Rep. Brooks Landgraf welcomes Governor Greg Abbott to West Texas

ODESSA, Texas -- State Representative Brooks Landgraf and his fellow West Texans warmly welcomed Governor Greg Abbott to the Permian Basin on Wednesday. Governor Abbott and Representative Landgraf spoke to a packed crowd at Rockin’ Q Smokehouse about the overwhelmingly successful 84th Legislative Session and the upcoming Constitutional Amendments Election in November.

"We’re excited to host Governor Greg Abbott here in the Permian Basin,” Landgraf said. “This was a conservative legislative session and the Governor led by example. We are both committed conservatives and I am honored and humbled that he allowed me the opportunity to introduce him.”

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Lt. Governor Dan Patrick joins Rep. Brooks Landgraf in Odessa

ODESSA - Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick joined State Rep. Brooks Landgraf on Tuesday to speak with business and community leaders in Odessa about propositions to amend the Texas Constitution on the November ballot. Patrick accepted Landgraf’s invitation to visit the Permian Basin. 

"We’re excited to have Lt. Gov. Patrick here in the Permian Basin,” Landgraf said. “He has demonstrated conservative leadership in the Texas Senate, and has also proven himself to be an ally of West Texas and the energy industry. Dan Patrick is a friend of mine, and I look forward to working with him in the next legislative session to make Texas an even better place to live, work and raise a family.”

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"Standing Again to Serve"

Serving as your state representative requires a great deal of sacrifice, hard work and long hours, but I sincerely appreciate every minute of it, and I’m humbled to have the privilege to serve as your voice in the Texas Capitol. I stand asking for the honor to continue to serve you.

With encouragement from the constituents we serve and after prayerful reflection, Shelby and I decided that I will seek re-election to continue to be your state representative

As a candidate, I vowed to fight for tax relief, promote life and protect the Second Amendment. When I took office, that’s exactly what I did. I co-authored a bill that gives hard-working Texans almost $4 billion in tax relief. I filed a pro-life bill, signed into law by Gov. Abbott, which will prevent hundreds of abortions each year. I also co-authored H.B. 910, widely viewed as the greatest protection of Second Amendment rights in Texas in more than a century.

Gov. Abbott called our work “the most conservative legislative session that we’ve ever seen” in Texas. I’m proud to have played a key role in the effort.

With your guidance, I was steadfast in being true to West Texas. I was born here, my wife and I raise our family here, and I will never stop fighting for West Texas. Even when my own political interests could be better served by taking an easy way out, I stood up and fought for West Texas.

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Landgraf Announces District Office Grand Opening

ODESSA, Texas – After concluding the 84th Legislative Session pushing for tax relief, educational resources, transportation funding, and West Texas values, State Representative Brooks Landgraf invites the community to join him for the opening of the new district office.

The grand opening will be Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the office located in the Municipal Plaza at 119 W. 4th Street in downtown Odessa.

"In order to better serve my constituents, I am honored to announce the grand opening of your local West Texas district office," Landgraf stated.

The local District 81 office will operate as the West Texas hub for any assistance relating to state issues for residents of Andrews, Ector, Ward, and Winkler counties.

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Odessa American Editorial: "Good Session for Odessa's Freshman Rep"

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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. 

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