Voter Guide

The COVID-19 pandemic has made its mark in most aspects of our daily lives – and the congressional election process was not exempt.

Knowing the candidates’ stances on issues important to agriculture and rural Texas is essential for corn farmers across the state. Texans have largely lost the important opportunity to attend in-person town halls and meetings with candidates and gain this valuable insight. If you have direct questions for any candidates, most have an opportunity to submit these directly on their website.

Texas Corn Producers Association (TCPA), through the Texas Corn Political Action Committee (Texas Corn PAC), gave candidates the opportunity to provide their perspective on agricultural and rural Texas issues.

The results of this polling of Congressional candidates is provided below. TCPA reached out to the campaigns of all candidates in the race to solicit their response. Below are the responses received directly from the candidates.

Congressional Candidate Stance on Agricultural Issues

Response Key:

Yes

No

Undecided

Do you support full funding for a federal crop insurance program that will maintain current cost-share levels between producers and government?

Congressional District 1

Louie Gohmert (R)

Congressional District 11

August Pfluger (R)

Congressional District 13

Ronny Jackson (R)

Additional Comments: Yes, this is an acceptable parachute for natural disasters.

Congressional District 14

Randy Weber (R)

Congressional District 16

Veronica Escobar (D)

Additional Comments: Yes, full funding for the federal crop insurance program is needed because it is the foundation of our agricultural safety net that can help hundreds of family farm operations when unexpected events occur.

Congressional District 17

Rick Kennedy (D)

Pete Sessions (R)

Additional Comments: On this topic, I’d like to provide a quote from my friend Walt Smith from Hays County TX: “When Texas’ farmers and ranchers lost the safety net of crop insurance, Pete Sessions was there. As the Chairman of the Rules Committee, Pete personally worked the issue with House leadership to ensure that a full consideration on the House floor, transparent and in the open, would take place. Without him personally intervening and using the hard earned seniority accumulated over his years of service to our state, our agriculture industry would be a very different place today. The repeal of the crop insurance program was stopped with his leadership and that of other great Texas members fighting for their agriculture producers. I’m proud to call Pete my friend and know that the actions he took had a positive direct impact of rural Texas.”

Congressional District 20

Mauro Garza (R)

Additional Comments: The FCIC is essential in protecting our crop infrastructure against the uncertainty of weather and pests. While farmers must accept the risks of their industry, they must also be protected against the certainty, yet unpredictability of nature.

Congressional District 23

Tony Gonzales (R)

Additional Comments: I will also want to ensure this vital program is accessible and being utilized by small and family farms, which make up 95% of the farms in the 23rd Congressional District of Texas.

Congressional District 29

Jaimy Z Blanco (R)

Congressional District 30

Dr. Tre Pennie (R)

Additional Comments: I also support government incentives for producers that avoid unnecessary destruction of unused agricultural product, who choose to reallocate those resources to support underserved communities.

Congressional District 32

Colin Allred (D)

Do you support a revenue protection program for farmers such as the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program or the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) program in the current farm bill?

Congressional District 1

Louie Gohmert (R)

Congressional District 11

August Pfluger (R)

Congressional District 13

Ronny Jackson (R)

Additional Comments: Some changes are needed but overall beneficial programs

Congressional District 14

Randy Weber (R)

Congressional District 16

Veronica Escobar (D)

Additional Comments: Yes, revenue protection programs like the PRC and the ARC are vital for farmers who may face a sudden price drop or crop loss and they build upon our robust agricultural safety net.

Congressional District 17

Rick Kennedy (D)

Pete Sessions (R)

Congressional District 20

Mauro Garza (R)

Congressional District 23

Tony Gonzales (R)

Additional Comments: I appreciate the Trump Administration/USDA initiatives to help our farmers and ranchers handle loss mitigation, especially with the COVID-19 challenges we are currently facing. I am very supportive of the $19 billion in aid being sent through CFAP and the Farmers to Families Food Box initiative, which has been wildly successful.

Congressional District 29

Jaimy Z Blanco (R)

Congressional District 30

Dr. Tre Pennie (R)

Congressional District 32

Colin Allred (D)

Do you support conservation programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)?

Congressional District 1

Louie Gohmert (R)

Congressional District 11

August Pfluger (R)

Congressional District 13

Ronny Jackson (R)

Additional Comments: These are good programs to cost share and promote conservation.

Congressional District 14

Randy Weber (R)

Congressional District 16

Veronica Escobar (D)

Additional Comments: Yes, conservation programs like the EQIP and the CRP have allowed the federal government to use incentives to successfully partner with farmers with the goal of creating wildlife habitat, improving water quality, and many other conservation efforts.

Congressional District 17

Rick Kennedy (D)

Pete Sessions (R)

Congressional District 20

Mauro Garza (R)

Congressional District 23

Tony Gonzales (R)

Congressional District 29

Jaimy Z Blanco (R)

Congressional District 30

Dr. Tre Pennie (R)

Congressional District 32

Colin Allred (D)

Do you support all Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) allowing U.S. agricultural products access to foreign markets?

Congressional District 1

Louie Gohmert (R)

Congressional District 11

August Pfluger (R)

Congressional District 13

Ronny Jackson (R)

Additional Comments: Ideally without the government using Ag as a political ploy.

Congressional District 14

Randy Weber (R)

Congressional District 16

Veronica Escobar (D)

Congressional District 17

Rick Kennedy (D)

Pete Sessions (R)

Additional Comments: Free Trade Agreements with foreign markets are critical to the economy of rural Texas. Since 2004, Texas farmers and ranchers have earned over $17 Billion in revenue from agriculture exports to China. Production from one-out-of-every-three acres of American farms is sold on the export market.

Congressional District 20

Mauro Garza (R)

Additional Comments: I suppose free trade, considering that trade is also fair trade. For example, free trade is not fair if the other party/nation allows child labor.

Congressional District 23

Tony Gonzales (R)

Congressional District 29

Jaimy Z Blanco (R)

Congressional District 30

Dr. Tre Pennie (R)

Congressional District 32

Colin Allred (D)

Do you support continuing the Market Access Program (MAP) and the Foreign Market Development Cooperator Program (FMD) provisions that support agricultural trade?

Congressional District 1

Louie Gohmert (R)

Congressional District 11

August Pfluger (R)

Congressional District 13

Ronny Jackson (R)

Additional Comments: Yes – but, AGI should not apply

Congressional District 14

Randy Weber (R)

Congressional District 16

Veronica Escobar (D)

Additional Comments: Yes, these programs help level the playing field abroad for our farmers as they continue to enter foreign markets and compete with their international counterparts.

Congressional District 17

Rick Kennedy (D)

Pete Sessions (R)

Congressional District 20

Mauro Garza (R)

Congressional District 23

Tony Gonzales (R)

Congressional District 29

Jaimy Z Blanco (R)

Congressional District 30

Dr. Tre Pennie (R)

Congressional District 32

Colin Allred (D)

Do you support increasing oversight of rules and regulations created by governmental agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure they are not overstepping their authority and negatively impacting farm families and small business?

Congressional District 1

Louie Gohmert (R)

Congressional District 11

August Pfluger (R)

Congressional District 13

Ronny Jackson (R)

Additional Comments: Yes- we need to get the federal government off of our backs and let the people decide what is best for them.

Congressional District 14

Randy Weber (R)

Congressional District 16

Veronica Escobar (D)

Additional Comments: Congressional oversight allows for collaboration between federal agencies like the EPA and members of Congress because it allows for an opportunity to provide constituent feedback on how certain rules and regulations are impacting the industry. Oversight is especially critical to informing agencies when some regulations may be negatively impacting small businesses while bad actors may be taking advantage of weaker rules.

Congressional District 17

Rick Kennedy (D)

Additional Comments: I support eliminating all burdensome rules & regulations that do not negatively impact the health & safety of Americans.

Pete Sessions (R)

Congressional District 20

Mauro Garza (R)

Additional Comments: Laws are the purview of lawmaking bodies, not bureaucratic agencies.

Congressional District 23

Tony Gonzales (R)

Congressional District 29

Jaimy Z Blanco (R)

Additional Comments: Regulations should be reduced.

Congressional District 30

Dr. Tre Pennie (R)

Additional Comments: I believe in the idea of limited government.

Congressional District 32

Colin Allred (D)

Additional Comments: I believe that farm families and small businesses should have a seat at the table. The EPA, and every government agency has a responsibility to hear from all parties that future regulations may impact. EPA’s mission is to protect human health and the environment, and Congress should always exercise its oversight responsibilities to ensure that the agency is fulfilling its mission. I will always be a voice for Texans within Congress and the federal government. Congress has an obligation to ensure that congressional intent is honored in all rule makings.

The Renewable Fuel Standard governs renewable fuel such as ethanol. Do you support a framework for renewable fuels moving forward?

Congressional District 1

Louie Gohmert (R)

Congressional District 11

August Pfluger (R)

Congressional District 13

Ronny Jackson (R)

Additional Comments: Ethanol provides a saving grace for ag with the hope for all commodities to follow. Would want to take a look into possibly reforming the waiver language.

Congressional District 14

Randy Weber (R)

Congressional District 16

Veronica Escobar (D)

Additional Comments: Yes, I believe we should have a framework in place for the production and use of renewable fuels moving forward. This framework should also include detailed reviews on the impact of renewable fuels on the environment.

Congressional District 17

Rick Kennedy (D)

Pete Sessions (R)

Congressional District 20

Mauro Garza (R)

Additional Comments: We absolutely must be energy independent. This is essential for both our economic prosperity and our national defense.

Congressional District 23

Tony Gonzales (R)

Congressional District 29

Jaimy Z Blanco (R)

Additional Comments: There are issues with materials used in vehicle engine and fuel systems that require consumer education to prevent excessive degradation in legacy vehicles.

Congressional District 30

Dr. Tre Pennie (R)

Congressional District 32

Colin Allred (D)

Will you support funding for ethanol infrastructure (such as tax credits or grants) for blender pumps and E85 pumps?

Congressional District 1

Louie Gohmert (R)

Congressional District 11

August Pfluger (R)

Congressional District 13

Ronny Jackson (R)

Additional Comments: Yes – but, AGI should not apply

Congressional District 14

Randy Weber (R)

Congressional District 16

Veronica Escobar (D)

Additional Comments: Yes, I will continue to support funding for renewable fuels and alternative energy infrastructure as we continue to transition towards a more environmentally friendly energy market.

Congressional District 17

Rick Kennedy (D)

Additional Comments: I am open to listening to all options & solutions.

Pete Sessions (R)

Additional Comments: Would still like to know more about where this funding would fit into budgeting, authorization, and annual appropriations, and look forward to discussing this issue with you all.

Congressional District 20

Mauro Garza (R)

Additional Comments: I believe in free trade and fair trade. Offering credits for one product and not another constitutes an unfair government endorsement.

Congressional District 23

Tony Gonzales (R)

Congressional District 29

Jaimy Z Blanco (R)

Additional Comments: No grants, possible tax credits

Congressional District 30

Dr. Tre Pennie (R)

Congressional District 32

Colin Allred (D)

Do you support legislation and/or appropriations for transportation infrastructure necessary for the marketing of agricultural goods and inputs?

Congressional District 1

Louie Gohmert (R)

Congressional District 11

August Pfluger (R)

Congressional District 13

Ronny Jackson (R)

Additional Comments: I support this so long as the appropriations are being used in a fiscally responsible manner. U.S. infrastructure is what sets our products apart from Brazil/China.

Congressional District 14

Randy Weber (R)

Congressional District 16

Veronica Escobar (D)

Additional Comments: Yes. The most recent report by the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the United States a D+ for its infrastructure. Our crumbling roads and highways will continue to have a negative effect on the marketing of our agricultural goods unless we make the historic investment needed to update our nation’s infrastructure.

Congressional District 17

Rick Kennedy (D)

Pete Sessions (R)

Congressional District 20

Mauro Garza (R)

Additional Comments: Transportation infrastructure is an essential and constitutional function of government. We need appropriate highway infrastructure for ALL industries, to include our valuable agriculture.

Congressional District 23

Tony Gonzales (R)

Additional Comments: I absolutely believe we need to expand infrastructure in our country and a priority project should be the Ports to Plains Initiative to more quickly and cost-effectively bring our nation’s food, fuel, and fiber to markets around the world.

Congressional District 29

Jaimy Z Blanco (R)

Congressional District 30

Dr. Tre Pennie (R)

Congressional District 32

Colin Allred (D)

Do you think animal rights groups such as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) should be able to dictate the way livestock is raised by Texas farmers?

Congressional District 1

Louie Gohmert (R)

Congressional District 11

August Pfluger (R)

Congressional District 13

Ronny Jackson (R)

Additional Comments: Absolutely not.

Congressional District 14

Randy Weber (R)

Congressional District 16

Veronica Escobar (D)

Additional Comments: Yes. The work of animal groups like the Humane Society of the United States is invaluable when it comes to addressing the needs of both animals and farmers. They can provide crucial insight for farmers as they move towards more humane treatment of animals.

Congressional District 17

Rick Kennedy (D)

Additional Comments: I think that we should have robust conversations between farmers and animal rights groups that balance animal welfare with our nation’s demand for livestock.

Pete Sessions (R)

Congressional District 20

Mauro Garza (R)

Additional Comments: Consumers, farmers and local communities should have input on how livestock is raised. NO-ONE should dictate.

Congressional District 23

Tony Gonzales (R)

Congressional District 29

Jaimy Z Blanco (R)

Congressional District 30

Dr. Tre Pennie (R)

Additional Questions: Animal groups are advocates and not farmers. Although, I agree with many of their recommendations, I believe that science and trade-craft expertise should remain the standard for dictating animal care. Any and all compromises about standards of care must also include the farmers themselves to gain greater insight about their protocols. Oftentimes, misunderstandings about procedures creates unnecessary conflict.

Congressional District 32

Colin Allred (D)

Additional Comments: I am proud of my record protecting animal welfare. I do not think that one party should dictate policy. Rather I always support an inclusive approach where animal rights activists, farmers, conservationists, scientists should all have a seat at the table to ensure America has a sustainable farm policy that let’s our farmers succeed.

What committees do you have an interest in serving on in the next term? Incumbents may also provide past committee experience.

Congressional District 1

Louie Gohmert (R)

  • No Response

Congressional District 11

August Pfluger (R)

  • Agriculture
  • Armed Services
  • Energy and Commerce

Congressional District 13

Ronny Jackson (R)

  • Agriculture
  • Armed Services

Congressional District 14

Randy Weber (R)

  • Science, Space & Technology
  • Transportation & Infrastructure

Congressional District 16

Veronica Escobar (D)

  • House Armed Services Committee
  • Judiciary

Congressional District 17

Rick Kennedy (D)

  • Science, Space and Technology
  • Oversight and Reform
  • Agriculture

Pete Sessions (R)

  • Rules
  • Financial Services

Congressional District 20

Mauro Garza (R)

  • Appropriations
  • Homeland Security
  • Small Business

Congressional District 23

Tony Gonzales (R)

  • Appropriations
  • Homeland Security
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Veterans’ Affairs

Congressional District 29

Jaimy Z Blanco (R)

  • Homeland Security
  • Agriculture

Congressional District 30

Dr. Tre Pennie (R)

  • Commerce
  • Education
  • Homeland Security

Congressional District 32

Colin Allred (D)

  • Transportation and infrastructure
  • Veterans
  • Foreign Affairs

Meet the Candidates

Below are the biographies, as posted on their campaign site, of candidates who responded to TCPA’s survey.

Louie Gohmert

District 1 Candidate

Serving his eighth term in the United States House of Representatives, Congressman Louie Gohmert was first sworn in January 4, 2005. He proudly represents the First District of Texas which encompasses over 12 counties stretching nearly 120 miles down the state’s eastern border.

A favorite among Tea Party groups, Louie speaks often as a fellow Tea Party advocate across Texas and the United States. He boldly stands on America’s founding principles and is constantly coming up with big, innovative ideas solidly based on Constitutional fundamentals.
Congressman Gohmert serves on the House Judiciary Committee playing a vital role on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee, as well as, the Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee. He is also a member of the House Natural Resources Committee serving on the National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Subcommittee and is honored to have the title of Republican Leader on the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, Louie was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas. During his tenure on the bench, he gained national and international attention for some of his creative rulings. He was later appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.
Louie received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and later graduated from Baylor School of Law. He is also a veteran having served his country as Captain in the U.S. Army.

Today, he and his wife Kathy are the proud parents of three daughters. Their family attends Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, where Louie has served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He frequently travels to churches throughout the First District of Texas and preaches to their congregations.

August Pfluger

District 11 Candidate

Colonel August Pfluger has dedicated his life to defending the United States from those who would do us harm – from his days as an elite F-22 Raptor fighter pilot flying combat missions against ISIS, to his service on the National Security Council as an advisor to President Donald Trump. August Pfluger believes our nation is worth defending…and as our next U.S. Congressman, he’ll stand up to the socialists and liberal elites in Washington DC and defend our West Texas values of family, faith, and freedom.

After high school, August followed in his grandfather’s footsteps and answered his nation’s call to serve. Upon graduating with honors from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Pfluger went on to serve his country in uniform for nearly two decades – commanding hundreds of combat airmen and serving in the Pentagon and NATO Command. Today, Colonel Pfluger is a decorated combat veteran with over 300 hours of direct action against radical jihadists in the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
In 2019, August was called to serve his nation in a different capacity – as a national security advisor in the White House. As a member of President Donald J. Trump’s National Security Council staff, August was entrusted with our nation’s highest security clearance and charged with advising President Trump on a host of foreign and domestic threats to our nation’s security.

August is a conservative Republican, a proud husband and father, and a devoted follower of Jesus Christ. He met his wife, Camille (also a native Texan) at his family ranch in October 2000. They have three young daughters, Vivian, Caroline, and Juliana. In his free time, August enjoys coaching his daughters’ youth soccer teams and leading Bible study groups for military service members – something he’s done at every base he’s been stationed.

Ronny Jackson

District 13 Candidate

Doctor Ronny Jackson is a retired Rear Admiral in the United States Navy. He retired from the military on December 1st, 2019, after 25 years of Active Duty service to his country. His last duty assignment was at the White House, where he served as Assistant to the President and as the appointed Chief Medical Advisor to President Donald J. Trump.

Born and raised in a hardworking blue-collar family in the small town of Levelland, Texas, Doctor Jackson has worked full time since the age of 14. Employed at the local grocery store and later as a roustabout in the oil field, he paid for his entire undergraduate education while still serving his local community as a volunteer firefighter. After beginning his education at the local junior college, he went on to graduate from Texas A&M University at Galveston and then attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch. During his time in medical school, he served in the Navy Reserves, and immediately upon graduating in 1995, he was assigned to the Naval Hospital in Portsmouth Virginia, where he began his active duty military career as an officer in the United States Navy.

After completing his first year of residency training in 1996 and receiving the “intern of the year” award, he went on to become the Honor Graduate of the Navy’s Undersea Medical Officer Program in Groton, Connecticut. As a fully qualified Navy Deepsea Diver uniquely trained in hyperbaric and submarine medicine, his subsequent naval assignments included serving as the Diving Medical Officer with Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Special Operations, Naval Special Warfare, and Navy Salvage Diving teams, stationed in Norfolk, Groton, Panama City, Pearl Harbor, and Sigonella, Italy.

In 2001, after 5 years in the Navy Diving community, Doctor Jackson returned to the Naval hospital in Portsmouth to complete his residency in Emergency Medicine, finishing at the top of his class and receiving the Honor Graduate designation. In 2005 he was assigned to the United States Marine Corps and joined the 2nd Marines, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. From there, he deployed to one of the most violently contested regions of Iraq as the Emergency Medicine Physician in charge of Resuscitative Medicine for a combat Surgical Shock Trauma Platoon in Taqaddum, Iraq.

In 2006, while still in Iraq, Doctor Jackson was selected as a White House Physician in the George W. Bush Administration. The Navy extended his active duty at the White House numerous times over the next 14 years, with increasing levels of responsibility. He has served three administrations, directed the Executive Health Care for the President’s Cabinet and Senior Staff, served as Physician Supervisor for the Camp David Presidential Retreat, held the position of Physician to the White House, and led the White House Medical Unit as its Commanding Officer. On January 20th, 2017, Inauguration Day, Rear Admiral Jackson was asked to remain at the White House and was formally appointed by President Donald J. Trump as Physician to the President. In March of 2018 he was nominated by the President of the United States to be the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. In January of 2019 President Trump appointed Doctor Jackson as Assistant to the President and to the newly established role of Chief Medical Advisor to the White House and the Executive Office of the President.

His awards include, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), as well as other individual, unit and campaign awards. He is also designated as a diving and undersea medical officer, naval parachutist, Fleet Marine Force warfare qualified officer, and submarine warfare qualified medical officer.

Ronny has been married to his wife Jane for 27 years and they have 3 children. Libby has her MBA and works in Virginia, Ben is a graduate of the Naval Academy and a U.S. Navy SEAL, and Matthew is a junior in high school, and hopes to attend college at the U.S. Naval Academy and become a fighter pilot.

Randy Weber

District 14 Candidate

Randy Weber is a third generation Texan who has called the Gulf Coast “home” for over 60 years. He has lived in a 20-mile radius his entire life. He is a graduate of Ross Sterling High School, Alvin Community College, and University of Houston Clear Lake.
Happily married to his bride of 41 years, Brenda Weber, a retired schoolteacher, the Webers are actively involved in their church and community and enjoy spending time with family and friends. Randy and Brenda have three children and seven wonderful grandchildren.
Since being sworn in as your representative in January 2013, Mr. Weber has brought Texas pride and conservative values to Congress. Throughout his time in Washington, he has worked tirelessly to make sure your voice is heard and to fight for conservative principles. His time in small business contributes to his commitment to reduce wasteful spending, rollback frivolous regulations, and encourage better community networks.
Texas 14 is a hub of energy. With five ports, dozens of refineries, and hundreds of petro-chemical plants, Mr. Weber knows the issues backwards and forwards and eagerly looks forward to advances that are on the horizon. There is room for innovation through research and development, and these are opportunities he hears and discusses regularly on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee and on the Subcommittee on Energy, which he chairs. Serving as chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy, Mr. Weber strives to promote sane energy policies and drive the energy industry to new heights.
Serving on the Science, Space, and Technology committee affords Mr. Weber the unique opportunity to fight for sound, responsible energy policies meant to unleash America’s potential for energy dominance. Texas 14 is leader in refineries, petro-chemical plants, and liquid natural gas exports.
This Congress, Mr. Weber was appointed to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. As a member of this committee, he works closely with his colleagues, the military, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to determine how to better safeguard and improve our nation’s infrastructure. He has long been a supporter of coastal barrier protection. Everyone on the Gulf Coast knows it’s not a matter of “if” the next hurricane will hit, it’s only a matter of “when.” In building the coastal barrier – complete with floodgates and reinforced infrastructure along much of the coast – hundreds of thousands of families will be protected, and the multi-billion dollar economy that calls Southeast Texas home will be protected from the devastating storm surge.
The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee plays an active role in understanding and addresses the needs of our ports, highways, railways, pipelines, air travel, Coast Guard, and more.
In 1981, Mr. Weber started a small business – Weber’s Air and Heat. His air conditioning company was built with strong work ethic and common sense, both of which he learned from watching his father own his businesses. For 35 years, Mr. Weber owned Weber’s Air and Heat. Any Texan knows the importance of AC in the summertime. Most importantly, they know the importance of a reliable repairman.
During this time, Mr. Weber listened closely to your concerns – about the air-conditioning and the issues that matter to you. He was actively involved in the Republican Party working and mobilizing from the grassroots level. He served as a precinct chairman, elections clerk, and an elections judge. He began serving in an elected capacity in the 1990’s and hasn’t stopped working for you since.
In 2008, Mr. Weber was elected to the Texas State House where he proudly represented District 29. While serving you in Austin, Mr. Weber served on the Border and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee and the Public Education Committee. While in the State House he authored landmark legislation that created a statewide human trafficking prevention taskforce, provided additional training to law enforcement, and provided legal protections to minor victims.

Veronica Escobar

District 16 Candidate

Congresswoman Veronica Escobar, a third-generation El Pasoan, proudly represents Texas’ 16th Congressional District.

She took office on January 3, 2019 as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives after making history as the first woman elected to this seat and the first of two Latinas from Texas to serve in Congress.

Congresswoman Escobar serves on the prestigious House Judiciary Committee and House Armed Services Committee.

She was elected by her colleagues to serve as Co-Freshman Representative to Leadership in the 116th Congress, and in that capacity serves as a member of the House Democratic Leadership Team.

She holds leadership positions on both the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), as the Freshman Representative and Vice Chair, respectively. She also Vice Chair of the Democratic Women’s Caucus. She is a member of the New Democrat Coalition, and the Women’s Working Group on Immigration, where she serves as Co-Chair.

In Congress, she has established herself as a national leading voice on immigration, including fighting the Trump administration’s inhumane and cruel policies that harm border communities. She has led legislation to address our nation’s immigration challenges in a responsible and humane manner by ensuring accountability, transparency, and oversight.

On February 4, 2020, Congresswoman Escobar delivered the Spanish-language Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union address. She gave the nationally televised speech from Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, a community health clinic, in El Paso.

Before her election, she served on the governing body for El Paso County, first as a County Commissioner and then as County Judge. There, she fought back against those who used government for their own personal gain and worked with her colleagues to modernize and reform the organization. She also worked to make El Paso County a leader in expanding access to healthcare by working with the University Medical Center of El Paso to build primary care clinics and the El Paso Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital on the U.S.-Mexico Border.

Prior to her service with El Paso County, Congresswoman Escobar was an English teacher at the University of Texas at El Paso and El Paso Community College, Communications Director for former Mayor Raymond Caballero, and the Executive Director of Community Scholars, a non-profit that taught high school students how to produce public policy reports and recommendations.

Congresswoman Escobar and her husband Michael have two children: Cristian Diego and Eloisa Isabel, and they live in Central El Paso.

Rick Kennedy

District 17 Candidate

As I’ve crisscrossed Central Texas, I have learned a lot about what makes us great–and what needs to be fixed. The most defining quality I’ve seen is our common desire to leave Texas and our country a better place for our children and all generations to come. Whether you’re a farmer or tech entrepreneur, a nurse or college student, a retiree, a real estate agent or a rabbi–we all care about our families and our own lives. And that translates into concerns about schools, safety, roads, health care and jobs.

I share these concerns too and decided to participate in our great democracy by running for Congress. For more than a decade, I’ve called Central Texas home. My three children grew up attending Round Rock Public Schools, and my oldest now attends Baylor University.

Over my lifetime, I’ve developed the skills and collected the life experiences to qualify as your congressman. I’m a software engineer and project manager. I have spent more than 35 years in evidence-based problem solving in complex environments, as well as gaining consensus among diverse groups of stakeholders. I currently work as a project manager providing advice and expertise to clients from around the world.

I now want to go to work on behalf of the people of Congressional District TX17. It’s time for a new generation of representatives in Congress. It’s time for voters to demand leaders who respect the viewpoints of all their constituents and who will work to unite us based on being Americans, not exploit our differences for personal gain.

We need leaders who will be open to principled compromise–leaders who will not only solve the issues of our time so that we and our children can live free today, but who also have a vision for building the America of the 21st century.

We need leaders who understand that the Constitution defines Congress as a co-equal branch of government, and that maintaining its independence is critical to our success as a nation. Above all, we need leaders who will put loyalty to the country, the Constitution, and their constituents ahead of donors, parties, and presidents.

At its foundation, our country was designed to be for all of us–rich and poor; young, middle-aged, and seniors; all races, all religions, all creeds. I encourage you to participate in this country’s democratic process too. In the United States of America, everyone counts, every vote counts.

Make your voice heard.

I’m Rick Kennedy and I’m asking for your vote in November to elect me to represent you in the US House of Representatives – Texas Congressional District 17.

Pete Sessions

District 17 Candidate

A proven conservative leader, Pete Sessions has combined hard work, innovative thinking, and common-sense principles to successfully serve Texas in Congress.

Born and raised in Waco, Pete attended Waco public schools until the ninth grade, playing sports, becoming an Eagle Scout, and throwing newspapers for the Waco Tribune – Herald. Pete left Waco when his family moved to Washington D.C., where his father began his career at the Department of Justice.

Pete’s parents have always been an example to Pete. As Bill Sessions (Baylor BA and JD) rose from the Department of Justice to U.S. Attorney, then Federal Judge and, finally, to Director of the FBI, he impressed upon Pete a sense of duty and integrity for all positions of public service – elected and unelected. Pete moved back to Texas as his father became the U.S. Attorney in San Antonio, where Pete graduated from Churchill High School.

After graduating from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, Pete joined the Southwestern Bell Telephone company, where he worked for 16 years, never missing a day of work and taking early retirement as District Manager, just prior to running for Congress.

Throughout his professional life, Pete has been very involved in community activities, serving in various leadership roles with the Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scouts of America, disability assistance and local conservation groups, as well as serving on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater for twelve years.

In 1994, Pete ran for Congress by challenging liberal Democrat congressman John Bryant in a district that stretched from east Dallas to many counties now in the 17th Congressional District. Falling just shy of pulling off an upset, Pete ran again in 1996, winning that year and serving in Congress from 1997 to January of 2019.

While in Congress, Pete was part of the Republican House majority that balanced the federal budget four years in a row from 1998 to 2001. He led the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) as its Chairman from 2009 through 2012, directing the party to regain the House majority with a net 63-seat victory in 2010, which removed Nancy Pelosi as Speaker.

In 2018, Democrats spent $10 million against Pete in a district that went dramatically for Beto O’Rourke over Ted Cruz, in a year that swept Nancy Pelosi back into office as House Speaker.

Returning to the private sector, Pete watched in amazement as Pelosi and her House Democrats openly adopted socialist policies.

While contemplating how he could help reverse the nation’s lurch to the left and the young generation’s fascination with socialism, Pete began receiving calls from conservative activists in Central Texas. They encouraged him to run for his hometown seat.

After talking with his wife and family, Pete decided to jump back in the fight and is committed to achieving five specific accomplishments in Congress:

Keep America safe through a strong national defense
Balance the federal budget without raising any new taxes
Stand with President Trump to build the wall and strengthen our immigration laws
Deliver better health care to families at lower costs
Ensure the U.S. stays competitive with a renewed commitment to Research and Development
Pete and his wife Karen reside in Waco. Pete is the proud father of two sons and three stepsons. Bill is a graduate from Texas Tech Medical School with his wife Kayle, also a physician. They are in their medical residencies in Greenville, South Carolina. Alex is a special-needs young man, who is delighted to work for Home Depot. Conor proudly serves our country in the United States Navy and is deployed overseas. Liam is a senior at Baylor University, and Nicholas is a first year student at Rollins College, where he is a member of the golf team. As a native son who has represented 40 percent of the counties in the 17th Congressional District (Brazos, Freestone, Leon, Limestone and Robertson Counties), Pete is no stranger to our area – or our values. He is ready to serve taxpayers again in the U.S. House, providing us with experience that will give our voice the extra strength we need in Congress.

Mauro Garza

District 20 Candidate

Mauro Garza is a Native Texan, Business Owner, and Father. His career began with the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (TCADA) in Austin, Texas in 1991. While working full-time he maintained academic endeavors with evening and weekend research studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he completed his Master of Science degree with an emphasis in Neurophysiology in 1992, under a Biomedical Research Scholarship.

After obtaining his Graduate degree, he started teaching evening classes as an Adjunct Faculty member for the Alamo Community College District (ACCD). In 1997, he transitioned into his next position at Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research (SFBR) in San Antonio, Texas.

In 1997, he accepted the Director of Grants and Contracts Management position at SFBR, presently known as Texas Biomedical Research Institute (TBRI). He was honored the privilege to be a key player of an administrative/budgetary team that was instrumental in establishing the Southwest Primate Research Center bringing millions of funds into San Antonio for Research and Technology.

In 2002, Mauro embarked on his entrepreneurial professions by founding M. Garza Enterprises, Inc. (MGEI) and in 2001, founded Everett Holdings, LLC.

Mauro is a member of the Republican Jewish Coalition, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Board of Advisors, the Alamo Pachyderm Club, the Republican Club of Bexar County, and has the privilege of being an associate member of the Bexar County Republican Women, the Alamo City Republican Women, and the San Antonio Republican Women’s clubs. In addition, he is a charter associate member of the Heart de San Antonio Republican Women. Mauro enjoys family, stamp collecting, art collecting and running-this year’s San Antonio’s Rock and Roll Marathon will mark Mauro’s 50th Marathon.

Tony Gonzales

District 23 Candidate

Master Chief Petty Officer Tony Gonzales split time being raised in San Antonio, Devine, and Camp Wood Hills, Texas.
As a career Cryptologist, he has been stationed at the Navy Information Operations Detachment Kaneohe Bay, HI, U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida, USS MICHAEL MURPHY in Pearl Harbor, HI, Center for Information Warfare Training Center in Pensacola, Florida, Office of Legislative Affairs in Washington, D.C., and Navy Information Operations Command in San Antonio, Texas.

Tony has deployed multiple times in support of combat operations including Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, and in support of regional security operations throughout Asia. He previously served on Capitol Hill as a Department of Defense Legislative Fellow in U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s office where he contributed to the defense, foreign policy, and intelligence portfolios.

As an active member in the community, he founded the Tony Gonzales Foundation, a non-profit focused on empowering and encourage growth and development in impoverished areas of San Antonio by uniting local businesses, schools, and families. Additionally, he serves on the Central and South Texas Board of Trustees for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to granting wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.

In 2018, Tony was selected as a National Security Fellow for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a non-profit, non-partisan Washington D.C. institute focused on foreign policy and national security. The same year, he was elected as the Community Representative for the City of San Antonio Head Start Policy Council where he oversees a budget of $32.5 million devoted to early childhood development.

Tony also serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland system where he instructs counterterrorism, U.S. Government, and political science courses. Tony holds a Graduate Certificate in Legislative Studies from Georgetown University, a Master’s degree in International Relations from American Public University and is a Ph.D. candidate in International Development with an emphasis on Security Studies and International Politics at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Tony is married to Angel Gonzales and has five wonderful children: Christina, Jesus, Emmanuel, Daniel, and Gabriel.

Jaimy Z Blanco

District 29 Candidate

Jaimy Blanco, was born and raised in, U.S. House District 29, for which she is running. She is a member of The Church Triumphant in Pasadena, Texas where she has served as a Bible quiz coach. Her aspirations was to become a missionary throughout the world. Therefore, she enrolled at the University of Houston Clear Lake, pursuing a Bachelor’s in Education. She obtained a Bachelor's in Biblical Studies from Purpose Institute. While she attended college, she worked as an apartment leasing agent, eventually obtaining her Realtor's license. She started investing in real estate to finance her full-time ministry. She has invested in multi-family properties to make an impact on the community.

Her success in real estate investments allows her to travel internationally to minister at orphanages and churches as well as other charitable works. She has always had a passion for politics and has volunteered for numerous campaigns.

As a passionate resident of District 29, she is out to become a public servant to improve and make a difference in her community. She aligns with the Republican Party because of the biblical principles that make up the core of her platform. District 29, is seventy seven percent Hispanic and her mission is to be a voice for the people and represent their interests in Washington. She aims to be an example to her community and inspire them to find their purpose and dreams. She has worked helping the community with English classes, fighting high property taxes through the non-profit organization ``Leaderes de la Comunidad``, in which Jaimy serves as a donor and director. Additionally, she teaches real estate investment, and credit repair. She has worked tirelessly to empower and prepare the next generation.

Her mother of Jewish descent and a native of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, came to the United States pursuing her dream of becoming an American citizen. Growing up, Jaimy, was influenced by her mother who raised four children as a single parent on wages of a barber. Her father was born in Weslaco, Texas and he worked as a machinist being a card carrying member of the Steel Union.

Dr. Tre Pennie

District 30 Candidate

Dr. Tre Pennie grew up in inner city Houston, Texas during the height of ``America's War on Drugs.`` This period in history was characterized by high-levels of shooting violence and illegal drug abuse. After witnessing the shooting death of a family member in high school, Tre decided to pursue a career in law enforcement and began to map out his path — this led him to the doorsteps of the U.S. Army.

After serving four years in the military and simultaneously graduating with an Associate Degree in Administration of Justice from Honolulu Community College, Tre aspired to continue a life in public service and joined the Dallas Police Department in 1999. While serving on the Department, Tre earned a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Midwestern State University and a Master's Degree in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University.

In 2017, Tre earned status being among America's top 2% of scholars after receiving a Doctorate Degree in Higher Education from Texas Tech University. Tre believes that education and civic duty are the cornerstones to success. These principles inspired him to become a university professor and community advocate for social change. Tre has written numerous publications about public safety, education, and volunteerism.

As the executive director of three non-profit organizations designed to assist the families of police officers killed or critically injured in the line of duty, Tre has become legitimate force in ``bridging the gap`` between the police and the community. Over the years, Tre has become more politically active and has forged significant relationships across the country. In 2018, he was considered for a Presidential Appointment to the White House, but elected to serve in Congress to more directly help the people of his district.

Based on his experiences in Washington, D.C., Tre understands what it takes to navigate the partisan politics that have stifled progress in Congress for so many years. As a voice for The People, Tre refuses to be controlled by special interests and partisans that seek to marginalize and take advantage of the vulnerable. He will aggressively fight for the interest of the people and seeks to ensure greater accountability in reducing crime, enhancing education, growing the economy, and improving the lives of all constituents in Texas Congressional District 30.

Colin Allred

District 32 Candidate

Colin is a civil rights attorney and Dallas native who is running to keep representing Texas’ 32nd District.

In 2018, Colin was inspired by the many grassroots voices that have stepped forward to defend our common values since the 2016 election. Now Colin is running to continue representing North Texas in Congress because he believes that we need leaders who stand by North Texas values, fight against special interests and work to deliver real results for the people of this community.

Colin has both lived and fought for the American Dream.
Born and raised in North Dallas by a single mom who taught in Texas public schools for nearly 30 years, Colin was an All-Star athlete at Hillcrest High School before earning a full-ride football scholarship to Baylor University. Diploma in hand and prepared to attend law school after college, he deferred his acceptance to the University of California Berkeley School of Law when he signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent. Colin played the better part of five seasons before sustaining a career-ending neck injury that opened the door for him to fulfill his dream of studying law and applying his legal training to help others.

As Special Assistant in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of General Counsel, Colin helped then-Secretary Julián Castro ensure that the most vulnerable Americans can live in dignity. Among his projects at HUD, Colin worked with Congress and the Office of the Inspector General to ensure that public funds were spent wisely without sacrificing services and to ensure that the Department complied with all applicable ethics laws and regulations. Here in Texas, he put his legal skills to work as the Dallas-Fort Worth Director of the first-ever statewide coordinated voter protection program led by Battleground Texas during the 2014 gubernatorial election.

As Special Assistant in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of General Counsel, Colin helped then-Secretary Julián Castro ensure that the most vulnerable Americans can live in dignity.
Colin was a voting rights attorney for the prestigious Perkins Coie law firm and counsel to a range of clients including national and state political candidates and advocacy organizations. Colin’s experience also includes positions in both the Obama White House and the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Colin’s journey taught him about the importance of hard work.
Colin’s journey taught him about the importance of hard work, the impact of a quality education, and that the best path forward is often facing our toughest challenges head-on – but from his beginnings as the son of a single mother to an NFL player and civil rights attorney, Colin truly believes that his story reflects less what is special about him and more about what makes our country special.

Colin has taken these values and life experiences to the Capitol, and started getting Washington back to working for our community.

From lowering prescription drug prices to securing the Garland VA Medical Center, Colin has been a leader in working across the aisle to bring real results to North Texas. He led the charge in the House to fight back against the cynical, partisan lawsuit that would repeal the Affordable Care Act and with it, protections for folks with pre-existing conditions. He knows that we won’t bring progress to our community with partisan politics, which is why 70% of the bills he’s cosponsored are bipartisan.

While we have made great strides in his first term, Colin knows that our work is far from over. We still have more work to do to build an economy that works for everyone, to ensure that every North Texan has access to affordable health care and we address the systemic injustices that affect some of our most vulnerable communities.

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