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Texas House, District 150

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    Valoree Swanson (Rep) Current State Representative Dist. 150; business

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    James Richard Wilson (Rep) Insurance Agent

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Identify what you think are the three most important issues directly affecting the people in your district and explain how you will address these issues, if elected?

What will you do as a member of the Texas Legislature to ensure that all Texas children receive a quality education?

What role should the Texas Legislature play in addressing the problem of human trafficking in our state and in providing funding for programs that support victims?

Education/Degrees Bachelor of Business Adminstration Baylor University Waco, Texas
Professional Experience Business Commercial Real Estate Community Outreach
Community Involvement Volunteering in Harvey recovery, former foster & adoptive parent; church volunteer; youth sports; decades of conservative Republican volunteer work in voter registration, voter education, campaign work, precinct chair, State Republican Executive Cmte
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Flood Control Mitigation is the #1 issue for most of my constituents. Hurricane Harvey and previous floods have devastated a large number of residents here. It is imperative that state, federal, and local government work closely together to make major improvements to our flood infrastructure before the next big flood event. We cannot merely repair the damage and go back to business as usual. My top priority is to get major funding and expedited building of the 3rd Houston area reservoir, which was planned in the 1930's and never built, to alleviate flooding along Cypress Creek and surrounding waterways. I am working with Gov. Abbott, Lt. Gov. Patrick, Sen. Cruz, Reps. McCaul and Brady, Comm. Cagle and many others to help make the 3rd reservoir and other flood control projects, including buyouts, a reality. I will continue to work hard to pass strong property tax reform and to eliminate it in favor of sales tax. I will continue to block low-income housing projects from being built.
I am a strong supporter and advocate for education. A quality education for all Texas children is a top priority for the future of Texas. Texas must properly fund education and ensure that taxpayer money is spent wisely and carefully. Public Education is our primary source of education in this state and must be a high priority. Three of my children graduated from public schools in my district, and I continue to have a strong interest in all area schools. In the 2017 session, I voted to increase funding for teacher retirement benefits by $212 million because I believe it is important that we keep our promises to our teachers. I also voted in favor of $311 million for the Texas Education Agency and an increase of 2.7% for public and higher education while, at the same time, ensuring the preservation of Texas' Rainy Day Fund for events such as Hurricane Harvey and balancing the budget, as required by the Texas Constitution.
The horrific problem of human trafficking, for both sexual and domestic slavery, has become a major problem around the country. Unfortunately, the Houston area is a major hub, according to law enforcement and others involved in fighting it. The Texas Legislature must continue to provide funding to law enforcement to escalate the fight against it. Money is also needed to raise awareness, in order to educate the public to recognize and report possible human trafficking. Public, as well as private funding, for programs that support victims is essential in order to help victims find safety and a way to reestablish their lives.
Education/Degrees BA, University of Texas at Austin
Professional Experience Founder of Wilson Risk Management LLC, Licensed Insurance Agent, Former Regional Director, US Senator Phil Gramm (R), Former Chief of Staff, Rep. Bill Siebert (R), Former Legislative Aide, Rep. Joe Driver (R)
Community Involvement Former President of Homeowners Association, Home Announcer for Klein Oak HS Football, Member of Klein ISD Strategic Planning Committee
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Campaign Phone (713) 550-3482
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1. Flood Control - We must protect our homes and neighbors from flooding. We must dredge our creeks and build a new reservoir to prevent Spring Creek from flooding. 2. Property Taxes - We must eliminate unfunded and unnecessary state laws and regulations to reduce our local property taxes. 3. Education - We must make sure that state government pays its fair share of the cost for our local schools, and that our tax dollars are directed to our classrooms.
I will work to eliminate any unfunded state mandates on our public schools, freeing our local school boards from these additional costs. I will also work to eliminate and reduce unnecessary and costly regulations and provide all public schools the opportunity to innovate. I am committed to maintaining and improving our system of free public schools for all the children of our state. The state must provide adequate and equitable funding to our local school districts.
The Legislature must provide our local law enforcement and first responders with the resources they need to combat the problem of human trafficking in our communities. Additionally, the state should provide counties and local governments with models of effective ordinances and best practices from other communities that have been successful in closing illegally operated sexually oriented businesses that engage in human trafficking.