Job descriptionThere are 150 representatives in the state House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Texas state legislature. Term is two years.
DutiesWrites and votes on state laws.
Proposes state constitutional amendments that are voted on by statewide ballot.
Votes to uphold or overturn a Governor’s veto.
All bills to increase taxes, appropriate funds, or raise revenue must start in the House.
The House can bring impeachment charges against statewide office holders (charges are tried in the Senate).
Annual salary$7,200/yr; $190/day when legislature in session

Who’s Running?

Finnigan Jones

FB: fortxhd94/
Democrat
Tony Tinderholt (incumbent)

https://tonytinderholt.com
FB: tonytinderholtfortexas/
Republican
Jessica Pallett

FB: https://www.facebook.com/PallettontheBallot/
Email: jessicampallett@gmail.com
Libertarian

Candidate Q&A

Note: Answers to questions will appear as they are received from the candidates.

1. WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION AND EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND? WHAT EXPERIENCES DO YOU HAVE THAT MAKE YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE?
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2. WHAT PERCENTAGE OF YOUR CAMPAIGN DONATIONS COMES FROM INDIVIDUALS? WHAT PERCENTAGE COMES FROM PACs?
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3. IF ELECTED, WHAT IS THE FIRST PIECE OF LEGISLATION YOU WOULD PROPOSE?
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4. WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON VOTING LAWS? PLEASE ADDRESS WHAT IDENTIFICATION SHOULD BE REQUIRED FOR REGISTERED VOTERS AT THEIR POLLING PLACES, WHETHER YOU SUPPORT ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION, AND WHAT TIME RESTRICTIONS SHOULD BE PLACED ON VOTER REGISTRATION.
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5. DESCRIBE YOUR POSITION ON STATE FUNDING FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION. ADDRESS ISSUES SUCH AS THE PROPORTION OF STATE FUNDS TO LOCAL DISTRICT FUNDS AND WHETHER STATE FUNDS SHOULD BE USED TO SUPPORT CHARTER AND/OR PRIVATE SCHOOLS.
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6. DESCRIBE YOUR POSITION ON WHAT ROLE STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES SHOULD PLAY IN FEDERAL IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT; ADDRESS ISSUES SUCH AS SB4, PASSED BY THE 2017 STATE LEGISLATURE.
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7. DESCRIBE YOUR POSITION ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE, WITH PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO JUDICIAL DISCRETION AND THE SENTENCING OF NON-VIOLENT OFFENDERS.
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8. DESCRIBE YOUR POSITION ON HOW THE STATE CAN BEST PROVIDE FOR FUTURE ENERGY NEEDS. PLEASE ADDRESS WHAT RESPONSIBILITY THE STATE HAS TO PROMOTE DIFFERENT TYPES/SOURCES OF ENERGY AND WHAT RELATIONSHIP THE STATE SHOULD HAVE WITH THE ENERGY INDUSTRY.
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9. WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE FEDERAL REGULATION OF FIREARMS UNDER THE SECOND AMENDMENT? WHAT RESTRICTIONS SHOULD BE PLACED ON THE SALE AND OWNERSHIP OF FIREARMS, INCLUDING WHERE FIREARMS ARE PERMITTED?
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10. DESCRIBE YOUR POSITION ON THE STATE GOVERNMENT'S RESPONSIBILITY FOR HEALTHCARE PROVISION, WITH PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND WHETHER TEXAS SHOULD ACCEPT FEDERAL FUNDS TO EXPAND ITS MEDICAID PROGRAMS.
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11. WHAT LEGAL RESTRICTIONS SHOULD BE REQUIRED ON ABORTIONS?
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12. DO YOU BELIEVE MARIJUANA SHOULD BE LEGAL UNDER STATE LAW? ADDRESS ISSUES SUCH AS MEDICAL AND RECREATIONAL USE.
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RECENT NEWS ARTICLES“Lawmaker: Criminalizing Abortion Would Force Women to Become More Personally Responsible,” Texas Observer (January 23, 2017)
https://www.texasobserver.org/texas-lawmaker-no-abortion-access-would-force-women-to-be-more-personally-responsible-with-sex/

“Tarrant County Pride is Living Life Bold in 2017,” Dallas Voice (October 6, 2017)
https://www.dallasvoice.com/tarrant-county-pride-is-living-life-bold-in-2017-10243680.html

“Welcome to Amarillo, Where Clapping at Council Meetings Could Land You in Jail,” Fort Worth Star Telegram (April 16, 2018)
https://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article209001639.html

“Like Trump, These Texas Lawmakers Block People on Social Media,” Fort Worth Star Telegram (May 24, 2018)
https://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/article211820674.html

“Where are the Trans Men in Politics,” Huffington Post (June 2, 2018)
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/transgender-men-politics_us_5b1172d1e4b02143b7cc256a