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Pete Flores Defeats Pete Gallego to Become 21st Texas Republican Senator

September 19, 2018

Pete Flores Defeats Pete Gallego to Become 21st Texas Republican Senator
Makes good on first ever GOP Caucus endorsement in open seat with strong support from Lt. Governor, et al
Flores is the first Hispanic Republican Senator and his victory is first for Republicans in SD19 in 139 years 

AUSTIN – In a tremendous victory, Republican Pete Flores defeated Democrat Pete Gallego in the Senate District 19 special election to replace resigned Senator Carlos Uresti. Unified Republican support for Flores all the way from US Senators, to Governor Abbott, especially Lt. Governor Patrick, the entire Texas Senate Republican Caucus, and many others helped drive Senator-Elect Flores to a 53-47% win, a net 18 points above Hillary Clinton’s 12 point win in SD 19 in 2016. This victory gives Texas Senate Republicans a 21-vote (2/3rds) supermajority and flipped a seat that has not seen a Republican victory in 139 years.

“I am honored by the trust the voters of SD 19 have placed in me to serve them in the Texas Senate and I will not let them down,” said Flores. “I will work hard to represent them and look forward to passing meaningful property tax reform, supporting our energy industry and the infrastructure that is needed in the Eagle Ford and defending innocent life and the 2nd Amendment in the legislative session. I am grateful to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and the Senate Republican Caucus for their support. The real work begins now!”

A broad coalition of Republicans, led by Lt. Governor Patrick raised and spent roughly $172,000 in-kind in support of the Flores campaign. Even with this effort, they were outspent by Pete Gallegos, which makes Flores’ six-point margin of victory in this traditionally Democratic district even more impressive. The Texas Senate Republican Caucus unanimously endorsed Pete Flores in their first ever endorsement in an open seat as well. A copy of that press release is attached. “With the continuation of his hard work, coupled with the elimination of straight ticket voting in Texas for the 2020 cycle, I predict that Senator-Elect Flores will hold this seat in 2020,” said Texas Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Paul Bettencourt.

This continues a history of strong in-kind support from Lt. Governor Patrick for Republican Senate candidates in the primaries. Governor Abbott, the Republican Party of Texas, and many other alliance partners contributed to this success, but as Senator-Elect Flores noted, it was the volunteers on the ground making the difference that put him over the edge.

“There are now two Senate Republicans from the San Antonio area as Flores joins Senator Campbell at the Capitol,” added Texas Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Paul Bettencourt. “Not only has his win doubled the number of Republican Senators in San Antonio, but it has doubled the number of Aggies in the Texas Senate as well…which apparently, per Senators Nichols and Birdwell, equals the number of Lamar Cardinals in the Texas Senate…LOL” he quipped.

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The time to act is now! Everyday Texans are being taxed out of their homes and their business are barely staying afloat with rising property taxes. Senate Bill 2 (by Chairman Paul Bettencourt) recognizes the obvious, that taxpayers cannot take it anymore. Property taxes are rising two to three times faster than Texans' ability to pay.

The Texas Senate has passed Senate Bill 2, the Texas Property Tax Reform and Relief Act of 2019.

Taxpayers in Dallas have been crushed with an average 55% increase on their property tax bills in just five years with a 15% increase just this year. That is a pattern that is repeating all across the State.

SB 2 offers hope to Texans and as noted by Senator Flores it gives all Texans hope that they will get to keep their little piece of the Texas sky.

Read Senate Bill 2 here: capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/SB00002E.htm
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Not sure I have a good handle on this. Businesses are paying taxes that they pass on to their customers. Homeowners are paying taxes, mostly school taxes, of which teachers are getting a very small part. So, the legislation is going to lower those taxes by increasing sales taxes so that everyone is paying these taxes, because the legislators can’t seem to figure out how to give less money to people throw it away or don’t deserve it in the first place. (Pause for breath.) This is either very close to what the socialists are spouting, or some of that new math that none understands anyway. (Scratching my head)

Definition of Relief: removal or lightening of something oppressive, painful, or distressing .... So no “relief” just permission to go up a certain amount on property taxes every year without public vote. 😡

Legalize Marijuana and save millions of tax dollars, won't need to raise home taxes

Nothing but smoke and mirrors.

Presidio county has been doubling and tripling theirs since 2013. Highway robbery

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: capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/SB00017E.htm

Chair Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston)
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Mark does Kati likes Margaritas let me know

Will never trust a Democrat! They lie.

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.

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