We are more than one-third of the way through this 83rd Legislative Session, and I am pleased to report that our office is in full swing. This past week we had the pleasure of meeting with a number of our friends and constituents from around the district, sign on to a measure that strengthens religious values, and finalize plans to launch our mobile district office this month.
Our District in Austin: I was very proud to have the Centerville Lady Tigers basketball team in Austin on Friday as they competed in the high school Girls State Championship Tournament for the first time in school history. The team also had time to come by the office and visit with our staff, plus take a VIP tour of the Capitol.
Lilly Long, from North Zulch, participated in the Page Program on Tuesday, representing her town and our district incredibly well.
Texas Faith: One of the pieces of legislation that I was proud to co-author this week is HCR 58, a concurrent resolution that not only acknowledges, but supports the use of the word “God” at public gatherings as well as displays of the Ten Commandments in public educational institutions and other government buildings. The notion of separation of church and state should not mean that government should be hostile toward any expression of faith. To allow that to happen would not be representative of Texas, and our strong commitment to religious values.
FFA and Agriculture: I was very pleased to see a good number of FFA students from across our district at the Capitol on Tuesday for Texas FFA Day. I had the opportunity to visit with several groups in my office, and I continue to be impressed, though not surprised, by the excellent way these young people represent their respective communities and our district. I was also invited to speak at the Texas Ag Council Luncheon on Wednesday. This organization is comprised of the dozens of associations across our great state that represent agricultural, forestry and rural interests.
Mobile Office: This week we are beginning our mobile office tour, in which our district director, Linda Parker, will be setting up shop in a different part of the district each Wednesday of the month. On Wednesday she will be in Madison County at the courthouse in Madisonville from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. She’ll be posted at the San Augustine Courthouse on March 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will be at the Leon County Courthouse from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 20.
Linda will end the month at the Houston County Courthouse on March 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and be at the Trinity County Courthouse that afternoon from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Linda is excited to be able to bring our office directly to each of our great East Texas counties.
Trent Ashby is the Texas State Representative for District 57 that includes Angelina, Houston, Leon, Madison, San Augustine and Trinity counties. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
He and his staff are available during the week at (512) 463-0508 or (936) 634-2762.