Ken King:
 A Conservative Leader in the Texas House

February 23, 2018

When you examine his votes on issues important to conservatives, Representative Ken King is a leader in the Texas House. He consistently votes to secure our borders from illegal immigrants. He demonstrates his culture of Life philosophy as he votes to protect unborn babies from abortions. And, few members are as supportive of our right to keep and bear arms guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment.

In addition to his leadership on these conservative issues, Representative King knows what it takes to fight for the Panhandle of Texas. He understands that even though the big Texas cities control much of the legislative agenda what is good for Dallas and Houston in not in the best interests of the high plains. His ability to fight for his district centers around his belief in local control and locally elected officials. He knows tying the hands of local officials in rural areas can lead to problems.

Representative King really shines, however, when it comes to working for our public schools. During the first-called special session, King helped passed provisions to add $150 million to the public-school finance system, which will allow districts to provide tax relief to property owners. In addition, Representative King fought to secure an additional $41 million for certain small schools in the final bill. He understands the importance of public schools and knows they are the lifeblood of rural communities. King helped add these provisions without increasing taxes at the state level, demonstrating he is a champion for taxpayers and students alike.

While these provisions are positive steps, legislators must continue to make changes to the public-school finance system to institute real property tax reforms. As conservatives know all too well, school district taxes make up the largest portion of local tax bills. These two issues are linked as local officials must raise property taxes when the state cuts its share of school finances needed to educate all our student population. We can continue to argue about capping local taxes only when we fix the underlying problem and find a better way to pay for public education in Texas. Representative King understands this critical relationship and will continue to work on changes to the system.

Representative King is a member of the newly created Texas Commission on Public School Finance. While we generally like action and not talk, the Coalition is hopeful this group of Texans can develop school finance solutions prior to the next legislative session. On the Commission, King is a voice for small and rural schools. As such, he will once again help develop ways to reform our school finance system and will continue to work in the best interests of taxpayers and school kids alike.

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