“You can’t grow your economy if you don’t have an educated workforce.” – Those words from Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick could not be more true. Texas is leading the way with bold, conservative education reform that ditches the idea of “college for all” and instead gives students and their parents multiple pathways to a career. Teachers, administrators and students must be held accountable for competent performance. The system should be free from undue bias, which can distort students' perspectives on the world they must interact with to be competitive in a global market.
February 6th, 2018
Today Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA-6) and I announced we plan to launch a new bipartisan Planetary Science Caucus in the United States House of Representatives. The Planetary Science Caucus will unite members of both...
January 29th, 2018
This past week, I was proud to join Sen.
January 24th, 2018
I joined Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) in cosponsoring a bipartisan resolution declaring this week ‘National School Choice Week.’ I also praised Texans celebrating student opportunity and school choice at the over 3,900 school...
January 5th, 2018
Wednesday I appeared on KTSA’s Jack Riccardi Show, where I discussed the major, historic tax reform legislation President Trump recently signed into law, the growing threat of a nuclear North Korea, and the recent protests...
December 28th, 2017
Texas can't sustain its current economic growth without better educating its workforce. Every year there are fewer jobs for people without some kind of degree, and the most innovative companies will not come to Texas if they...
December 19th, 2017
Congressmen Rodney Davis (IL-13) and I recently won our fight to preserve education tax benefits in the final tax reform bill. Both the graduate tuition waiver (Section 117(d)) and employer tuition assistance benefits (...
December 11th, 2017
I am pleased to announce that the winners of the 3rd Annual Congressional App Challenge are Rithwik Pattikonda and David Brooks for their app, “Juke – The SMS Powered Jukebox.”
December 6th, 2017
Recently, Representatives Bill Keating (D-MA) and I introduced H.R. 4549, the bipartisan “Saudi Educational Transparency and Reform Act,” requiring the State Department to provide a report to Congress reviewing educational...
November 6th, 2017
I was given an opportunity to review the Mexican American Studies Toolkit by Tony Diaz. A ‘textbook’ Diaz would like to have implemented into our Texas school system.
October 26th, 2017
I released the following statement after testifying before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies during their hearing on the importance of Down syndrome...
January 31st, 2018
At bottom, it comes down essentially to whether we place primacy on the individual or on the collective. I place it on the individual, though it might seem selfish and undemocratic not to place primacy on the collective or...
January 24th, 2018
Heavy rocket roared to life on Wednesday at 12:30 pm Eastern, as SpaceX fired up the 27 Merlin engines that power the triple-booster rocket at Kennedy Space Center. Perched atop what CEO Elon Musk claims will be the most...
January 19th, 2018
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05), ranking member of the House Veterans Affairs Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Committee, and I introduced the Job TOOLS for Veterans Act, bipartisan legislation to expand...
January 4th, 2018
From President Donald Trump to the rise of new nationalist political parties in Europe to a general
December 21st, 2017
I issued the following statement after voting in favor of Congress’ final conference-reported tax reform bill.
December 12th, 2017
I appeared on Fox News’ ‘The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino,’ The Sean Hannity Radio Show, and KTRH’s Michael Berry show on Thursday and Friday.
December 11th, 2017
I released the following statement after sending a letter to Members of Leadership urging them to keep the income exclusion for graduate tuition waivers in the tax reform package:
November 29th, 2017
Texans are falling behind the rest of the country in getting vaccinated against the most common sexually transmitted infection — making them more vulnerable to several types of cancer, a new study says.
November 2nd, 2017
A new story struck my fancy, polar bears hold Russian town hostage. It appears that 20 polar bears are staying put around a coastal Russian town, looking for Walrus meat after a major Walrus migration.
October 16th, 2017
As a kid, I found a common game to play (especially for boys) was ‘King of the mountain’. The idea was that everyone would gather around a mound of dirt and one or two kids would get on top. The objective of the game was...