchises voters, such as discriminatory voter ID. I will support and champion any law that promotes enfranchisement and voting such as paid time off on Election Day. I intend to kill gerrymandering in Texas by converting to a Redistricting Commission model. And I believe strongly in civics and history education in public schools.
Texas should expand Medicaid (the business community is with me) but we should also reform Medicaid so that it marries well with the requirements of medical service providers. We should seek to optimize ACA, not destroy it. Pre-existing conditions should be covered, there should be no lifetime coverage limits, and healthcare should be treated as basic human right.
I am public education's staunchest ally. I am voucher's number one foe. We need more money in education in particular and infrastructure in general and the funds must come from closing corporate loopholes and reversing previous cuts to the margin tax which left Texas is terrible shape financially. Taxes on the people who live and work here must not be raised.
Jobs/economic vitality, without destroying Texas or our values. We can have a great business climate AND a great state. Women's health is a huge issue; vilifying Planned Parenthood for political gain has cost countless women their lives and this must be reversed. Public policy in Texas is devoid of compassion, and that must change. Corruption can, and must, be stopped.
Campaign Phone (512) 770-5044
Twitter @cooper4texas
Education Masters in Psychology –GCU-- Bachelors –LAMAR UNIVERSITY - Major in business and minor in Social Work
The Lt. Governor is the most powerful position in the State of Texas, it is a position of leadership. I have been in business since I was self-employed at the age of 16. I have been employed by the same company for over 30 years and for most of that time I was the top manager in the Sales department and I increased profits and expanded our client base for over 27 years in top management positions including finance. I am an automotive Minority candidate to be that I had to be a proven leader to manage multiple millions of dollars of inventory. One of the most things that I am proud of is the ability to motivate people. The automotive business is one of the hardest to be in for one year much less than to master it for 30 years. I am the best leader for all the people of Texas not some.
I will stop discrimination at the polls when it comes to voter ID issues. We had those same issues before with the Jim Crow laws. I have been a civil rights activist since I was 17 years of age and as the Executive director of the NAACP I will continue to fight to make voting easier. All people should have the right to vote without a hassle. We have an app on all of our computers and devices we need to move into the 21st century and come out with mobile electronical ways of making it easier for all to vote and it will also give the flexibility to register to vote. I believe that we can stop gerrymandering by having an independent group that cannot take money from anyone that will be responsible for redistricting.
First of all, we all deserve good quality health care and we can accomplish this with the group that I have pulled together that consist of Doctor’s, nurse, business people and an economist that has 3 Masters in Economics. We are coming up with a program that will pull together most of the 27.8 million Texans to participate in affordable health care for Texans.
With the growth that is going on in Houston, Conroe, Allen and cities like them we need to start think about recycling and repurposing water before it is too late. I saw a business being built and they had solar panels and a drainage system to catch the rain water which will save us millions of gallons of water. We need more clean energy from the wind and other and solar panels, this could be one of the things to have students work on in high school to come up with more cost-efficient ways to produce energy. I think we under estimate our students. In recent days, we have seen the children from the school that the shooting took place in, make a difference in the conversation about gun laws. We need to introduce curriculum in high schools that will include vocational classes that will allow an 18-year-old to graduate with either a certificate or a degree that will allow them to graduate and be workforce ready. With this type of training this would take care of a youth from worrying about a minimum wage to having a maximum wage that will allow them to participate in incomes upwards of 50-70,000 per year after graduation. We need to include robotics and artificial intelligence in these classes. When it comes to infrastructure we need to rebuild any school that is more than 75 years of age. We had a school in Beaumont, that was destroyed after the Hurricane and none of the 10.3-billion-dollar rainy day money was to rebuild the school after 39 trillion gallons of water fail over Beaumont, Texas and surrounding area. We also need to make sure that every bridge in the state of Texas is passable and that every free road is fixed and complete in a timely manner. We need good highways that are not toll roads that are privately owned.
We need to make sure that in the next session that we deal with the #metoo movement. We need multiple people that a person feels that is safe to talk to about a harassment issues in the work place. We need legislature that holds businesses and people accountable for sexual or any other form of harassment in the work place. We need to hold people that are aware of or have any eye witness information to help support the claim of harassment. Those laws should also include sexual assaults that happen in colleges and public places. I will like to drill down to the next level and hold people in the work place and community accountable for any verbal abuse and/or verbal harassment. I want to work on laws that push equal pay for women. I will work on the socioeconomically disparities that exist in minority communities which include old schools. I will stop standardized testing and have the teachers spend more time teaching and not teaching towards testing. I will have big businesses in Texas take some of the debt burden off of our tax dollars, so that we can get give pay raises of 5,000 dollars or more per year for each teacher.
Campaign Phone (512) 800-2104
Twitter @smilder
Education Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from The University of North Texas and Master’s Degree in Public Relations from The University of North Texas
I have more than 20 years of experience as a businessman and served four years on the Rockwall City Council. I know what policies will help move our economy forward, and I am dedicated to serving the people of Texas.
I will work to defend the Texas Voter ID law, ensuring our state’s voters know their elections are not being undermined by fraud.
Healthcare is a complex issue, and many Texas families are facing rising insurance premiums as a result of the disastrous federal Obamacare law. I support market-based solutions that will help drive down costs, including allowing the purchase of health insurance across state lines and ensuring all Texans are able to access Health Savings Accounts.
I believe we have to take a hard look at our budgetary priorities and work to eliminate waste. By cutting unnecessary spending, we can free up much-needed funding for schools and infrastructure investments. I also believe we must fix our transportation crisis. There is not enough infrastructure to adequately serve our state’s growing population.
I believe property tax relief, transportation, and economic growth will all be key issues in the coming session. I fully support property tax relief and will work to see that the state starts paying its share of education expenses instead of forcing local property owners to make up the difference. I will work to cut bureaucracy and get out of the way of the free market.
Campaign Phone (817) 223-4767
Twitter @DanPatrick
Education Bio information for Lt. Governor Patrick can be found at:
Bio information for Lt. Governor Patrick, including experience and accomplishments, can be found at:
I stand by my record. Please visit my campaign website, and my official website,
I stand by my record. Please visit my campaign website, and my official website,
I stand by my record. Please visit my campaign website, and my official website,
I stand by my record. Please visit my campaign website, and my official website,