Category Archives: State Senator Craig Estes, Senate District 30


Texas State Senator Craig Estes

Texas State Senator Craig Estes

by Lenny Leatherman

Through the years I have noticed that it takes a significant amount of courage to stand solitarily against the collective will of a body.

Knowing he had absolutely nothing to gain by abstaining, and that it would probably cost him his Senate leadership role in the Agriculture, Rural Affairs, and Homeland Security Committee and the Committee on State Affairs, Senator Estes had the character and the courage to stand alone against the collective will of the Senate majority by not following the herd. He abstained from voting on a very popular bill among Senate Republicans; a bill I would have likely voted for.

Continue reading →

Estes votes for increase in transportation funding


Senate Passes Senate Joint Resolution 1 and Senate Bill 1

Senator Estes supports both to increase transportation funding while protecting the Rainy Day Fund

– Beginning the Third Called Session, Senator Estes voted in favor of a legislative package that will increase transportation funding and ensure a healthy balance in the Economic Stabilization Fund, known as the Rainy Day Fund.

Continue reading →

Texas House passes SB 1857 (Texas School Safety Training Act)


 Senator Craig Estes

Texas State Senate District 30

For Immediate Release

May 17, 2013

Contact: Liz White


“Texas School Safety Training Act” Sent to Governor

Act empowers courageous teachers to voluntarily seek training for active-shooter scenarios

 Austin – Today the Texas House finally passed SB 1857, the Texas School Safety Training Act, which empowers qualified Concealed Handgun License (CHL) instructors to earn a “school safety certification” that would allow them to train teachers to save lives should an active-shooter scenario occur inside a Texas school. The bill now goes to Governor Perry to await his signature.

Continue reading →

Estes: The Medicaid Mousetrap

Op-Ed from the Office of State Senator Craig Estes, District 30

sensealFor Immediate Release

March 11, 2013

Contact: Liz White



The Medicaid Mousetrap

My granddad often told me, “there’s always free cheese in a mousetrap.” Those words have never rung more true than with Medicaid expansion. I can’t help but think Texas is being lured by “free” federal dollars into expanding Medicaid. Mousetraps don’t work out well for mice, and Medicaid expansion won’t work out well for Texans.

First, Texas can’t afford Medicaid expansion.

Continue reading →

A Call for Truth in Budgeting


Continue reading →

Senator Estes files “Truth in Budgeting” constitutional amendment



Press Conference on State and Local Park Funding



Estes files RFID bill


 Austin – State Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) today filed SB 173, a bill that prohibits the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology by school districts to track or transmit information regarding public school students.

Continue reading →

Kick Off of 83rd Legislature


Fate of “Flying Pigs” vs “Slaughtered Hogs”

Op-Ed: 01/02/2013, By State Senator Craig Estes (R- Wichita Falls) –

 Texas State Senator considers asking Texas Rangers to find missing Texas congressional conservatives

State Senator Craig Estes

State Senator Craig Estes

Where have all the federal budget-cutting Texas conservatives gone?As Chairman of the Texas Senate Committee responsible for our state’s Homeland Security, I am contemplating calling out the Texas Rangers to find them.

It appears that somewhere between Texas and Washington, they got lost.

That’s right! Some of our Texas congressional Republicans voted to pass Obama’s “fiscal cliff compromise” legislation.

This legislation looks like, smells like and tastes like a tax increase. Why?  Because it is a tax increase bill!

Continue reading →