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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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