Editorials by Tan


Session Update – Governor Abbott Lays Out Priorities

March 8th, 2015

On February 17th, Governor Greg Abbott delivered his State of the State address to a joint session of both the Texas House and Senate. I was honored to serve on the escort committee that welcomed Governor Abbott to the House Chamber and to sit directly behind him during his important speech. But more than my […]

Session Update – The House is Organized and Ready to Lead

February 1st, 2015

Every legislative session I am reminded of how quickly Texas’ legislative body moves to begin the important undertaking of the people’s business.  While the speed and efficiency should come as no surprise given that state lawmakers only have 140 short days to convene in a regular session, how quickly the moving parts are set into […]

Flu Season Is Upon Us – Remember to Get Your Vaccination

October 2nd, 2014

Upon starting my first term in the Texas Legislature, one of my initial undertakings was to successfully pass legislation that brought greater awareness to families about the need to vaccinate against the influenza virus, especially for children.  This is a topic that I would come back to later in my service as well by officially […]

Remembering 9/11

September 11th, 2014

That day our confidence in our safety and security was rocked to its foundation. But more importantly, our firm belief that things of this magnitude don’t happen to such a wonderful nation was shaken to its core. In the days that followed, America responded the only way that it could, with resolve for bravely demonstrating that those who would challenge our will cannot terrorize us into changing who we are and what we value.

Safely Enjoying the Water This Summer

July 22nd, 2014

It is estimated that every day ten individuals in the United States drown. That is why I have made water safety a high priority as a state lawmaker.

Work Still Left To Do In The House Corrections Committee

April 25th, 2014

While I believe that the Corrections Committee succeeded in addressing many of our state’s top challenges within our correctional system last legislative session, our work is not yet done. In order to continue looking at ways to improve the correctional process in our state, the committee will be holding several public hearings on a multitude of topics over the next few months.

Empty Bellies

April 7th, 2014

The reality is that there are a significant number of children in Denton County who suffer from hunger and food insecurity. Unfortunately, many of these children are only able to eat a complete meal when at school, whether that be breakfast, lunch or both. When these children leave school for the weekend, some are not able to eat a meal again until they return to school the next Monday morning.

Receiving the Children’s Guardian Angel Award

October 30th, 2013

Several years ago while preparing to begin my second term in the Texas House of Representatives, I came across Jenna Quinn and her tremendous story of personal resilience in the face of unspeakable sexual abuse that went undetected for many years.  Like so many tragic victims in that circumstance, Jenna was just a child who […]

Lawmakers Make Progress on Transportation Infrastructure

August 26th, 2013

I see the problem with my own eyes every day as I drive across Denton County to attend meetings and events, take my children to school and work in my business capacity to provide for my family. No where in Texas is the problem more evident than in the greater DFW region, where an estimated 7 out of 10 new Texans move each day.

A Look at Texas’s New Education Laws

August 2nd, 2013

It feels like only yesterday that my two girls came bounding home from their last day of school excited to begin their long awaited summer vacation, and yet here we are already beginning the preparations for the new school year that is quickly drawing near.  This especially hits home for me as I consider how […]