Bryan Hughes represents District Five in the Texas House of Representatives, where he works for the folks of Camp, Morris, Rains, Smith, Titus, and Wood Counties. Rep. Hughes currently sits on the House Committee on Appropriations, as well as the House Committee on Juvenile Justice and Family Issues.
Born and raised in East Texas, he attended Tyler Junior College and the University of Texas at Tyler, receiving his BBA in Economics, cum laude, in 1992. From there he went on to Baylor University School of Law, where he received his law degree in 1995.
He was honored to be chosen by US District Judge William Steger of Tyler to serve as his Law Clerk, a position he held from 1995-1997.
In his first run for office in 2002, Bryan was elected with 52% of the vote against a long-time incumbent. In 2004, he was reelected by a 62% margin and in 2006 with 82% of the vote. He was unopposed for reelection in 2008 and 2010. Facing his first ever opposition in the Republican Primary in 2012, Bryan was honored to be elected by a 77% margin. In 2014, Bryan won with his highest margin ever – 92%.
In 2007, Tyler Junior College honored Bryan with its Valuable Young Alumnus award. Additionally, in 2008 he was chosen by his law school as the Baylor Young Lawyer of the Year. The University of Texas at Tyler in 2013 named him a Distinguished Alumni.
He has received numerous awards for his work in the Legislature, including the Taxpayer Champion Award from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, the Horizon Award from Texas Right to Life, and “Defender of the American Dream” from Americans for Prosperity. In 2011, Texas Right to Life named Bryan Hughes the Pro-Life Whip of the Texas House.
Bryan was the first member of his family to receive a Bachelor’s degree. As a small businessman, he knows about hard work and the value of a dollar. Bryan is a leader in his church, a Red Cross disaster relief volunteer, and active in civic and community organizations.
AUGUST 3RD MEETING 7:00 p.m. Longview First Church of The Nazarene
2601 H. G. Mosley Pkwy., Longview
TEXAS STATE COMPTROLLER GLENN HEGAR
Elected in November 2014, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is a vigilant steward of Texas tax dollars and a strong advocate for job growth in our economy. As a staunch supporter of government transparency, Hegar believes all levels of government should be open and accountable to those who pay the bills — Texas taxpayers.
Hegar serves as Texas’ treasurer, check writer, tax collector, procurement officer and revenue estimator. He has a proven track record of fighting for conservative principles and ensuring taxpayer voices are heard in Texas state government.
In the Texas Senate, Hegar oversaw all state and local revenue matters, during the 83rd legislative session, and he was instrumental in cutting $1 billion in taxes for Texas taxpayers and businesses. As a business owner, Comptroller Hegar knows first hand that individuals, not government, will make better decisions with their hard-earned tax dollars and in turn help boost the economy.
The Fiscal Responsibility Index is a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues. Texans for Fiscal Responsibility uses exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators’ governing philosophy.
The public — including lawmakers — are notified in advance of TFR’s position on the issues to be rated, and prior to votes taken on the floor.
In the legislative process, it used to be the Senate obstructing conservative reforms. In 2015, it was the Texas House.
The 2015 FiscalResponsibility Index will be released tomorrow (Monday, June 22) at 11:45 a.m. Then, you’ll find out how every lawmaker rated on the 2015 Index. Here are a few top-lines:
Of the 181 members of the House and Senate, 70 earned a passing grade (70% or better).
Not a single Republican in the Texas Senate earned a failing grade.
There are 24 lawmakers who have this year earned an “A” rating to qualify as Taxpayer Champions. In 2013, 22 lawmakers qualified for that distinction.
Some averages for your consideration…
The Texas House 2015 average is 58% (F), with GOP members averaging a 73% (C) and Democrats a 30% (F). That compares to the 2013 ratings of a 47% for the chamber, 63% for the GOP, and 30% for the Democrats.
The Texas Senate 2015 average is 70% (C), with GOP members averaging an 86% (B) and Democrats a 42% (F). That compares to the 2013 ratings of a 58% for the chamber, 69% for the GOP, and 41% for the Democrats.
Let me reiterate what we often say: our Fiscal Responsibility Index – despite being one of the most comprehensive measures of votes rated – is a snapshot. A moving picture of your lawmakers’ performance is found in comparing the members’ actions, statements and activities by looking at several groups’ rating systems, and even more so by watching them over time.
What becomes abundantly clear when examining the results is that the quality of leadership matters in the legislative process.
In the Texas Senate, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick let conservatives advance landmark reforms. In the Texas House, conservatives were shut out and reforms were left to idle.
The coalition of Democrats and liberal Republicans leading the House performed – sadly – just as we all expected. They stalled most of the reforms, gutted what they could, and killed what was left.
Don’t be fooled when your House member comes home and brags about passing spending limits.
The House gutted an issue favored by 94 percent of GOP primary voters (according to the 2012 primary ballot). It was the Senate that passed strict spending limits; the House leadership flipped themeasure upside-down in a last-minute hearing closed to public testimony. They turned the simple, effective restraint on government growth passed by the Senate into a complex floor that would allow state government to grow unchecked.
It was like that all session, on issue after issue. The TexasSenate started with tax relief, the Texas House passed a budget that didn’tinclude a single penny of relief. The Senate wanted to address the burden of property taxes, the House leadership delayed any discussion.
Despite 98 Republicans who campaign as conservatives back home, conservative leadership is sorely lacking in the Texas House. And while the Senate has long been known as the body where conservative ideas go to die, 2015 saw the Senate re-write their chamber’s culture for the benefit of all Texans.
If pro-taxpayer reforms are to gain traction in the legislature, it will take citizens stepping up to hold House members accountable for their chamber’s inaction.
It is our responsibility as citizens to not just rate lawmakers’ performance, but to take actions that improve results.
Washington: Commander in Chief (1775) By: James Still
By the summer of 1775, it was increasingly clear the Colonies needed an army and General. Was there anyone who could both unite the Colonies and command an army? John Adams suggested Washington: “… I had no hesitation to declare that I had but one Gentleman in my Mind for that important command… a Gentleman whose Skill and Experience as an Officer, whose independent fortune, great Talents and excellent universal Character, would command the Approbation of all America, and unite the cordial Exertions of all the Colonies better than any other Person in the Union.”John Adams, Autobiography, Part 1, (June 1775)
Congress agreed with Adams and selected Washington as Commander in Chief. When informed of his appointment, Washington replied:
“Though I am truly sensible of the high Honor done me in this Appointment, yet, I feel great Distress from a Consciousness, that my Abilities and Military Experience may not be equal to the extensive and important Trust: However, as the Congress desire it, I will enter upon the momentous Duty, and exert every Power I possess in their Service, and for Support of the glorious Cause. I beg they will accept my most cordial Thanks for this distinguished Testimony of their Approbation.
But, lest some unlucky Event should happen unfavorable to my Reputation, I beg it may be remembered by every Gentleman in the Room, that I this Day declare with the utmost Sincerity, I do not think myself equal to the Command I am honored with.
As to Pay, Sir, I beg Leave to assure the Congress, that as no pecuniary Consideration could have tempted me to accept this arduous Employment, at the Expense of my domestic Ease and Happiness, I do not wish to make any Profit from it. I will keep an exact Account of my Expenses. Those I doubt not they will discharge, and that is all I desire.”George Washington, Journals of Congress, June 16, 1775
“Resolved unanimously, Whereas the Delegates of all the Colonies from Nova Scotia to Georgia, in Congress assembled, have unanimously chosen George Washington, Esq. to be General and Commander in Chief…”Journals of Congress, June 17, 1775
“… this Congress doth now declare, that they will maintain and assist him, and adhere to him the said George Washington, with their Lives and Fortunes in the same Cause.” Journals of Congress, June 17, 1775
Fort Ticonderoga was located on a key military corridor between Canada and the Hudson River. Military supplies captured at Ticonderoga were later used to force the British to evacuate Boston. Ethan Allen recorded the event:
“… the first systematical and bloody attempt at Lexington, to enslave America, thoroughly electrified my mind, and fully determined me to take part with my country[.]… directions were privately sent to me… to raise the Green Mountain Boys, and, if possible, to surprise and take the fortress of Ticonderoga. This enterprise I cheerfully undertook; and… arrived at the lake [Champlain] opposite to Ticonderoga, on the evening’ of the ninth day of May, 1775, with two hundred and thirty valiant Green Mountain Boys[.]… I landed eighty-three men near the garrison, and sent the boats back for the rear guard… but the day began to dawn, and I found myself under a necessity to attack the fort, before the rear could cross the lake…
The garrison being asleep, except the sentries, we gave three huzzas which greatly surprised them. One of the sentries made a pass… with a charged bayonet[.]… My first thought was to kill him with my sword; but in an instant, I altered the design and fury of the blow to a slight cut on the side of the head; upon which he dropped his gun, and asked quarter, which I readily granted him, and demanded of him the place where the commanding officer [was] kept; he showed me a pair of stairs in the front of a barrack… which led up a second story… to which I immediately… ordered the commander… to deliver me the fort… he then complied, and ordered his men to be forthwith paraded without arms… This surprise was carried into execution in the grey of the morning of the tenth day of May, 1775.”Ethan Allen, The Capture of Ticonderoga, Mar 25, 1779
“The sun seemed to rise that morning with a superior luster; and Ticonderoga and its dependencies smiled on its conquerors, who tossed about the flowing bowl, and wished success to Congress, and the liberty and freedom of America.”Ethan Allen, The Capture of Ticonderoga, March 25, 1779
“… the barrack doors were beat down, and about one third of the garrison imprisoned… [and] about one hundred pieces of cannon, one thirteen inch mortar, and a number of swivels.” Ethan Allen, The Capture of Ticonderoga, March 25, 1779
We The People-Longview Tea Party Group
Monday June 1, 2015 Monthly Meeting
Guest Speaker: Dr. Keith Rothra
TOPIC: The Power of The Precinct Convention
Dr. Rothra, former Gregg County Chairman, will provide training on how to become involved in the Precinct Convention process. We will also conduct a mock Precinct Convention during the meeting.WATCH BELOW:
BELOW IS MIKE’S CORNER WITH UPCOMING MEETING/EVENT INFORMATION:
Precinct Conventions are held the night of each primary election day.
PURPOSE OF PRECINCT CONVENTION:
>Delegates and Alternates are nominated and elected to represent the Precinct at the County or SD Convention.
>Platform Resolutions are proposed and those adopted are forwarded to the County Convention.
Many have said that as few as 2-3 people participate in their Precinct Conventions! These people have the power to propose and vote on resolutions which are then sent to the County Convention. And then if passed at the County Convention will go to the State Convention. These resolutions, if passed at the State Convention, will become a part of the Republican platform that we must all abide by.
Do YOU want to give this much power to only a few people who may not share your conservative values?
It is up to We The People to keep Texas conservative. We can start at the Precinct Conventions and build from there!
The 2016 elections are right around the corner. NOW is the time to become more involved in the political process.
Senate: Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act
House: Fiscal 2016 Senate Budget Resolution
Recent Senate Votes
Human Trafficking Victims’ Fund – Passage – Vote Passed (99-0, 1 Not Voting)
The Senate passed a bill that would establish a Domestic Trafficking Victims’ Fund, to which both new criminal penalties and, as amended, matching funds from already appropriated money for community health centers would be transferred. Amounts originating from criminal fines would be prohibited from being used for health care or medical services.
Sen. Ted Cruz voted Not Voting Sen. John Cornyn voted YES
Lynch Nomination ? Cloture – Vote Agreed to (66-34)
The Senate agreed to a motion to invoke cloture, thus limiting debate, on President Obama’s nomination of Loretta E. Lynch of New York to be Attorney General.
The House passed a bill that would formally establish three advisory boards with which the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) must consult on matters regarding small businesses, credit unions and community banks. The measure is offset by limiting funding for the CFPB in future years.
Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES
Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act – H.R.1191
The bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to ensure that emergency services volunteers are not taken into account as employees under the shared responsibility requirements contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The House may take up the conference report for the concurrent resolution that would set forth the congressional budget for the United States government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017 through 2025.