Job descriptionThere are 150 representatives in the state House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Texas state legislature. Term is two years.
Duties
  • Writes 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?

Jeff Whitfield
Website: https://www.whitfieldfortexas.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhitfieldforTexas/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JeffWhitfieldTX
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeff-whitfield-50aa712
Email: jeff@whitfieldfortexas.com
Phone: 817-330-9134
Democrat
Brody-Andrew Mulligan
Website: https://www.brodyfortexas.comv
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MULLIGANFOR92/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/brodymulligan
Email: info@brodyfortexas.com
Phone: 857-293-1717
Green
Chris Hibbard
Email: chrisi678@gmail.com
Libertarian
Jeff Cason
Website: https://jeffcason.com/
Email: jeff@jeffcason.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jeffcasontexas/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jeffcasontexas
Republican

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Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Jeff Whitfield
I’ve spent my entire professional life working with folks from many different backgrounds. In the military, you have a team and you work with them toward mission accomplishment no matter what differences there may be between you (political party or otherwise). My views reflect those of the majority of Texans and of this district, which is why I have broad support from organizations and individuals representing many perspectives and different political backgrounds.
For example, I support the prioritization of our public school system -- the importance of which is enshrined in our Texas Constitution -- and a quality, affordable healthcare system with public health policies that are based in science rather than an ideological agenda. I oppose using taxpayer dollars for private school “vouchers,” and I support local control for our municipalities.
House District 92 needs a representative that will work with everyone in Austin, regardless of party lines. In a time where our nation and state are so divided, I will listen to the concerns of everyone in HD92 and finally bring them the representation they deserve.
Brody-Andrew Mulligan
As a teacher, I know first hand the challenges that face educators in our public schools, and as a progressive, have policies and plans to promote a range of legislative initiatives to increase the quality of our public schools. I don't accept corporate donations, special interest donations, or lobbyist organizations - and am beholden to no one, other than the voters in my constituency - and am the only candidate in this specific race that does not take PAC contributions or contributions from large-money donors.
Every vote for me is a vote for progress in Texas, protection for our environment, a living wage, affordable housing, affordable accessible healthcare in our local and rural communities, and evidence-based scientific approach to public health, LGBTQIA+ rights, expanding career and technology training and preparation in our public high schools, fee-free two-year college at all Texas Community Colleges and trade schools, an end to allowing employers to use credit scores in hiring decisions, securing Green energy and infrastructure jobs and funding, and a strong ally for immigrants and migrant workers.
Cada voto para mí es un voto por el progreso en Texas, la protección de nuestro medio ambiente, un salario digno, vivienda asequible, atención médica asequible y accesible en nuestras comunidades locales y rurales, y un enfoque científico basado en la evidencia para la salud pública, los derechos LGBTQIA +, la expansión de la carrera y capacitación y preparación en tecnología en nuestras escuelas secundarias públicas, universidad gratuita de dos años en todos los colegios comunitarios y escuelas de oficios de Texas, un fin para permitir que los empleadores usen puntajes de crédito en las decisiones de contratación, asegurar trabajos y financiamiento de energía verde e infraestructura, y un fuerte aliado de inmigrantes y trabajadores migrantes.
Chris Hibbard
Jeff Cason
2. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Jeff Whitfield
My top three priorities are increasing access to quality, affordable healthcare, prioritizing our public education system, and growing the Texas economy. I’ve seen firsthand how devastating it can be when families don’t have the healthcare they need. My top priority will be accepting the billions of dollars (of our own money, which we paid in taxes) from the federal government to boost Medicaid and expand coverage to one of the largest uninsured populations in the country. I will also explore options to make sure our public education system is fully funded at the state level, including adequate pay for the critical work our educators do. We must invest in opportunities, including affordable higher public education and technical education, to help us grow our workforce, attract successful businesses to Texas, and improve the quality of life for Texas residents for years to come.
Brody-Andrew Mulligan
Healthcare reform through the Medicaid expansion, enhancing education funding formulas and promoting Texas Public Schools, including post-secondary education, and legalizing cannabis.
Reforma de la atención médica a través de la expansión de Medicaid, mejorando las fórmulas de financiación de la educación y promoviendo las escuelas públicas de Texas, incluida la educación postsecundaria, y legalizando el cannabis.
Chris Hibbard
Jeff Cason
3. WHAT SHOULD THE LEGISLATURE PRIORITIZE TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE IN TEXAS?
Jeff Whitfield
The first step to enhancing Texas’ healthcare system is to accept the billions of dollars of our own money, which we paid in taxes, from the federal government to expand access to quality, affordable healthcare in Texas. Texas currently has the highest uninsured rate in the country, which made our population particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. Especially now, it is more important than ever to expand access to coverage, which would allow low-income individuals access to the care they desperately need and deserve during this unprecedented time.
Brody-Andrew Mulligan
Texas must expand Medicare eligibility to include more low-income people. I have always believed that healthcare should be available to all, and the Medicaid expansion is a top priority. In addition to being the right thing to do morally, from an economic standpoint, a healthier population is fundamental to a well balanced, and strong economy. If people are sick, or unwell, they can't work. If people can't work, they cannot pay taxes, or contribute economically or socially, nor can they spend money at local businesses. It is economically and fiscally responsible to expand Medicaid, to those who are among low-income earners. Ensuring every Texan has access to healthcare is the foundational element upon which a successful response to Covid-19 is built and in addition to utilizing and expanding on evidence-based protocols, such as requiring facemasks or coverings public spaces, creating a uniform reporting system for COVID-19 cases, and ensuring the economic security of individuals during the pandemic, is a priority if elected.
Texas debe ampliar la elegibilidad de Medicare para incluir a más personas de bajos ingresos. Siempre he creído que la atención médica debería estar disponible para todos, y la expansión de Medicaid es una prioridad absoluta. Además de ser lo correcto moralmente, desde un punto de vista económico, una población más sana es fundamental para una economía sólida y equilibrada. Si las personas están enfermas o no se encuentran bien, no pueden trabajar. Si las personas no pueden trabajar, no pueden pagar impuestos, ni contribuir económica o socialmente, ni pueden gastar dinero en negocios locales. Es económica y fiscalmente responsable de expandir Medicaid, a aquellos que se encuentran entre las personas de bajos ingresos. Asegurar que todos los texanos tengan acceso a la atención médica es el elemento fundamental sobre el cual se construye una respuesta exitosa a Covid-19 y, además de utilizar y expandir protocolos basados en evidencia, como requerir máscaras faciales o cubrir espacios públicos, creando un sistema de informes uniforme para Los casos de COVID-19, y garantizar la seguridad económica de las personas durante la pandemia, es una prioridad si son elegidos.
Chris Hibbard
Jeff Cason
4. GIVEN THE ECONOMIC ISSUES IN SCHOOLS RESULTING FROM THE CURRENT PANDEMIC, STATE AND LOCAL REVENUES ARE DOWN, EVEN AS NEEDS ARE HIGH. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS REGARDING FUNDING FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION IN THE NEW PHYSICAL AND VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT?
Jeff Whitfield
We must provide our educators and students the resources necessary to learn safely during the current pandemic, whether they're learning at home or in the classroom. That means we must provide resources such as affordable computers and high speed internet so all students have an equal educational experience. While the Rainy Day Fund is always an option from which to draw monies to provide critical public education funding, my focus would be on increasing revenue by removing corporate tax loopholes (like those related to the commercial appraisal system) and decreasing funding for activities that are inappropriate or that shouldn’t be funded by the state (such as the $1 billion dollars to fund national guard troops on the border, which is a federal issue, and the millions spent by the state to sue the federal government).
Brody-Andrew Mulligan
We know that overwhelmingly, headstart, universal pre-k, and early childhood intervention programs are the key to success in reading at-grade level, or above, and I'll work to increase funding, training, recruiting, and resources, for early childhood education, and special education, including funding and training for paraprofessionals in our classrooms.
I believe that funding schools through property taxes creates a disparity in the quality of education that can be provided, and disproportionately affects children and communities with less property tax revenue in a negative way. I believe a distributive, weighted, and balanced funding formula that is not entirely reliant upon property tax revenue, but rather a general fund, creates proportionally better outcomes. This would require significant legislative mechanisms of action, which I'm prepared to fight for, and work with education funding and administrative experts, to find an equitable solution that provides every child with the opportunity to have a safe school, and quality education to get on in their lives.
We'll need to tap into the rainy day fund in addition to providing funding proactively, given that the extraordinary circumstances we face today, The State should access these emergency funds, while retaining a portion as required by law, to help sustain our economy, secure housing for individuals at risk of eviction or homelessness, and utilize the billions in reserve, at this time of unprecedented need.
Creo que la financiación de las escuelas a través de impuestos a la propiedad crea una disparidad en la calidad de la educación que se puede proporcionar y afecta desproporcionadamente a los niños y las comunidades con menos ingresos por impuestos a la propiedad de manera negativa. Creo que una fórmula de financiación distributiva, ponderada y equilibrada que no depende por completo de los ingresos de los impuestos a la propiedad, sino más bien de un fondo general, genera resultados proporcionalmente mejores. Esto requeriría importantes mecanismos legislativos de acción, por los que estoy dispuesto a luchar, y trabajar con expertos administrativos y en financiamiento de la educación, para encontrar una solución equitativa que brinde a todos los niños la oportunidad de tener una escuela segura y una educación de calidad para obtener en sus vidas.
Chris Hibbard
Jeff Cason
5. IN RECENT YEARS THERE HAVE BEEN MANY PUBLIC DEBATES ABOUT STATE AUTHORITY VERSUS LOCAL AUTHORITY ON A NUMBER OF ISSUES. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS A GOOD BALANCE BETWEEN THE TWO?
Jeff Whitfield
I believe there are some issues that should be dealt with at a state level and there are some issues that should be dealt with at a local level. There are many instances where a one-size-fits-all approach is not appropriate for every municipality, and I am in favor of allowing local authority when necessary.
Our energy industry is integral to our Texas economy. I believe our goal should be for Texas to lead in all energy sectors. Texas is an incredibly abundant state with many natural resources that, if properly utilized, can provide thousands of Texas jobs and give our economy a needed boost. I will be open to research and development efforts to support our energy industry and make the industry less susceptible to external influences. The state must always balance economic growth, public health and environmental stewardship when making decisions regarding the energy industry.
Brody-Andrew Mulligan
I believe within reason, local communities should have a say in how their local economies and communities are run. This includes, for example, removing the over-stepping of the State government from municipal government in areas of energy policy, such as in Denton and Denton County, in which residents voted to disallow fracking, only to be over-ruled by the state. Local control, and local determination on issues through referendum and representative government, are important, and I do not support efforts to overstep, with regard to economic and energy measures, among others.
Creo que, dentro de lo razonable, las comunidades locales deberían tener voz en cómo se gestionan sus economías y comunidades locales. Esto incluye, por ejemplo, eliminar la sobreposición del gobierno estatal al gobierno municipal en áreas de política energética, como en Denton y el condado de Denton, donde los residentes votaron a favor de no permitir el fracking, solo para ser anulados por el estado. El control local y la determinación local en los temas a través de referéndum y gobierno representativo son importantes, y no apoyo los esfuerzos por sobrepasar, en lo que respecta a medidas económicas y energéticas, entre otras.
Chris Hibbard
Jeff Cason
6. HOW SHOULD THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE ADDRESS ISSUES SURROUNDING TEXAS'S ENERGY FUTURE (SUCH AS CHANGING ECONOMIC CIRCUMSTANCES FOR THE ENERGY INDUSTRY, CLIMATE CHANGE ISSUES, ETC.?
Jeff Whitfield
Our energy industry is integral to our Texas economy. I believe our goal should be for Texas to lead in all energy sectors. Texas is an incredibly abundant state with many natural resources that, if properly utilized, can provide thousands of Texas jobs and give our economy a needed boost. I will be open to research and development efforts to support our energy industry and make the industry less susceptible to external influences. The state must always balance economic growth, public health and environmental stewardship when making decisions regarding the energy industry.
Brody-Andrew Mulligan
Texas leads the nation in Green energy produced by wind, and I believe in a balanced transition from fossil fuel use, retraining, repurposing, and re-investing in green energy and solutions, in partnership with technology and energy firms, to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, promote green jobs and infrastructure for the future, and retain the payment of rights similar to mineral rights, for those who have land or thoroughfares which benefit our state electric and energy needs, are key steps the legislature, in partnership with the federal government can take to secure our place as a renewable energy leader, while assisting the transition when possible, from fuels which are harmful to the environment, to renewable green solutions such as wind, geothermal, and solar energy solutions. I support using nuclear energy as a bridge to a carbon-neutral source of energy production and distribution.
Texas lidera la nación en energía verde producida por el viento, y creo en una transición equilibrada del uso de combustibles fósiles, reentrenamiento, reutilización y reinversión en energía y soluciones verdes, en asociación con empresas de tecnología y energía, para reducir nuestra dependencia de combustibles fósiles, promover empleos e infraestructura verdes para el futuro, y retener el pago de derechos similares a los derechos minerales, para aquellos que tienen terrenos o vías que benefician nuestras necesidades estatales de electricidad y energía, son pasos clave de la legislatura, en asociación con la El gobierno puede tomar para asegurar nuestro lugar como líder en energía renovable, mientras ayuda a la transición cuando sea posible, de combustibles que son dañinos para el medio ambiente, a soluciones verdes renovables como soluciones de energía eólica, geotérmica y solar. Apoyo el uso de la energía nuclear como puente hacia una fuente de producción y distribución de energía neutra en carbono.
Chris Hibbard
Jeff Cason
7. IN YOUR VIEW, WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS IN CREATING AN EQUITABLE REDISTRICTING PROCESS DURING THE 2021 SESSION? DO YOU BELIEVE REDISTRICTING SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE?
Jeff Whitfield
In order to create fair maps and fair districts, we must ensure that the redistricting process is done in a way that holds representatives accountable to the voters. I am open to exploring any proposal about how we best maintain fair maps that allow voters to choose their representatives rather than representatives choosing their constituents in a partisan way.
Brody-Andrew Mulligan
Redistricting should be done in such a manner that it does not benefit anyone party. I support using an independent commission with oversight and transparency.
La redistribución de distritos debe realizarse de tal manera que no beneficie a ninguna de las partes. Apoyo el uso de una comisión independiente con supervisión y transparencia.
Chris Hibbard
Jeff Cason
8. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Jeff Whitfield
Brody-Andrew Mulligan
Texas should allow marijuana to be sold within reason, legally, among adults, and expand the availability for use of THC and CBD products for those who are under the legal age of purchase, through parents and physicians, with a proper medical prescription, such as children with a terminal disease, chronic pain, and seizure disorder, for whom THC and CBD provides a vital lifeline and form of treatment. Additionally, I also support ranked-choice voting to allow for more diverse viable third parties, and I also believe in, almost all circumstances with the exception of violent crime, the time has come to eliminate cash bail, and expand successful pre-trial detention programs, in our criminal justice and legal system. The goal of our justice system is to ensure community safety and to provide assurance for a court appearance, balanced with the right to retaining liberty without one's life and livelihood being destroyed.
I also will work to get ICE (Immigrations and Customs Enforcement) out of our communities and have been working with ICE out of Tarrant since 2019.
Texas debe permitir que la marihuana se venda dentro de lo razonable, legalmente, entre adultos, y ampliar la disponibilidad para el uso de productos de THC y CBD para aquellos que son menores de la edad legal de compra, a través de padres y médicos, con una prescripción médica adecuada, como niños con una enfermedad terminal, dolor crónico y trastorno convulsivo, para quienes el THC y el CBD proporcionan un sustento vital y una forma de tratamiento. Además, también apoyo la votación por clasificación para permitir la existencia de terceros viables más diversos, y también creo que, en casi todas las circunstancias, con la excepción de los delitos violentos, ha llegado el momento de eliminar la fianza en efectivo y ampliar la detención preventiva exitosa. programas, en nuestro sistema judicial y de justicia penal. El objetivo de nuestro sistema de justicia es garantizar la seguridad de la comunidad y garantizar una comparecencia ante el tribunal, equilibrada con el derecho a conservar la libertad sin que se destruya la vida y el sustento de uno.
Matt Krause
Chris Hibbard