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June 6, 2015

Odessa American: "One of 150 - Landgraf looks back on freshman term"

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 May 31, 2015

Landgraf Hard at Work as Session Nears End 

State Rep. Brooks Landgraf succeeded on a number of the legislative priorities in the Texas House of Representatives during the final week of this year's legislative session.
 
Campus Construction Funding
As a result of legislation filed by Landgraf, the University of Texas-Permian Basin (UTPB) and the Texas Tech Health Science Center-Permian Basin (TTUHSC) received authorization for funding to construct new buildings. UTPB will receive $48 million for the construction of an engineering and a kinesiology building, and TTUHSC will receive more than $14 million for a new academic building in Odessa.
 
"It was a pleasure to work with administrators from both UTPB and TTUHSC to secure needed funds for important construction projects on their campuses," Landgraf said. "Fighting in the Capitol for the institutions in our community was one of my first legislative priorities, and I am pleased to fulfill my pledge and produce results for higher education in West Texas."
  
State Budget
Landgraf supported a state budget that stays well below the spending limit imposed in the Texas Constitution. The Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget prioritizes transportation needs across Texas, and ensures that West Texas Highways are not neglected. The budget was approved by the Legislature and sent to Gov. Greg Abbott this week. 
 
"This budget allocates important infrastructure funding that will significantly benefit our West Texas region, while also adequately funding for our state's public school system," Landgraf said. "The budget provides a significant increase in funding for border security and public safety."
  
Open Carry
Landgraf voted for a bill that passed on Friday that would permit concealed handgun license-holders to openly carry handguns. 
 
"I heard from countless constituents about their desire for the open carry bill to pass," Landgraf said. "I am proud to preserve the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Texans."
 
Gov. Abbott has indicated he will sign the open carry bill into law, and it will take effect January 1, 2016.
  
Tax Cuts
Texans will soon see lower taxes thanks to legislation Landgraf supported. Landgraf voted in favor of a tax relief package that will cut the business franchise tax and increase the homestead exemption for Texas homeowners.
 
"As a result of these tax cuts, Texans will be able to keep more of their hard earned money in their pockets," Landgraf said. "This fiscally responsible tax cut will also help to continue to grow our strong Texas economy." 
 
The tax relief package passed the House and Senate last week, and is now on its way to Governor Abbott's desk for final approval. The measure will ultimately have to be approved by Texas voters on the November 2015 ballot before taking effect. 
 
State Representative Brooks Landgraf was elected in 2014 to serve House District 81, which includes Andrews, Ector, Ward, and Winkler Counties. Landgraf resides in Odessa with his wife Shelby and works as an attorney and rancher. He also serves on the Midland-Odessa Transportation Alliance Board of Directors, the Education Foundation Board of Directors, and the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute Advisory Council.
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May 29, 2015

Landgraf Delivers Construction Funding for UTPB and TTUHSC Projects

AUSTIN- Friday, the Texas House of Representatives gave final approval to House Bill 100, which includes provisions introduced by State Rep. Brooks Landgraf that will assist Texas Tech University Health Science Center-Permian Basin (TTUHSC), and the University of Texas Permian Basin (UTPB) in financing the construction of new buildings on both campuses.
 
"I'm thrilled to support UTPB and the Texas Tech medical school in working to pass a bill to secure funding for much needed construction process," Landgraf said. "As a result of this legislation, UTPB and TTUHSC will be able to construct important new facilities that will help continue their mission of providing top-tier education opportunities to our West Texas students."
 
House Bill 100 authorizes $48 million in campus construction funds to UTPB to construct both an engineering building and a kinesiology building, and also authorizes more than $14 million to TTUHSC to construct a medical education building in downtown Odessa. The amounts authorized for the projects originated in two bills filed earlier this year by Landgraf.
 
"I began fighting for these projects at our West Texas higher education institutions before I even took office," Landgraf said. "I was proud to work with administrators from both schools, and Sen. Kel Seliger to ensure these projects can move forward and enable higher education in Odessa to remain competitive."
 
The bill will now be sent to Governor Greg Abbott's desk for final approval. Project construction could begin as early as September 1, 2015.
 
State Representative Brooks Landgraf was elected in 2014 to serve House District 81, which includes Andrews, Ector, Ward, and Winkler Counties. Landgraf resides in Odessa with his wife Shelby and works as an attorney and rancher. He also serves on the Midland-Odessa Transportation Alliance Board of Directors, the Education Foundation Board of Directors, and the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute Advisory Council.
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May 27, 2015

Landgraf's Down Syndrome Information Act Heading to Governor

AUSTIN- Tuesday, the Texas Senate officially passed the Down syndrome information act, House Bill 3374. The legislation will now head to Governor Abbott's desk for final approval.

"I am thrilled that this important piece of legislation has successfully passed both the House and Senate this session," Landgraf said. "I have no doubt that parents will be better informed by health care providers following Down syndrome diagnoses, and many precious lives will be saved in the process." 

Under the provisions of the bill, medical providers will be required to provide information to expectant parents following a likely diagnosis of Down syndrome. If approved by Governor Abbott, the provisions of the bill will take effect on September 1, 2015. 

State Representative Brooks Landgraf was elected in 2014 to serve House District 81, which encompasses Andrews, Ector, Ward, and Winkler Counties. Landgraf resides in Odessa with his wife, Shelby. He works as a cattle rancher and also practices law at the firm of Todd, Barron, Thomason, Hudman & Baxter, P.C. in Odessa. An Eagle Scout, Landgraf also serves on the Midland-Odessa Transportation Alliance Board of Directors, the Education Foundation Board of Directors, and the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute Advisory Council. 

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 May 27, 2015

Landgraf Backs Bill to Limit State Government Spending

AUSTIN- Wednesday, the Texas House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 9, which reforms the current method for limiting the growth of state government spending.
 
"This is another great step to bring budget transparency to the legislative process," State Rep. Brooks Landgraf said. "I was proud to stand with my colleagues in support of this important legislation that will preserve our Texas conservative principles." 
 
The bill limits state government spending to population growth plus inflation.
 
This fiscally responsible legislation is expected to receive final Senate approval before being sent to the governor's desk. 
 
The legislative session for the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate concludes on Monday, June 1st. 
 
State Representative Brooks Landgraf was elected in 2014 to serve House District 81, which encompasses Andrews, Ector, Ward, and Winkler Counties. Landgraf resides in Odessa with his wife, Shelby. He works as a cattle rancher and also practices law at the firm of Todd, Barron, Thomason, Hudman & Baxter, P.C. in Odessa. An Eagle Scout, Landgraf also serves on the Midland-Odessa Transportation Alliance Board of Directors, the Education Foundation Board of Directors, and the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute Advisory Council.
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May 22, 2015

Landgraf Succeeds in Effort to Create New District Court

AUSTIN- Friday, the Texas House gave final approval to Senate Bill 1139, which authorizes the creation of the 446th District Court of Texas located in Ector County. State Representative Brooks Landgraf offered the initial legislation creating the court when he filed House Bill 1089 earlier this year.
 
Landgraf initiated the effort to create a new judicial district in Ector County after discussing with local leaders problems that result from having back-logged cases.
 
A new district court has not been created in Ector County since 1985, despite significant population growth during the period since then.
 
"With the creation of the 446th District Court we are ensuring that our citizens' right to a fair and efficient trial is protected," Landgraf said. "This new court will be a welcome addition to our West Texas justice system and will come at no additional cost to taxpayers."
 
Under provisions of the bill, the 446th District Court could begin hearing cases as early as September 1, 2015. The court will also operate in existing buildings, and will not require the construction of any new facilities in Ector County.
 
State Representative Brooks Landgraf was elected in 2014 to serve House District 81, which encompasses Andrews, Ector, Ward, and Winkler Counties. Landgraf resides in Odessa with his wife, Shelby. He works as a cattle rancher and also practices law at the firm of Todd, Barron, Thomason, Hudman & Baxter, P.C. in Odessa. An Eagle Scout, Landgraf also serves on the Midland-Odessa Transportation Alliance Board of Directors, the Education Foundation Board of Directors, and the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute Advisory Council.
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May 15, 2015

Landgraf's Down Syndrome Information Act Passes Texas House

AUSTIN- On Friday, the Texas House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill 3374, the Down syndrome information act, joint-authored by State Representative Brooks Landgraf. 

"It has been a privilege to work on this critical issue that is very near and dear to my heart," Landgraf said. "Today we are one step closer to ensuring that all parents have access to the information available to them when they receive a diagnosis that indicates their child has Down syndrome."

The bill requires that a medical provider furnish information about treatment options and resources for Down syndrome to expectant parents or new parents following a diagnosis of Down syndrome. 

During the final moments of debate on the bill, Landgraf offered a critical amendment prohibiting the state-produced information from implicitly or explicitly presenting pregnancy termination as an option when a prenatal test indicates that the unborn child has Down syndrome. 

"I am proud that the Texas House joined me in supporting this bill that will inform parents and help save the lives of unborn children with Down syndrome," Landgraf said. 

The bill will now move to the Texas Senate for approval. If enacted, the law will become effective on September 1, 2015. 

State Representative Brooks Landgraf was elected in 2014 to serve House District 81, which encompasses Andrews, Ector, Ward, and Winkler Counties. Landgraf resides in Odessa with his wife, Shelby. He works as a cattle rancher and also practices law at the firm of Todd, Barron, Thomason, Hudman & Baxter, P.C. in Odessa. An Eagle Scout, Landgraf also serves on the Midland-Odessa Transportation Alliance Board of Directors, the Education Foundation Board of Directors, and the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute Advisory Council. 

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April 29, 2015

Landgraf Votes for Tax Relief Bills

AUSTIN- Wednesday, State Representative Brooks Landgraf and the Texas House passed landmark tax relief for the people of Texas, including the first ever decrease in the state sales tax. 

The House tax cut plan that was passed is the largest tax cut plan offered in the Legislature, and provides over $4.9 billion in tax relief for Texans. 

After the plan's passage, Landgraf issued the following statement: "By cutting the sales tax for the first time in Texas history, from 6.25% to 5.95%, Texans will see a permanent tax cut every single time they shop in the grocery store, the mall, the hardware store, and even the sporting goods store. Every Texan will see tax relief from this sales tax cut."

The historic tax cut package also includes a 25% cut to the taxes that businesses pay, known as the franchise tax. This plan provides the fairest approach and conservatively focuses on a low, broad rate so that the tax does not unfairly pick winners and losers.

"At a time when the economy is changing in West Texas, tax relief is welcome, and I am committed to lessening the tax burden of Texans and their business now and in the future," Landgraf said.

The bills will now be sent to the Senate for approval.

State Representative Brooks Landgraf was elected in 2014 to serve House District 81, which encompasses Andrews, Ector, Ward, and Winkler Counties. Landgraf resides in Odessa with his wife, Shelby. He works as a cattle rancher and also practices law at the firm of Todd, Barron, Thomason, Hudman & Baxter, P.C. in Odessa. An Eagle Scout, Landgraf also serves on the Midland-Odessa Transportation Alliance Board of Directors, the Education Foundation Board of Directors, and the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute Advisory Council. 

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April 15, 2015

Landgraf to Hold Town Hall in Odessa

AUSTIN- State Rep. Brooks Landgraf will host a town hall meeting in Odessa on Saturday, April 18th. The town hall, which is open to the public, will be held at the Jack Rodgers Fine Arts Center at Odessa College from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

"One of my top priorities as state representative is to keep an open and consistent dialogue with the people of House District 81," Landgraf said. "This town hall is an excellent opportunity for everyone to come out and discuss the important issues we are facing at the Capitol during the current legislative session."

During the town hall Rep. Landgraf plans to cover a variety of issues including discussion on some of the 16 bills he filed since assuming office in January.

"We’ve been hard at work over the last three months, and I am excited to provide updates about the bills we are working on as well as the accomplishments of the Texas House thus far," said Landgraf. "I am especially looking forward to speaking about the work we've already done that will have a direct and positive impact on West Texans. I look forward to constituents joining me this Saturday to share their thoughts about any issues." 

Any questions can be directed to Rep. Landgraf's office at (432) 332-0937.

State Representative Brooks Landgraf was elected in 2014 to serve House District 81, which encompasses Andrews, Ector, Ward, and Winkler Counties. Landgraf resides in Odessa with his wife, Shelby. He works as a cattle rancher and also practices law at the firm of Todd, Barron, Thomason, Hudman & Baxter, P.C. in Odessa. An Eagle Scout, Landgraf also serves on the Midland-Odessa Transportation Alliance Board of Directors, the Education Foundation Board of Directors, and the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute Advisory Council. 

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April 9, 2015

House Passes Higher Education Construction Bill

AUSTIN- Thursday, the Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 100, which will assist Texas Tech University Health Science Center Permian Basin (TTUHSC), and the University of Texas Permian Basin (UTPB) in financing the construction of new educational buildings on both campuses.

"Higher education has been one of my top priorities since arriving in Austin and the passage of H.B. 100 is a tremendous benefit for West Texas higher education institutions," Landgraf said. "This bill will allow TTUHSC and UTPB to continue producing top-tier talent in the fields of engineering and medicine."

The bill authorizes $48 million in campus construction funds to UTPB to build an engineering building, and more than $14 million to TTUHSC for the construction of a medical education building in downtown Odessa. The amounts authorized for the two projects originated from two bills filed by state Rep. Landgraf.

"I filed H.B. 625 and H.B. 626 as my first two bills of the session, and I am happy to see that these important authorizations for TTUHSC Permian Basin and UTPB are included in House Bill 100", Landgraf said. "Our community recognizes the economic benefits of educational opportunities, and these funds will go a long way to make our higher education institutions in West Texas better able to serve our communities and state."

H.B. 100 will now be heard by the Senate and must then be signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott to become effective.

State Representative Brooks Landgraf was elected in 2014 to serve House District 81, which includes Andrews, Ector, Ward, and Winkler Counties. Landgraf resides in Odessa with his wife Shelby and works as an attorney and rancher. He also serves on the Midland-Odessa Transportation Alliance Board of Directors, the Education Foundation Board of Directors, and the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute Advisory Council. 

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March 12, 2015

Landgraf Proposes Texas Fuel Fleet Grant Program

AUSTIN- Thursday, State Representative Brooks Landgraf proposed the creation of a new grant program encouraging Texas state agencies, counties, and municipalities to dedicate more of their vehicle fleet to Texas fuel vehicles.

"This innovative grant program uses left-over funds appropriated from the last legislative session for the purpose of incentivizing state and local branches of government to purchase vehicles that utilize the abundant Texas fuels that are produced right here in Texas," Landgraf said. 

Under the program, local governments with a fleet larger than 15 vehicles are eligible for grants. In addition to purchasing vehicles, the grants may also be used to construct fueling stations across the state. According to the proposal, the fuels include natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and liquefied petroleum gas. 

"This is an exciting opportunity for our entire state", Landgraf said. "Texas has long been a shining example of self-reliance and ingenuity. Texas fuels are in abundance and utilizing these domestically-produced fuel sources for fleet vehicles will be a step forward in the right direction, while simultaneously reducing long-term costs."

If the proposed legislation passes, the funds for the new grant program administered by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, would be operational beginning September 1, 2015.

Representative Brooks Landgraf was elected in 2014 to serve House District 81, which encompasses Andrews, Ector, Ward, and Winkler Counties. Landgraf resides in Odessa with his wife Shelby and works as an attorney and rancher. He also serves on the Midland-Odessa Transportation Alliance Board of Directors, the Education Foundation Board of Directors, and the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute Advisory Council. 

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March 11, 2015

Landgraf files Down Syndrome Parental Information Act

AUSTIN- Tuesday, State Representative Brooks Landgraf filed H.B. 2924, the Down Syndrome Parental Information Act. 

The bill will provide valuable medical and scientific-based information to expectant parents regarding Down syndrome, including information addressing physical, developmental, and educational outcomes, and all of the treatment options available to children with Down syndrome.

"Children bring countless blessings into our lives, and we need to ensure parents have access to all the information necessary to help give their children the most fulfilling lives possible," Landgraf said.

Under the new legislation, the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) would be required to produce current, evidence-based information that has been reviewed by medical experts from local and national Down syndrome organizations. Medical providers would be required to distribute this information to expectant parents when a prenatal test indicates a probability of a Down syndrome diagnosis, or when their child is diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth. 

"This is an issue very near and dear to my heart," Representative Landgraf said. "My aunt Phyllis was diagnosed with Down syndrome and she has brought an overwhelming amount of joy to my family over the course of her lifetime. It's important for parents to have information about all of the helpful resources available to them."

If the bill is passed and signed into law, the new information would be made available to parents beginning January 1, 2016. 

Representative Brooks Landgraf was elected in 2014 to serve House District 81, which encompasses Andrews, Ector, Ward, and Winkler Counties. Landgraf resides in Odessa with his wife Shelby and works as an attorney and rancher. He also serves on the Midland-Odessa Transportation Alliance Board of Directors, the Education Foundation Board of Directors, and the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute Advisory Council.

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February 24, 2015

Landgraf Delivers Winkler County Petition to TxDOT

AUSTIN- Tuesday, Representative Brooks Landgraf hand delivered to LtGen Joe Weber, USMC (Ret.) the head of the Texas Department of Transportation, a copy of a petition with more than 1,400 signatures from Winkler County residents demanding immediate attention to State Highway 302 in Winkler County.

"I hear the concerns and fears of my friends in Winkler County -- this ten mile stretch of highway is one of the most dangerous ten miles in the whole state of Texas, and the road's current poor condition requires immediate attention from TxDOT officials," said Landgraf.

In recent years, the highway between Kermit and Odessa has become increasingly dangerous, with numerous people killed in wrecks on the short stretch of highway each year.

"I very much appreciate Sheriff George Keely's leadership in raising awareness among the community of this problem and the initiative he took to help gather input from across the county on this important issue," Representative Landgraf said.

The petition calls upon the Texas Legislature, the governor, and TxDOT to provide immediate funding to convert Highway 302 from two lanes into four lanes. At a minimum, Landgraf will request adding longer passing lanes throughout the deadly stretch of road.

"The safety and security of my constituents is of utmost importance to me, and I look forward to working with the Texas Department of Transportation to find a long-term and sustainable solution to this dangerous situation in Winkler County,” Landgraf said.

Representative Brooks Landgraf was elected in 2014 to serve House District 81, which encompasses Andrews, Ector, Ward, and Winkler Counties. Landgraf resides in Odessa with his wife Shelby and works as an attorney and rancher. He also serves on the Midland-Odessa Transportation Alliance Board of Directors, the Education Foundation Board of Directors, and the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute Advisory Council.

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February 12, 2015

Landgraf Co-Authors Bill to Protect Hunting, Fishing

AUSTIN- Today, Representative Brooks Landgraf co-authored House Joint Resolution (HJR) 61, which protects hunting and fishing as a right under the Texas Constitution.

"As a lifelong sportsman, I am pleased to support this resolution which protects our right to hunt and fish in Texas," said Representative Landgraf.

If HJR 61 passes the House and Senate and is signed by Governor Abbott, voters would be required to approve the amendment in the November 3, 2015 election.

In addition to protecting hunting and fishing as a right under the Texas constitution, HJR 61 also notes that hunting and fishing are preferred methods of managing and controlling wildlife. The proposed amendment would not affect any provision currently in law that relates to trespassing, property rights, or eminent domain.

"In addition to being some of Texas' most cherished pastimes, hunting and fishing are also effective ways for landowners to engage in the wildlife conservation process. This amendment preserves that opportunity, while also respecting and protecting the private property rights that are of utmost importance to all Texas landowners," said Representative Landgraf.

Representative Brooks Landgraf was elected in 2014 to serve House District 81, which encompasses Andrews, Ector, Ward, and Winkler Counties. Landgraf resides in Odessa with his wife Shelby and works as an attorney and rancher. He also serves on the Midland-Odessa Transportation Alliance Board of Directors, the Education Foundation Board of Directors, and the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute Advisory Council. 

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 February 4, 2015

Landgraf Appointed to Energy, Investments

AUSTIN- Wednesday, Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) had the honor of being appointed to serve on both the House Committee on Energy Resources and the House Committee on Investments and Financial Services.

"I am honored to serve District 81 in the Texas House of Representatives and strongly believe my appointment to the committees on Energy Resources and Investments and Financial Services will benefit our communities and I look forward to working for the betterment of West Texas on these very important committees," said Representative Landgraf.

The House Committee on Energy Resources includes, but is not limited to, the jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to the production, regulation, transportation, and development of oil, gas, and other energy resources.

The jurisdiction of the House Committee on Investments and Financial Services includes the oversight of banking and the state banking system; savings and loan associations; and credit unions, among other things.

"Now that House Committees have been assigned, we will begin to hold hearings on bills and determine how best to solve the issues facing our great state," Representative Landgraf explained. "Texas has so much to be proud of, but there is still work to be done to make sure that it remains the best state in the union to live, work, and raise a family. Our community is blessed to have abundant supplies of energy and this is vital to our region. I look forward to serving as a strong voice for the Permian Basin."

Representative Brooks Landgraf was elected in 2014 to serve House District 81, which encompasses Andrews, Ector, Ward, and Winkler Counties. Landgraf resides in Odessa with his wife Shelby and works as an attorney and rancher. He also serves on the Midland-Odessa Transportation Alliance Board of Directors, the Education Foundation Board of Directors, and the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute Advisory Council. 

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 February 1, 2015

Landgraf Previews Legislative Agenda

The 84th Session of the Texas Legislature is underway. Here are some of the issues I’m diligently working on for West Texans:

Budget

This week, the Texas House proposed the first draft of the state budget for the next two years. It focuses on conservative principles and only increases spending by .2 percent from the previous budget, well below the constitutional spending limit. The House plan will be modified to include tax relief so that Texans can keep more of their hard-earned money.

Transportation

We continue to be reminded of the growing dangers that drivers face on West Texas roads. It’s unacceptable for collisions to occur at the alarming rate, and I will continue to prioritize transportation issues. I look forward to working with local governments and the Texas Department of Transportation to make our highway system safer and more reliable.

Water

Securing our water future is imperative for our state’s continued economic success and the Permian Basin’s ability to attract new jobs and remain competitive. I look forward to finding creative solutions to ensure a reliable, long-term water supply for West Texas. As a rancher and landowner, I understand the importance of protecting property rights of landowners as we secure our water future.

Education

We must work to strengthen our educational system at every level. I have already filed two bills that will help support our local higher education institutions in their continued mission to deliver top-quality education in West Texas and I will support other bills that are aimed at strengthening educational opportunities for future generations.

Second Amendment Rights

This session will also provide an opportunity to defend and expand our Second Amendment rights. I’m working to answer the call from West Texans to protect our gun rights. I am proud to co-author House Bill 910 which will extend the right of CHL holders to openly carry handguns in Texas.

It is an honor to serve Andrews, Ector, Ward and Winkler counties in the Texas House of Representatives, and I look forward to hearing from my constituents throughout the legislative session. My staff and I are here to serve you and may be reached in our Capitol office at (512) 463-0546.


January 29, 2015

Landgraf Co-Authors Open Carry Bill

AUSTIN -- State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R - Odessa) signed on to co-author House Bill 910, which would legalize the licensed open carry of handguns in Texas. Landgraf supports this legislation to protect Texans' Second Amendment rights, while also making Texas communities safer.

"As a life-long Second Amendment advocate and hunter, I'm proud to help co-author this bill," Landgraf said. "In addition to having a constitutional right to bear arms, I believe all law-abiding Texans should have the ability to defend themselves."

If passed into law, House Bill 910 would allow concealed handgun license (CHL) holders to openly carry a holstered handgun. Currently, Texas is one of only six states that prohibit open carry of handguns.

"I have spoken with hundreds of fellow West Texans who have asked for their Second Amendment rights to be protected through an open carry bill," Landgraf explained.

House Bill 910 is modeled after the successful Concealed Carry Law passed in 1995. Studies show gun violence in Texas has been reduced by 40% since the Concealed Carry Law went into effect.

"I believe we will pass this open carry bill to enhance Texans' right to self-protection," Landgraf stated.

Landgraf represents District 81, which encompasses Andrews, Ector, Ward and Winkler Counties.

An experienced business lawyer who has worked in the oil and gas and health care industries, Landgraf currently works for the Todd, Barron, Thomason, Hudman & Baxter Law Firm and helps manage his family's ranch.

Representative Landgraf is a fourth-generation West Texan. He and his wife Shelby live in Odessa and are proud to call West Texas their home. 

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January 13, 2015

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Today, with Shelby by my side, I was honored to stand, with my hand on my Bible, and raise my hand to take the oath of office as your state representative. The tough decisions of the office began immediately today, and they will continue throughout the next 139 days of the legislative session, but I'm honored to be a strong voice that fights for the needs of West Texas in the State Capitol.

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January 8, 2015

Rep-Elect Landgraf Files Bills Furthering Higher Education

AUSTIN- Wednesday, Representative-Elect Brooks Landgraf pre-filed two bills aimed at furthering the opportunity for higher education institutions in West Texas. House Bill 626 and House Bill 625, would finance the construction of necessary buildings at both the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at the Permian Basin and the University of Texas Permian Basin.

“Higher education is of vital importance to our region and both the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center and University of Texas Permian Basin offer incredible opportunities for our community,” Representative-Elect Landgraf said upon the filing of this landmark legislation.

House Bill 626 authorizes the issuance of $45 million in tuition revenue bonds to fund an engineering building at UTPB. House Bill 625 authorizes the issuance of $17.8 million in tuition revenue bonds to fund construction of a medical education building for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at the Permian Basin.

“These projects are fundamental to UTPB and TTUHSC, and their ability to educate the next generation of Texas engineers, physicians and other health care providers,” Representative-Elect Landgraf stated.

Representative-Elect Landgraf will work to pass these two measures in the 84th Legislative Session – which begins January 13, 2015 and concludes June 1, 2015.

“I will work diligently with members of the Legislature to pass these measures and will continue my collaboration with the dedicated leaders at both institutions to propel West Texas into the next echelon in higher education,” Representative-Elect Landgraf said.

Representative-Elect Brooks Landgraf was elected in 2014 to serve as the State Representative for District 81, which encompasses Andrews, Ector, Ward and Winker Counties. Landgraf resides in Odessa with his wife Shelby and works as an attorney and rancher. He serves on the Midland-Odessa Transportation Alliance board of directors, the Education Foundation board of directors and the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute advisory council.

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 November 5, 2014

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Thank you to the voters of West Texas, our tireless supporters and loving family for your role in the electoral process over the last eleven months! Our victory would have been impossible without you all, and our gratitude knows no bounds. I'm ready to serve you, and roll up my sleeves to work for the future of this great state. God bless Texas!

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March 5, 2014

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I am honored to answer the call to serve the people of West Texas in the Texas House of Representatives!

Our victory would have been impossible without the unconditional love of family, the hard work of volunteers and the active participation of the voters! Shelby and I thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

Our work to be a strong voice begins now. May God bless Texas!

Respectfully yours,

Brooks Landgraf

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Conservative Republicans of Texas Endorsement of Brooks Landgraf

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Landgraf Endorsed For HD81

In advance of the 2014 elections, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility has endorsed Brooks Landgraf in the election to fill the open HD81 seat.

“Brooks Landgraf is a strong conservative with the energy and skills necessary to represent the Permian Basin in the Texas House,” said TFR president Michael Quinn Sullivan. “Brooks Landgraf will fight for the commonsense values that Texas families hold most dear, and will make the Lone Star State shine even brighter.”

A complete listing of current endorsements by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility can be found at www.EmpowerTexans.com.

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January 13, 2014

Landgraf’s Conservative Credibility Bolstered by Coveted Pair of Endorsements

 

ODESSA – Brooks Landgraf, Republican candidate for State Representative in House District 81, announced Monday that he received coveted endorsements from the Conservative Republicans of Texas and Cathie Adams, President of the Texas Eagle Forum. Election Day is Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
 
“Our campaign is rapidly gaining momentum,” stated Landgraf. “With endorsements from Texas’s conservative leaders and the personal endorsements from West Texas voters, broad support is coming in every day and from every county in the district because I am the genuine conservative choice,” Landgraf said.
 
The Conservative Republicans of Texas is an organization committed to supporting outstanding legislative candidates who will fight for fiscal discipline and free enterprise economic policies in our government.
 
“Brooks Landgraf has the right experience combined with upright character to be the next State Representative representing the wonderful people in West Texas,” stated Cathie Adams, President of Texas Eagle Forum and former Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas. “Brooks understands the slippery slope being laid by Obamacare, and he has the integrity to defend innocent life according to God's plan. His experience working for a congressman dealing with the critical issues facing Texas' energy industry is most needed in Austin to keep our economy strong. I ask my friends in House District 81 to vote for Brooks Landgraf for State Representative,” Adams concluded.
 
Texas Eagle Forum's mission is to enable conservative and pro-family men and women to participate in the process of self-government and public policy-making so that America will continue to be a land that promotes individual liberty, respect for family integrity, public and private virtue, and private enterprise.
 
Brooks Landgraf, born and raised in Odessa, is a lawyer, rancher and civic leader. Landgraf serves on the Midland-Odessa Transportation Alliance board of directors, the Education Foundation board of directors, and the John Ben Shepperd Leadership Institute advisory council. A proud Eagle Scout, Brooks has also been a leader in the Boy Scouts of America, and a member of the state advisory council of YMCA Youth & Government. Landgraf continues to mentor young adults through the Odessa Teen Court program. He serves as chief counsel at Medical Center Health System.
 
Landgraf and his wife Shelby are proud to call West Texas their home. They attend St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Odessa.
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December 9, 2013

Local Attorney, Rancher Files for Open State Representative District 81 Seat

ODESSA, TX – Brooks Landgraf, a fourth generation West Texan and local attorney, announces that he is running for State Representative in District 81. Landgraf is seeking the open seat’s Republican nomination in the upcoming Primary election on March 4, 2014.

Landgraf looks forward to the opportunity to continue carrying on the strong values of West Texas while bringing a new conservative energy to the state capitol.

“I am committed to our time-honored West Texas principles of freedom, self-reliance and integrity,” Landgraf stated. “On top of that, I possess a new conservative energy and I will boldly represent our values to build a stronger region and Lone Star state for current and future generations.”

Brooks Landgraf's new conservative energy will be a strong voice for West Texas. Landgraf is a native son of Odessa whose family has been ranching in West Texas for five generations. Brooks helps manage his family's cow-calf operation and mineral interests; he knows first-hand what it takes for a small business to make payroll and the damaging impact over-regulation can have on our economy. Landgraf is also an experienced business lawyer who has worked in the oil and gas and health care industries.

“I feel called to serve our region and I put our community first,” Landgraf explained. “I have the experience and the energy to fight for this district and advocate for the needs of my fellow West Texans.”

A Permian High School alum, Brooks attended Texas A&M University, where he received U.S. Army training in the Corps of Cadets and served as the leader of the university's student senate. After graduating cum laude from Texas A&M, Landgraf earned his law degree from the St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, where he also served as the editor-in-chief of the law review.

Following law school, Brooks immediately returned home to West Texas and represented energy producers and other local businesses while working at the Shafer, Davis, O'Leary & Stoker law firm in Odessa. While in private practice, he was named volunteer of the year by Legal Aid for his pro bono efforts. Currently, Landgraf is chief counsel for Medical Center Health System, the largest health care provider in the Permian Basin.

Prior to practicing law, Brooks gained legislative experience as well as energy policy insight by working as an aide to U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, a Texas Republican who chaired the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Back home in Texas, he has continued to use and develop his legislative skills by fighting for Permian Basin groups such as Odessa College, local public schools and West Texas taxpayers at the state capitol. Showcasing his true grit, loyalty and vitality, Landgraf ensured every bill he fought for on behalf of his fellow West Texans passed in the Legislature.

Dedicated to giving back to the community that has given so much to him, Brooks actively volunteers his time to help West Texas. Landgraf serves on the Midland-Odessa Transportation Alliance board of directors, the Education Foundation board of directors, and the John Ben Shepperd Leadership Institute advisory council. A proud Eagle Scout, Brooks has also been a leader in the Boy Scouts of America, and a member of the state advisory council of YMCA Youth & Government. Landgraf continues to mentor young adults through the Odessa Teen Court program.

Brooks and his wife, Shelby, whose family is from Andrews, are proud to call West Texas their home. They enjoy volunteering together for Food 2 Kids, Catholic Charities and UTPB, and the couple loves spending time together working on the family cattle ranch. They attend St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Odessa.

Stay up to date with the Brooks Landgraf Campaign by following the campaign on Twitter (https://twitter.com/brookslandgraf) and liking it on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/VoteLandgraf).

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