Working Across the District
by Blake Farenthold on April 24, 2017 at 8:56 AM
When I’m not in Washington, I like to make sure I’m up-to-date on what’s going on in the area. Last week, I did this by meeting with constituents, students and teachers, local leaders, business owners, employees and Texas National Guard members. I spent the early part of last week in the Corpus Christi area, and the second half of the week in the northern area of the district.
To start off the week, I opened the Google Online Safety Roadshow at Flour Bluff Intermediate School by speaking to students about the importance of internet safety. The assembly taught how to create a safe and memorable password, how to identify phishing scams, how internet posts last forever and much more. I also visited Incarnate Word Academy to hold a Congress in the Classroom, where the elementary students asked better questions than some reporters! At Calallen High School, I recognized the accomplishments of two great coaches: Coach Steve Chapman and Coach Phil Danaher. Coach Chapman was recently inducted into the Texas High School Baseball Hall of Fame and Coach Danaher recently became the winningest football coach in Texas state history. I also presented certificates to two outstanding science students, Austin Thompson and Parker Tennill, who received scholarships to attend The Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Massachusetts.
I then traveled to the northern part of the district, where I visited Inteplast Building Products in Lolita, which employs 2,220 people. The next stop was Wharton County, where I met with the publisher of the El Campo Leader-News, Shannon Crabtree, to discuss repealing Obamacare, securing the border and paying down the nation's debt. In Matagorda County, I held great meetings with Judge McDonald, local shrimpers and members of both the Bay City EDC and Bay City Chamber of Commerce, where we discussed healthcare, immigration, job creation and local tourism.
Following Bay City, I headed to Victoria, where I toured the Army National Guard Armory to talk readiness and emergency response with Captain Hubbard and his soldiers in Delta Company. After, I sat down with the Victoria Advocate for a short Facebook Live town hall where we answered questions from readers. To view that video, please click here. To round out my trip to Victoria, I met with folks from the Victoria EDC and Victoria Chamber of Commerce to discuss ways to improve the port and increase maritime trade, tax reform and healthcare.