Archive for September, 2015

Rep. Ed Thompson Announces Inaugural District 29 Student Leadership Advisory Council

September 15, 2015

By Rep. Ed Thompson

Accepting Applications Beginning September 14

AUSTIN – Representative Ed Thompson announced today that he is accepting applications for the House District 29 Student Leadership Advisory Council. The Student Leadership Advisory Council (SLAC) is designed to provide a unique opportunity for high school students within House District 29 to engage in the legislative process with Representative Thompson and to obtain a hands-on education of the role and inner-workings of Texas state government.

“I look forward to providing District 29 high school students with a unique opportunity to learn about the inner-workings of Texas state government, as well as to engage them in the legislative process,” Thompson stated. “My hope is that the House District 29 Student Leadership Advisory Council program will be a resource to educate, encourage, and enlighten the next generation of Texas leaders by providing them with the opportunity to learn more about the intrinsic value of public service and the inner workings of the Texas Legislature.”

Eligible students must be enrolled in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 in public, private, or homeschool, and must reside in House District 29. Applications are due on Monday, October 12th and final selections will be announced on Tuesday, October 20th.

Students selected to participate in the Student Leadership Advisory Council will be required to attend three meetings throughout the 2015-2016 school year. To access the application, go to the Texas House of Representatives website at, click on Rep. Thompson’s webpage, and click on the “Media” tab. For more information, contact Rep. Thompson’s Capitol Office at (512) 463-0707 or email

State Representative James White Named JPCA Legislator of the Year

September 11, 2015

By Rep. James White

Austin, TX – State Representative James White is humbled to be named as Legislator of the Year by the Justices of the Peace and Constables Association of Texas (JPCA). The JCPA noted Rep. White’s work on behalf of Texas children during the 84th Legislative Session as a contributing factor for this recognition.

On behalf of JPCA, the JPCA Legislative Chairs, Judge Becky Kerbow and Constable Carlos Lopez presented Rep. White the award on Tuesday, August 4th in Tyler, TX.

“I am proud to receive this award from the Justices of the Peace and Constables who have devoted countless hours to maintaining order and upholding justice in our communities. I am grateful to the JPCA for all that they do,” said Rep. White.

For more information contact Rep. White’s office at (512) 463-0490 or (409) 283-3700.

Landgraf Joins Governor Abbott in Support of Law Enforcement

September 4, 2015

By Rep. Brooks Landgraf

ODESSA, Texas — Representative Brooks Landgraf echoes Governor Greg Abbott’s call for support of law enforcement. Landgraf will join all nine local and state law enforcement agencies operating in Ector County in participating in a minute of silence and the flashing of red and blue lights at 11:00 a.m. Friday outside the Ector County courthouse in downtown Odessa.

“Each and every day our law enforcement officers respond to the scenes of crimes, arrive to aid in traffic accidents and routinely place themselves in harm’s way in order to protect and defend our communities,” Landgraf said. “They deserve our respect and gratitude.”

Governor Abbott issued the statewide call to stand with law enforcement and said that respect and pride in law enforcement must be restored.

“I applaud Governor Abbott’s leadership in asking communities to rally behind our officers and am proud to stand in solidarity with them to offer my support and thank them for their courage,” Landgraf said.

State Representative Brooks Landgraf was elected in 2014 to serve House District 81, which encompasses Andrews, Ector, Ward, and Winkler Counties. Landgraf resides in his hometown of Odessa with his wife, Shelby, and their daughter, Hollis Rose. He works as a cattle rancher and practices law at the firm of Todd, Barron, Thomason, Hudman & Baxter, P.C. in Odessa. An Eagle Scout, Landgraf is also active in several local non-profits.

Michael D. Lozano
(512) 463-0546

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