Honored by Texas A&M

Texas A&M University Chancellor John Sharp honored the Brazos Valley legislators with awards for our work during the 83rd legislative session. Senator Charles Schwertner, Representative Kyle Kacal and I were each presented with a beautiful glass plaque in gratitude of our support of higher education and Texas A&M University. The presentation took place during the Texas Tribune TribLive […]

Representative Raney Presents Ornament for Texas House Christmas Tree

(AUSTIN, TEXAS) To celebrate Christmas at the Texas State Capitol, State Representative John Raney (R-Bryan) presented the District 14 ornament to hang on the Lone Star Celebration Christmas Tree in the House Chamber. This ornament, designed by Representative Raney’s daughter Beth Raney Hawkins and granddaughter Raney Caroline Hawkins, includes the names of Representative Raney’s six […]

A Level Playing Field is a Conservative Principle

As a longtime conservative, I am sometimes asked why I support legislation to require large online retailers to collect sales taxes, also known as the Marketplace Fairness Act. This legislation would level the playing field for all retailers, and I support it because, as a conservative, I believe free market competition is the only fair […]

Governor Perry visits College Station

Governor Rick Perry visited College Station this past Monday, December 2, to present a $150,000 science, technology, engineering and mathematics grant to Texas A&M University. The grant was made possible by Cognizant, a Fortune 500 company with headquarters located in College Station. The grant comes in the form of a three-year commitment and supports the promotion of STEM education […]