Straus is Fine Fellow; Paxton is Better Choice

By Denise McNamara

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas — Media types, Democrats & some Republicans are playing the religion card in the Speaker’s race. This election has nothing to do with religion; it has everything to do with policy. And with leadership. Speaker Straus did have a Republican majority last session. Yes, it was a slim majority, but he had one nevertheless. That is a fact.  

Despite that, major legislation, such as Voter ID, was killed under his watch. That is a fact. Democrats chaired too many committees. Another fact.
 
Each session the Members should choose, from within the GOP Caucus, the most capable and qualified candidate for Speaker. That candidate this time around is Ken Paxton. His resume, professionalism, and competence, as well as his courage, make him the best choice.
 
Joe Straus had the backing of only 11 Republicans last session (notwithstanding the tradition of unanimous election of the obvious winner); he was not the GOP’s candidate. He should not be their choice this time. 

Ken Paxton’s Bio
State Of Texas House of Representatives
Biography of Ken Paxton (District 70)

Ken Paxton was born December 23, 1962 in Minot, North Dakota.  He graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, earning a B.A. in Psychology in 1985 and a M.B.A. in 1986.  After business school, Rep. Paxton accepted a position with Arthur Andersen as a management consultant.  He then attended the University of Virginia School of Law where he earned a J.D. degree in 1991.  After law school, Representative Paxton joined the firm of Strasburger & Price, L.L.P, before joining J.C. Penney Company, Inc., as in-house legal counsel. 

Mr. Paxton is currently a named partner in the law firm of Pittenger Paxton Nuspl & Crumley where he is specializing in estate planning, probate, real estate, corporate transactions and advising businesses on various legal matters.  Additionally, he owns and operates a title company in McKinney that closes both residential and commercial real estate transactions.  He also speaks on various estate planning, business and real estate topics.

Ken Paxton is currently serving as the State Representative for District 70 which consists of Allen, Celina, Frisco, McKinney, Plano, and Prosper.  He received more general election votes than any other state representative in 2004 and 2008 and has made the power rankings list by on-line guide Capitol Insider.  Additionally, he has been named “Texas Taxpayer Hero” by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility and has been named to the Texas Association of REALTORS Legislative Hall of Fame for his “uncompromising commitment to championing the rights of homeowners.”  Rep. Paxton serves as member of the House Land and Resource Management Committee, and a member of the powerful House Ways and Means committee, which reviews any proposed revenue and tax changes. Recently, Mr. Paxton was appointed to the Select Committee on Fiscal Stability charged with examining the long-term health of the Texas budget.

Representative Paxton currently serves on the Centennial Medical Center Board in Frisco and the Board Prestonwood Pregnancy and Family Care Center.  He is a member of the McKinney Rotary Club, and the Allen, Frisco, Plano, and McKinney Chambers of Commerce.  Mr. Paxton is Honorary Chair for the Prosper Open Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors for the Tax Increment Financing Reinvestment Zone for the City of Allen, and a member of the Advisory Boards for the Frisco Association for the Arts.  In 2010, Mr. Paxton joined the founding board for the Collin County Student Aviation Initiative that will train high school students for job readiness in the field of aviation. In 2005, he was named one of the 21 Leaders of the 21st Century by Inside Collin County Business. Recently, he was named a FIVE STAR Wealth Manager for 2010 by Texas Monthly.

Ken Paxton lives in McKinney, Texas with his wife, Angela, and their four children; Tucker (17), Abby (15), Madison (13), and Katie (11).  Along with his family, Representative Paxton is an active charter member of

Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, where he has participated in various leadership roles.   

Vice Chair, General Investigating • Financial Institutions • Vice Chair, Ways and Means
 
Paxton’s Legislative Record
Summary:  Rep. Ken Paxton was first elected in 2002, and has spent his career in the legislature focused on passing conservative legislation on a wide range of issues.  His particular interest and focus has been tax reform and taxpayer protections.  Over the course of his legislative career, he has authored legislation to accomplish the following:

  • Limit state government growth and spending;
  • Reduce property taxes on Texas families;
  • End state spending for individuals who have entered our country illegally;
  • Implement more obstacles for lawmakers who want to raise taxes;
  • Dramatically cut business taxes in order to help create jobs for more Texans; and
  • Improve government transparency so taxpayers know how their tax dollars are spent.

Rep. Paxton has been involved in passing legislation dealing with lawsuit reform, informed consent for abortions, lowered taxes, provided property tax relief, expanded transparency in state agencies, and reformed eminent domain law.

Denise McNamara is the former Republican National Committeewoman for Texas (2000-2008). She is a small business owner & mother of four who resides in Dallas, Texas.

15 comments

  1. I just got the news that Harris County Executive Committee, with 350 precinct chairs present, voted 349 in favor a resolution for a Republican Caucus,Secret Ballot, and the election of a Conservative Speaker, supporting Paxton for Speaker of the House.
    All I can say is, I hope he is tough on illegal Immigration….This insanity has got to stop!

  2. Somebody is playing the religion card, and it is people who claim to be within the Republican party. If those who are talking about a “Christian” Speaker of the House of Representatives would care to read the Texas Constitution, they would notice two things. First, a religious test is specifically prohibited. Second, anyone who acknowledges the existence of a Creator is eligible to serve in elected office. If the behavior I have seen lately coming from my so-called brothers and sisters in Christ is a way of modelling Christ, I don’t blame those who reject Him. I am sickened.

  3. Regarding Thomas’s post:
    “When are you so called “Christian Conservatives” going to realize that you are being used? The GOP’s true base are the monied interests (wealthy business men and corporations) who not only don’t share your perceived values, but scorn them. At election time, their high paid consultants role you up with these values issues but your support and votes are only a means to their ends. They use Christian Conservatives to gain power but then shun you like red-headed step children. How long are you going to let the country club GOP establishment roll you?”

    DEAR THOMAS:
    YOU PROBABLY KNOW ABOUT THE “MONIED” INTERESTS (OR UNIONS) AND THEIR HIGHLY PAID CONSULTANTS (OR LOBBYISTS) WHO TRICK THE VOTERS INTO VOTING FOR THEIR CANDIDATES WHEN THEY DO NOT SHARE THE INTERESTS OF THE VOTERS. WE ARE AWARE THAT THE RINOS AND ELITISTS HAVE SPIT IN OUR FACES. BUT CONSERVATIVES ARE TAKING THE GOP BACK TO ITS ROOTS. THE COUNTRY CLUB GOP MEMBERS CAN MOVE OVER BECAUSE WE ARE THE MAJORITY IN THE PARTY. THEY MAY HAVE THE MONEY, BUT WE HAVE THE VOTES. CHECK OUT THE SCORE AFTER THE NOVEMBER 2012 ELECTION.

  4. Dear TruthSquad and Thomas:

    And you think you haven’t been “played” by the liberal socialist elite who “dumbed down” you education over the last 50 years so that you wouldn’t noticed you’ve been played? They are counting on the sheep like you two to be their unthinking mouth pieces. Keep up the good work.

  5. It is time that a true conservative Republican lead a truly conservative majority in the Texas legislature. Ken Paxton is the best choice for Speaker.

  6. There is some truth in what Thomas said. People who “talk the right talk” to the Christian social conservatives have gotten it down like fine artwork. They know exactly how to “cozy” up to the “clique”, say all the right things, have all the right appearances, get elected, don’t do much of anything, but STILL go back and make great speeches.

    Usually the business lobby rules the day in Austin. Where is talk of outlawing abortion in Texas?
    WHY isn’t anyone even speaking of such things now that we have a “super” majority? hmmmmmm But allllllll these people “say” they are “pro-life”?

    Wake up those in the “clique” you have been played for YEARS now, and still follow these false “Pide Pipers” that you elect.

  7. Bottom line: Speaker Straus did NOT “walk his talk” in 2009! His election was supported by only 11 Republicans, but by all of the House Democrats. The result was that, despite a Republican majority, a lot of conservative-backed legislation “died on the vine,” while liberal Bills skated through the Calendars Committee.

    That old saying about repeating the same procedure and expecting a different result is perfectly applicable to this situation. Rep. Paxton’s extensive biography constitutes prima facie evidence of
    the solid conservative credentials and agenda that Texas voters overwhemingly supported on November the 2nd. At the very least, Ken Paxton deserves the opportunity to demonstrate his ability to lead the new 99-member Republican majority…and to achieve a better result in 2011.

  8. Thomas…which is why we want Paxton as Speaker…not Straus the Faust.

    Staus’ progressive ways are all about big monied interests. Straus has an established historical record of selling his soul in exchange for power and money.

  9. Thank you Denise for standing up for a new Speaker of the House and opposing Straus.
    Currently 21 State House Republicans are NOT supporting Straus.
    29 more to go.

    See the Resolution of the State Republican Executive Committee:
    http://www.unifiedrepublicans.com/resolution.html

    Resolved, that the members of the SREC support … that House Republicans caucus together before the vote for Speaker of the House is commenced and select from among its Republican members a unified selection for Speaker of the House

    Sign the petition
    http://www.unifiedrepublicans.com/signpetition.html

    This is a Unified Republican grassroots effort to Oust Straus and to elect the Speaker from the Majority of the Texas State House Republicans, not just 11 Republicans and 65 Democrats.

  10. When are you so called “Christian Conservatives” going to realize that you are being used? The GOP’s true base are the monied interests (wealthy business men and corporations) who not only don’t share your perceived values, but scorn them. At election time, their high paid consultants role you up with these values issues but your support and votes are only a means to their ends. They use Christian Conservatives to gain power but then shun you like red-headed step children. How long are you going to let the country club GOP establishment roll you?

  11. TEXAS IS A CONSERVATIVE STATE. THE CONSERVATIVE VOTERS WILL NOT BE SATISFIED UNTIL THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE CALLS A CAUCUS AND ELECTS A CONSERVATIVE SPEAKER FROM AMONG ITS MEMBERS. KEN PAXTON WOULD BE A GREAT CHOICE.

    TEXAS VOTERS RESENT VERY MUCH THAT THEY HAVE BEEN ACCUSED OF BEING BIGOTED AGAINST JOE STRAUS BECAUSE OF HIS RELIGION. THAT SOUNDS LIKE AN EXCUSE FOR SOMEONE WHO DID NOT DO A GOOD JOB WHEN HE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY.

  12. CW – I agree with you. Straus is not a “fine fellow”…he is not a “fine” anything, except, maybe, a fine democrat in republican clothes. Any republican voting for Straus to be Speaker is a traiter, and is ignoring the will of the Texas voter.

  13. Straus is NOT a fine fellow. He is a traitor and a self serving sell out.
    He wasted two years of progress in Texas…………….Just like Obama, Pelosi and Reid.

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