Good day good citizens of Texas. My friend Representative Aaron Pena tells me that this may be the first blog entry by a Republican member of the Texas Legislature. The Texas Legislature is a very unique place. Unlike in DC - where the Democrats sit on one side and the Republicans on the other - here we all sit together. And issues like Committee assignments and even office and parking spaces, which in DC and many state legislatures are based on party, in Texas are chosen based on the member's seniority.
Because of this spirit of bi-partisanship, we're usually able to look past our differences and toward doing what's right for the people of Texas. We still have heated and passionate debates, as indeed we should. But I think it's telling that in spite of the partisanship and division that makes the newspapers, most of the bills brought to the floor pass by wide margins with support of members from both parties.
On a personal level, I consider it a tremendous honor to be a member of the Texas Legislature. On one hand, it's a part time job that pays $600 a month - nothing to get too egotistical about. But at the same time, getting to cast these votes that will shape the future of Texas is a big deal - a real blessing from the Lord.
My thanks to Aaron for starting this blog and letting me participate. I look forward to seeing what others have to say.