Cy-Fair Edition | October 2020

CANDIDATE Q&A

2020 Voter Guide

Get to know the candidates running in the general election

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Incumbent

COMPILED BY DANICA LLOYD

Texas House District 130

TOM OLIVERSON

BRYAN J. HENRY

Occupation: political science professor at Lone Star College- University Park Relevant experience: over 10 years of teaching and leadership roles in public secondary and higher education systems, graduate degrees in education and political science, and service on executive board of the Texas Council for the Social Studies www.bryanjhenry.com

Occupation: anesthesiologist Relevant experience: served two terms in Texas House, voted “Best Freshman Legislator” first term, chosen as one of “Texas Monthly”’s “Ten Best Legislators” for 2019, vice chair of Insurance in Texas House and chair of Workers Comp committee for the National Council of Insurance Legislators 713-554-9030 • www.tomoliverson.com

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Why are you running to represent District 130?

My call to public service came from God’s plan for me and my family. It was God’s calling that led me to run for office and it is His call once again that brings me back. Since my first election, I have become a respected voice for prosperity, limited government and innovative policy solutions in Austin. Many of my legislative achievements have received national acclaim and several are now national model policies. With God’s blessing, I have the strength and vision to continue to serve.

I am running for the Texas House to be the voice of working Texas families. District 130 is diverse and deserves a representative who will fight to ensure equal opportunity and equal protection under the law for everyone. As a parent and educator, I understand that families want what is best for their children, and I will serve the district as a compassionate, pragmatic problem-solver willing to work across the aisle to serve all residents.

How would you address COVID-19 response and economic recovery efforts during the 87th Legislature?

We must permanently repeal the unnecessary business regulations that were suspended during the pandemic to promote a speedy economic recovery. Second, we must revisit laws giving chief executives in Texas unlimited, sweeping powers to infringe upon the basic rights of Texans due to a pandemic. Finally, a comprehensive look at our system of state and local public health resources is necessary to ensure that we are better prepared for the next pandemic.

Our current leaders’ indecision and indifference has devastated our communities, and they continue to downplay the threat of the virus. If elected, I will support policy grounded in science and the advice of public health experts. I will make sure schools receive the resources needed to educate children safely, support legislation to help people and businesses get back on their feet, provide all workers with paid sick leave, and fix our broken unemployment insurance system.

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