Estes to seek reelection to Texas Senate

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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State Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) announced this week his intent to seek another term in the Texas Senate.

Estes will again run in Senate District 30, which is unchanged from the maps used during the last election cycle and includes all of Wise County.

The map recently approved by the Texas Senate simply enacts the court-ordered map and must now pass the House before the special session on redistricting ends later this month. Despite the pending challenge, Estes is enthusiastic to run for another term.

“I look forward to once again earning the support of the citizens in Senate District 30 and continuing to fight for common-sense conservative values in the Texas Senate,” said Estes. “I plan to run a positive grassroots campaign across the entire district based on my proven record of conservative leadership.”

During the 2013 session, Estes authored SB 1857, the school safety legislation that was signed into law by Governor Rick Perry. He also co-authored water infrastructure legislation, helped pass a balanced budget without raising taxes, passed “drone protection” reform, and advocated for stronger border security initiatives and business tax cut legislation for critical telecommunications infrastructure.

“My constituents made it clear they wanted us to pass a conservative legislative agenda, and I am proud of what we were able to accomplish,” he said. “When re-elected, I will continue listening to the families of District 30 to make sure our shared conservative values are well represented in the Texas Senate.”

The proposed District 30 includes all of Archer, Clay, Cooke, Erath, Grayson, Jack, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Wichita, Wise and Young counties as well as large portions of Collin and Denton counties.

Estes chairs the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Affairs and Homeland Security.

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