Meet Gabriel Rauen

One very important part of my job as a member of Congress is to get to know and listen to those who live in the 27th District of Texas. It is also one of the most rewarding. Texas has no shortage of hardworking, down-to-earth people who work hard to make America great – people like Gabriel Rauen. Read more »

Are You Serious, Really?


I can imagine the conversation between the French President and our President after the Paris massacre.

Hollande: “Mr. President, what are we going to do about ISIS?”

Obama: “Let's not overreact. We must remember we have to deal with climate change.” Read more »

Giving Thanks

Each year I am honored to highlight military heroes from the 32nd Congressional District of Texas who have valiantly served our nation and have made selfless sacrifices for the freedoms that we enjoy as Americans. During this season of thanks I would like to remember our brave men and women in uniform and their families and thank them for their invaluable contribution to our nation. Read more »

Happy Thanksgiving!


I hope you are enjoying the holiday week.

As I celebrate Thanksgiving surrounded by my family and friends, I am reminded how blessed we Texans are -- Texas' independent spirit provides us the freedom needed to grow and the confidence to succeed. Read more »

Keeping Our Promise to America's Veterans


This month we honored our nation’s veterans, those that have answered the call to protect our democracy and our freedom. Our veterans’ bravery has made the United States what it is today- a country devoted to freedom, liberty and opportunity, where anything is possible.

America’s veterans have fulfilled their duty, and it is crucial that the federal government fulfill their commitment to veterans. Read more »

Enforcement Didn’t End Unlawful Immigration in 1950s, More Visas Did


In the recent Republican Presidential debate, Donald Trump argued that President Eisenhower immigration enforcement plan called Operation Wetback (Trump didn’t use that horrendous name) drastically reduced unlawful immigration in the early 1950s. He said: Read more »

Texas Policy Evaluation Project Forced to Disclose Funding Source for Discredited Attacks on Pro-Life Laws


AUSTIN, TX -- Texas Alliance for Life recently obtained public documents from the University of Texas showing that the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TPEP) has only a single funding source, the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, a foundation with a history of supporting Planned Parenthood. Read more »

Working with Senate on Transportation


I was honored to be appointed to the Conference Committee that will negotiate the differences between the House's six-year highway bill and the Senate's version of the bill. As the senior Texan on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, I'm working hard to ensure we meet the transportation needs of the 27th Congressional District, Texas, and the United States. Our economy depends on the efficient movement of goods and services.

Watch my remarks during the conference committee negotiations on the House and Senate versions of the recently passed highway bill. Read more »

Smith, Babin Praise Successful Reusable Rocket Test in Texas


House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), and Space Subcommittee Chairman Brian Babin (R-Texas) today praised a private space company’s successful test of a reusable rocket at a test facility in West Texas. The company, Blue Origin, was the first ever to successfully launch and vertically land a rocket, which enables reuse. Read more »

Pro-Syrian Refugee Protest Draws Hundreds to Texas Capital


Hundreds of pro-Syrian refugee activists took to the streets of Austin, Texas, this weekend to protest Governor Greg Abbott’s order to refuse the resettlement of Syrian refugees into Texas. Read more »


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