Record Fundraiser for the Texas Senate Republican Caucus Says Chairman Paul Bettencourt

October 10, 2018

Caucus welcomes their 21st member, Senator-Elect Pete Flores, at Austin event

AUSTIN – The Texas Senate Republican Caucus welcomed their 21st member, Senator-Elect Pete Flores (R-Pleasanton), at a record setting fundraiser held in Austin.  The Texas Senate Republican Caucus raised over $250,000 and is expecting to raise additional funds in preparation the upcoming 86th Legislative Session in the effort to continue to enact conservative solutions to Texas’ challenges. In addition a smaller campaign debt for Senator-Elect Flores has been completely retired today.

As unanimously supported by the entire Texas Senate Republican Caucus, Senator-Elect Flores won a seat held by Democrats for 139 years in a history breaking campaign,” said Caucus Chairman Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston). “I will predict that without straight ticket voting in 2020 due to a change in state law, he will hold this seat because he is already a real vote getter.”

In a first of its kind endorsement, the Texas Senate Republican Caucus unanimously endorsed Pete Flores in his special election campaign, and Senator-Elect Flores shocked the political establishment by finishing first in a crowded field and then winning in the runoff in Senate District 19.

Senator Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway), who also serves as the RPT Victory Chair stated, “Senator Flores is the perfect example of what Republicans can accomplish with a great candidate when we are unified, motivated, and engaged.  We will continue to work hard bringing victory to Republicans all across our great state.”

Senator-Elect Flores will be a great addition to the Texas Senate Republican Caucus team as he is the first Hispanic Senator ever elected in the Republican Caucus.  A wise man once told me that there are two sides to every tortilla,” joked Senator-Elect Flores to laughter among the audience. “Both need to be considered in making the right decision.” Chairman Bettencourt quipped to more laughter, “…and then you can eat it too!” Then Senator-Elect Flores brought down the house by saying “that he doesn’t discriminate between corn or flour because it is all good public policy.”

The Texas Senate Republican Caucus first expanded their role during the 85th Legislative Session to help advance conservative solutions to Texas’ challenges.  The Caucus is expanding their membership, and work, in the upcoming 86th Legislative Session.  With 21 members the Texas Senate Republican Caucus currently represents a 2/3rd supermajority within the Texas Senate.

Finally, Caucus Treasurer Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) added, Republicans want opportunity for everyone. A strong business climate lifts every Texan and the Senate Republicans will keep pushing for more opportunity, more prosperity, and more growth.” Chairman Bettencourt concluded, “We’ve got the best pro-business caucus anywhere!  That means more Texas jobs, and that’s a rising economic tide that lifts all boats in Texas.”

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