As you know, there’s an election coming up on March 4th, and there are a lot of folks on the ballot this time around. So, I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you and to update you on my race to be the next Texas Comptroller.
First and foremost, I’m a family man who has been married to the same strong Texas woman for 15 years, and we are blessed to have three young, beautiful children. I’m a small business owner who understands the value of hard work, fiscal accountability, and that a person’s word is their bond. I’m a conservative Republican legislator who has been serving in the Texas Legislature since 2003. My family and I live in Katy, Texas, where we attend St. Peter’s United Methodist Church.
The Comptroller serves as the state’s Chief Financial Officer, so it is absolutely critical that he or she has a fundamental understanding of how the entire budget process works. During my time in the legislature, I gained that critical knowledge by serving on both the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, the committees responsible for crafting the state’s budget. I also have a strong record of providing tax relief to hardworking Texans. During the last legislative session, I served as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Fiscal Matters, which was charged with reviewing all state and local taxing and revenue matters. As the result of the work of this committee, I am proud to say that we passed House Bill 500 – an almost $1 billion tax cut for Texas taxpayers and businesses. I also previously served as Chairman of the Sunset Advisory Commission during which time my sole duty was to identify and eliminate waste, duplication, and inefficiency in government agencies. While I served as Chairman, I abolished six state agencies, saving the state of Texas millions of dollars.
In addition to my experience cutting taxes and eliminating wasteful government spending, I am fervent defender of the unborn and an avid supporter of our Second Amendment rights. Just this past summer, I fought hard to pass House Bill 2, which is widely recognized as the toughest pro-life legislation in United States history for its protections for the unborn. And, just this year I was awarded with the NRA’s highest honor – the Defender of Freedom Award.
I’m also grateful that folks from all walks of life have thought highly enough of my record and experience to publicly endorse my campaign in this race. I’m honored to have earned the support from business associations, grassroots activists, and conservative organizations including Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Texas Right to Life, National Rifle Association, Young Conservatives of Texas, Texas Farm Bureau, and the Texas Association of Realtors.
I feel my record reflects that first I am grounded in my conservative principles, and second that I have the necessary skills, experience, and leadership to actually get things done. As your next Comptroller, I commit that I will work hard to….
-Increase transparency to make government more accountable to taxpayers;
-Eliminate waste, fraud, and inefficiency in state government;
-Cut regulations and red tape that hurt small businesses;
-Stand up to the EPA to protect Texas jobs; and
-Encourage job creation and innovation.
State Rep. Glenn Hegar is a candidate for Texas Comptroller.