Texas Senate Republican Caucus Unanimously Endorses Pete Flores For Texas Senate

August 13, 2018

AUSTIN – Following the first place finish of Republican Pete Flores in Texas Senate District 19’s special election, Texas Republicans are poised to ride a wave of enthusiasm and win a district previously represented by Senator Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) who resigned after multiple felony convictions. Pete Flores shocked the political establishment by winning eight counties and receiving 48% of the vote on Election Day in this open special election. This endorsement from the Texas Senate Republican Caucus joins with Senators Cornyn and Cruz, as well as Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick, and many others. Governor Abbott narrowly won the district in 2014.

“Pete Flores is a plain-spoken, common sense conservative who will serve the people of Senate District 19 with integrity,” said Senator Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels). “I am proud to endorse Pete, along with the entire Senate Republican Caucus, for election to the Texas Senate.”

Despite being outspent by over a twelve to one margin since January 1st, Republicans unified behind Pete Flores and he carried that momentum to the polls. In addition to elected officials, multiple advocacy groups have thrown their support to Pete Flores as well, including the Associated Republicans of Texas, Texas Right to Life, Texas Alliance for Life, Texans for Lawsuit Reform, Texas Homeschool Coalition, the National Rifle Association, Empower Texans and many others. Republicans across Texas are unified in their support of seeing Pete Flores elected to the Texas Senate.

“I am honored to have earned the support of the Senate Republican Caucus,” said Pete Flores. “I am committed to working with Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and my future colleagues to pass property tax reform, defend the unborn, advance school choice, and protect the second amendment in the next legislative session. We have an excellent opportunity to win this State Senate seat and I am grateful for the support of Caucus Chairman Bettencourt and all of the Republican Senators in my campaign.”

This endorsement by the Texas Senate Republican Caucus is believed to be the first endorsement ever by the Texas Senate Republican Caucus in an open special election and was decided on by a unanimous vote of the Senate Republican Caucus. A Flores victory would give Texas Republicans a total of twenty-one seats in the Texas Senate and would enhance Republicans ability to pass meaningful legislation such as property tax reform in the upcoming 86th Legislative Session.

“Pete Flores in the Texas Senate would mean that Texans have another reliable vote on property tax reform legislation,” said Texas Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston). “This is the first ever endorsement in an open special election by the Texas Senate Republican Caucus and reaffirms our commitment to expand the Republican majority in the Texas Senate to twenty one members and to pass conservative solutions to Texas’ challenges.”

A runoff will be held on September 18. The winner will serve through 2020, the remainder of the unexpired term.

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I have a special religious liberty message for the Easter Weekend. I am proud of all my 19 Republican Collegues that voted to provide Texas license holders some protection for deeply help religious beliefs.

We were joined by Senator Lucio (D-Brownsville) as well because this common sense law is supported by the vast majority of Texans. Discrimination should not apply to any person in Texas in the 21st Century!

Speaking in favor, elegantly, is Senate Bill 17 author, Senator Perry (R-Lubbock) as well as Senators Paxton (R-McKinney) and Hancock (R-North Richland Hills). Listen to them now and read more about the bill here:

Chair Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston)
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Good idea. Wish you folks felt as strongly about the 2nd Amendment. But the caucus is clueless and stupid when it comes to representing those that elected you. Caring only about business special interests.

The Texas Senate Republican Caucus held a joint press conference with U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick on Caucus Chair, Paul Bettencourt’s, Senate Resolution 535 that declared the Crisis at the Texas-Mexico International Border an Emergency.

Senator Bettencourt (R-Houston) remarked, “The Texas Senate recognizes the obvious, the obvious is that there is a crisis on the border.” Senator Cornyn (R-TX), commented on the rising interdictions, “When it hits 200,000 will that be enough to acknowledge the obvious?” Senator Cruz (R-TX) pointed out that, “In six months we have seen nearly as many people apprehended in all of the preceding year.” Lieutenant Governor Patrick (R-TX) stated, “Since 2011 we have documentation of 1,761 dead migrants that we have recovered in Texas, many in Brooks County.”

State Senator Joan Huffman (R-Houston), stated, “35,000 unaccompanied children, vulnerable to the sex trade, arrived in the last year.” State Senator Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels), commented, “Over 100,000 migrants crossed our border illegally just last month, that is a crisis.” State Senator Pete Flores (R-Pleasanton) added, “We and our constituents are at our wits end. The border today is not the border of my youth.”

When asked what the difference was between Democrats and Republicans on this issue, Chairman Bettencourt responded, "That we voted for the Resolution and we took a stand on the crisis at the border."

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Where’s Abbott at

Yes sir way way too much ch talking

I look at the border wall as Black Friday as entering the store for good deals....... rush in before they are gone........ e.g. social security, health benefits........only difference is ONES FREE THE OTHER NOT!!

Good grief. Use a brain cell or two. Stopping immigration is not the purpose of a wall. It is to make people use the gate so the immigration can be controlled and LEGAL

Maybe a little less talk and a lot more action is in order? Time to put a stop to illegal entry into the United States!

It’s been a crisis since 1968

So they just now recognise there is a crisis? Most people saw this coming months ago and knew something needed to be done then. I guess better late than never.

Proud of Texas and NM people for trying to stop the invasion of illegals!

Call out the NATIONAL GUARD. Or let the MILITA tack charge

Save lives on both sides of the border. Build the wall protect us all.


Love to see Made in America again!!!

Didn’t see anything in the Houston Chronicle about this. The media is pathetic, a million people could come across in a day and they would not report.

Let’s face it !! No body is listening to the people who pay taxes and vote,! Politicians are out for themselves to be millionaires!!😡😡(Ronnie )

Oh please !! A wall will do nothing to stop migration!!

Then do something . MASS DEPORTATION

Closed the border and build the wall now

About dam time !!!

I remember years ago calling John Cornyn’s office to let him know he would never get my vote again and guess what it was over? The border wall and he would not vote for it. These jokers think the American public forgets over the years so they keep on getting elected.

Question: if the Empress and her cohorts don't care whether a pre-born or surviving aborted child lives or dies, why would they care about illegal border crossers?

having their little convention to figure how they are going to screw the people more

Cornyn, you haven’t done jack about this problem except stand behind individual Mitch McConald in congress at photo ops.

Cornyn, you haven’t done jack about this problem except stand behind individual Mitch McConald in congress at photo ops.

Get with plan John Cornyn

Cronyn probably dealing with Drug Cartel all about Money 😡

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