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State Senator Craig Estes Announces He Will Seek Re-Election
Calls on Governor Rick Perry to run for President
Wichita Falls, Texas, Monday, August 8, 2011—-Republican State Senator Craig Estes announced that he will seek reelection to the Texas State Senate in the newly redrawn District 30. Estes is a businessman and life-long Wichita Falls resident who was first elected to the State Senate in 2001. During this time he has worked for his constituents with the philosophy of being a guardian for our shared common-sense conservative values.
“It is important that Texas Legislators have the desire to work hard to provide real results for their constituents,” said Estes. “I’ve had great success in passing conservative legislation, and it has only made me more eager to continue to serve the people of District 30. I will seek re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2012.”
During the 2011 session, Senator Estes was the author of SB 18, the landmark property rights legislation that protects Texas homeowners from abuse in eminent domain proceedings. Senator Estes also co-authored legislation to require persons to show a photo identification in order to vote in Texas elections. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Estes helped write a budget that closed an estimated $24 billion shortfall without raising taxes while still saving $4 billion in the state Rainy Day Fund.
“We faced stiff opposition in our efforts to pass a budget that did not raise taxes, requiring photo ID for voters, and
protecting the rights of property owners, but in the end the conservative ideals of Texans won out,” commented Estes. “My constituents were very clear about their desire for the passage of these three measures, and I am proud to say that we were successful in implementing a conservative agenda for Texans.”
During the last session, the legislature also took up the constitutional required task of redrawing state office districts, including State Senate districts. As a consequence of the rapidly growing population in Collin and Denton counties, District 30 will no longer include five counties (Baylor, Shackleford, Stephens, Throckmorton, Wilbarger) and will gain one county (Erath).
“It’s been a pleasure serving the people of Baylor, Shackleford, Stephens, Throckmorton and Wilbarger counties, and I’m disappointed that I will no longer be their State Senator beginning in 2013,” said Estes. “Conversely, I’m looking forward to meeting the folks in Erath County”.
District 30 will continue to include all of Archer, Clay, Cooke, Grayson, Jack, Montague, Parker, Palo Pinto, Wichita, Wise, and Young Counties as well as large geographical portions of Collin and Denton Counties.
In addition to announcing he will seek re-election, Senator Estes publicly called on Texas Governor Rick Perry to run for President of the United States. “Governor Rick Perry has a clear record of cutting government spending, reducing government intrusion into private business, and cutting taxes in order to encourage economic development and job creation in Texas,” said Estes. “I know Rick Perry will allow those same principles to guide him as our nation’s President during this economic crisis. I publicly call upon Rick Perry to run for President of the United States of America.”
Senator Estes currently serves as the Chair of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and as Vice-Chairman of the Natural Resource Committee, Business and Commerce Committee, Finance Committee, the Select Committee on Redistricting and Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee.
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