SAN ANGELO - State Representative Drew Darby (R - San Angelo) will seek re-election to represent House District 72 in the Texas House of Representatives.

 A proven leader for West Texas, Darby chairs the House Energy Resources Committee and the State & Federal Power & Responsibility Select-Committee. 

 "It is an honor to serve West Texas families and businesses that provide the fuel, food, and fiber to Texas and the nation," Darby said. "I'm proud of the groundwork we laid this session to advance significant school finance reform to reduce Robin Hood and ensure local property taxes are not diverted to other areas of the state budget."

 In the regular and special sessions, Representative Darby delivered on:

• Keeping State taxes low and strengthening the State's rainy-day fund.

• Banning sanctuary cities and prohibiting any official from ignoring a lawful detainer order of an illegal alien. 

• Barring Planned Parenthood from receiving state funds, increasing criminal penalties for abortion clinics trafficking human remains, and increasing funding for alternatives to abortion.

• Eliminating the small school adjustment that penalizes rural school districts with less funding than neighboring districts.

• Prioritizing excess severance tax revenues to lower retired teachers' healthcare premiums and restore cuts made to early childhood intervention therapy. 

• Providing protections to landowners from appraisal penalties on oil and gas leases. 

• Ensuring Angelo State University, Howard College and the Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf were not overly impacted by budget cuts.

• Advocating for the Texas Tech Veterinary School in the House introduced budget and continued advocacy to see it pass into law. 

• Passing substantial foster care reform focused on helping families with kinship care services, greater utilization of the faith community to serve families, and improvements to oversight with higher compensation for quality caseworkers.

• Maintaining the commitment to secure the Texas border with state law enforcement and game wardens.

• Strengthening voter ID requirements and cracking down on mail-in ballot fraud.

• Increasing resources for mental health to reduce evaluation waiting lists and cut costs for local law enforcement and jails.

Texas House District 72 is made up of Coke, Concho, Glasscock, Howard, Irion, Reagan, Runnels, Sterling, and Tom Green counties.

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