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Texas House Representative - District 44

Counties Represented: Guadalupe, Wilson The Texas House of Representatives is composed of 150 members, each elected for a two-year term. The Texas Legislature meets in Regular Session for about five months every other year. A member of the house must be a citizen of the United States, must be a qualified elector of the state, and must be at least 21 years old. He or she must have been a resident of the state for two years immediately preceding election, and for one year immediately preceding election must have been a resident of the district from which he or she was chosen.
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    John D. Rodgers (Dem) Registerd Nurse

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1 – What processes do you support to improve elections and voting in Texas?

2 – Identify three measures you would support to reduce gun violence.

3 – What would you do to provide and fund an equitable, quality public education for all children pre-K through grade 12?

4 – Given recent pressures on water resources, transportation and infrastructure in growing Hill Country counties, would you support giving limited additional authority to selected counties to protect the quality of life in unincorporated areas? Please explain why or why not.

5 – What are your legislative priorities for the Texas environment? Discuss water management, renewable energy and clean air.

6 – After publication of the 2020 census, new congressional, state and educational districts will be redrawn. What process do you support to ensure fair representation?

7 - If elected, what is your message to those who did not vote for you?

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Education BS Mgt, BS Nursing. Certificate in Dialysis Technology. Multiple basic and advanced military leadership and development courses.
Experience 30 year active duty Army Nurse with emphasis on Critical Care and Health Education and Training. 10 year corporate experience promoting health education and training from physician to the EMT level
Campaign Phone Number (210) 371-1176
Texas needs bipartisan redistricting. I would registrar all 18 year old students who are in high school. I would enact an online voter registration that links the driver license or a state or federal government issued ID so eligible voters can registrar. I would make sure Texas is in compliance with National Voter Registration Act of 1993. I would also propose legislation measures that would promote and encourage more Texans to get out and vote.
There are over 1500 innocent women murdered across the US each year with 65% of them being killed with handguns. Almost 1300 children die and 5790 are treated for gunshot wounds annually in America, People have a right to feel safe and secure in their homes and in their communities. People also have a right to own guns and with that right comes a great responsibly to use a gun in a safe manner. First I would propose that all guns sales have a universal background check before a final sale so the seller would know if the buyer has a criminal background, if you do not check you would not know. Second I would support a mandatory firearms safety class for all new sales to demonstrate that the owner has the knowledge to safely handle and use a gun. Last I would like to make sure Texas is following all of the current gun laws while giving businesses and citizens the right to decide if guns should be allowed in their establishments or homes.
In 1907 the Franchise /Margin tax and 1951 the Oil Production tax was established to fund public education. The Franchise tax was reduced by 25% and Oil Production Tax was eliminated in the 2015 Legislative session resulting in a net loss of almost 5 billion for schools. The legislature only funded the schools at about 38% of their needs shifting the cost to local districts while Economic Stabilization Fund ( Rainy day Fund) has increased to 10.5 billion. Funding for the Texas Enterprise fund and prisons was increased in 2017. We need to make a decision what is more important hoarding funds and spending on prisons along with giving tax breaks to big business or re-allocating funds to secure our children education. I would restore schools funding by looking at all revenue sources and looking for ways to reduce prison cost while at the same time have big business pay their fair share as they are profiting from the Texas economy.
Unconstrained development is problem that not only affect Hill Country counties but is a statewide issue. When you have competing interest wanting limited resource then you are going to run into conflict so a balanced approach allowing the communities to set reasonable standards that would benefit all who live and recreation in the area would be an approach that I could support, however we are ruled by laws. Laws that protect only a few that give advantage to some may not stand up in a court of law. It would have to be looked at from what is a good solution that would hopefully address all of the parties involved.
I would transition off of coal and move to the use of natural gas to generate electricity for the state. Texas produced 8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in 2016 and hold 25% of the US reserves. Natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel because the combustion it is almost perfect. Texas has the largest solar and wind potential in the country with wind electricity generation accounting for 25% of the total US production. Water is a precious natural resource and we are going to require more of as Texas grows so investment in desalination along the cost could increase the water supply across the state. Currently we are about 80% of capacity for the various reservoirs across Texas.

So by switching to natural gas, using more solar and wind then air quality should improve due to less reliance on coal and oil to generate the required energy we need.
As the Texas legislature has had several Federal court challenges to the last redistricting that found the district to have been unconstitutionally drawn resulting in disenfranchisement of hundred of thousands of voters. I would propose a bipartisan commission composed of 9 people of which 3 Democrats and 3 Republican and 3 Independents all having a vote to drawn new districts. If there are disputes they should be resolved by the Texas courts. Each district would have to be as close to a 49/51 split for each party. This would make them more competitive by not granting one party or another the chance of staying in office for many years because they are in a safe district, this would make legislatures more accountable to their voters. The legislature works for the citizens.
I would represent them in the same way that a voter who supported me. After spending 30 years in the military I understand that not everyone is going to agree with me however I believe I owe the people of my district an explanation and to be open and transparent. I am not afraid to stand up for the least of us as I have learned over the years that we all have a major stake in the laws that are passed and that we are governed by. I would expect my constituents to hold me accountable to them as I am their representative working to improve their lives and their families lives. In order to be a good leader you first have to learn to follow, to be a good legislator you have to be willing to give selfless services. I believe my military obligation to serve to our great nation has given me the skills to be an effective legislator so I am asking for your vote.