Service to others is what makes our community strong

Service to others is what makes our community strong

Serving the people of House District 63 is the highest honor of my professional life. Visiting with folks in the district provides opportunities to shape public policy, improve government responsiveness, and advance legislation for the betterment of our great state. It also provides rare insight into the heart of our communities, including the daily selfless acts of others. It reflects how amazing Texans are in their pursuit to ignite inspiration that makes meaningful differences in the lives of others.

One of the most impactful ways we can change a life is to step up and protect the most vulnerable of our society. Texans like Bob Williams and the team behind the non-profit Ranch Hands Rescue are some of the brightest lights fighting against a dark reality that exists in our society. Ranch Hands Rescue is a human and animal sanctuary founded on hope and healing for the long-term recovery of survivors who are finding their way after enduring unimaginable trauma, severe abuse, and in some cases, human trafficking.

In working with survivors of all ages, Bob recognized there is a growing underserved population in need of immediate advocacy – boys who have fallen prey to human trafficking. These boys are far too often the hidden victims rescued from this horrific evil.

Last year, Ranch Hands Rescue opened Bob’s House of Hope, the first safe house in the country for young men who have been sex trafficked. With a team of highly-trained professionals, therapy animals, and a group of dedicated local volunteers, the promise of hope is becoming reality each day for the survivors who have found safe refuge there.

Programs at Ranch Hands Rescue and Bob’s House of Hope provide healing from the horrific pain and mental anguish endured as victims. Forced drug addiction, complex medical challenges, legal trouble, educational deficits, and a host of other issues, are just some of the devastating challenges they face. Instead of falling into an endless cycle of dependency and despair, Bob’s House of Hope is teaching life skills and providing counseling to give these young Texans a renewed life. The transformation that is taking place at Ranch Hands Rescue and Bob’s House of Hope is miraculous and restores the goodness our community is built upon.

On Saturday, September 17, my wife, Beth and I are serving as honorary chairs for their Ignite Hope 2022 Gala with music, special guests, entertainment, and much more at the Embassy Suites hotel in Denton. We hope you can join this magical night that showcases the passion for service that is ingrained in the spirit of Texas. You can learn more at www.ranchhandrescue.org.

Another fantastic example of the heart of our community is how fast organizations like Special Olympics Texas are growing. I cannot imagine the feeling of watching sporting activities from the sidelines without the hope of being included or knowing the thrill of the game.

Isolation is a cruel barrier and far too often, we see people with disabilities missing out on the simple joys such as team sports. Through amazing advocacy and compassion, Special Olympics is making certain that physical and intellectual challenges never stop anyone from participating in sporting activities.

Flower Mound is the host home to the Special Olympics Texas Steak & Stetson gala, a highlight of what we can all do together to ensure local Texans with disabilities play too. I am honored to be a part of this year’s mission with Highland Village Police Chief Doug Reim (lead organizer), Denton County Sheriff Tracy Murphree, leaders from local law enforcement and an incredible group of volunteers. Each is dedicated to creating a fun and festive evening of great food, live music, auctions, and entertainment at Circle R Ranch on Friday, September 23 starting at 6 p.m. Please consider joining us to open doors for differently-abled Texans at https://www.sotx.org/event-detail/steak-stetson-16575908.

These are just two events happening in our area but there are many more community events and volunteer opportunities underway this September and throughout the year. I wish I could name them all but knowing that is not possible is a sign our community is filled with action and unparalleled enthusiasm to serve others!

As always, it is an honor to serve you in the Texas House of Representatives. If you would like to share a thought, please feel free to contact me at 512.463.0688 or email at tan.parker@house.texas.gov. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Parker: Service to others is what makes our community strong

School Days Are Back In Texas

School Days Are Back In Texas

A new school year is upon us in Texas, and students will soon fill our classrooms ready to learn. There is no greater investment than the one we make in our children.  Unfortunately, we know that the need for our state to ensure we nurture young minds and support their families in the process is even greater after a two-year disruption of education due to the pandemic.

Tan Parker Refuses LIBRE Initiative Endorsement

Tan Parker Refuses LIBRE Initiative Endorsement

Tan Parker Refuses LIBRE Initiative Endorsement
I completely and unequivocally reject this endorsement.

FLOWER MOUND TX – Tan Parker, Texas State Representative and conservative Republican candidate for Texas State Senate District 12, released he following statement:

“On Friday, the LIBRE Initiative endorsed a group of candidates for office. To my surprise, I was listed as one of the candidates. Let me be clear – I did not ask for this endorsement. I completely and unequivocally reject the LIBRE Initiative’s endorsement.

“The LIBRE Initiative has made clear where they stand on the issue of amnesty and illegal immigration, and we are not in agreement. I believe in the American Dream, and I fully support anyone who comes to this country legally, to achieve this dream.

“Any attempt to grant amnesty is in direct violation of my core conservative values. We are a nation of laws, and any form of amnesty is a slap in the face to those who have come to the United States legally. I am 100 percent against any effort to establish programs that create shortcuts or allow certain people to jump to the head of the line. That simply is not the American way.

“With the current crisis we have at our southern border, granting amnesty to those who have entered America illegally is simply not an option. Amnesty programs only create a magnet for more illegal immigration and put an even greater strain on our already-overwhelmed Border Patrol agents and resources.

“I will continue to fight against the Biden Administration’s open border policy, which is resulting in unprecedented chaos and death.

“Furthermore, I demand the LIBRE Initiative remove my name from their material and retract their endorsement of my campaign. The voters in Senate District 12 know my record and will not be deceived.”

PRESS RELEASE: Tan Parker Releases More Endorsements

PRESS RELEASE: Tan Parker Releases More Endorsements

Tan Parker Releases More Endorsements
60 House Colleagues Have Endorsed Bid for the Texas Senate

 Flower Mound, TX – Tan Parker, Texas State Representative and conservative Republican candidate for Texas State Senate District 12, released this statement:

“Our campaign momentum for Senate District 12 continues to grow.  Today, I am excited to share a significant number of new endorsements from my colleagues in the Texas House who have joined our efforts.  I have had the honor of working alongside each of them as they serve their districts and the people of Texas. They know my commitment to passing conservative, common-sense legislation that the people of Senate District 12 expect, and I am grateful to have earned their trust.”

Steve Allison John Frullo Tom Oliverson
Doc Anderson Gary Gates Chris Paddie
Trent Ashby Charlie Geren Jared Patterson
Ernest Bailes Sam Harless Dennis Paul
Cecil Bell Justin Holland Four Price
Keith Bell Dan Huberty John Raney
Kyle Biedermann Jacey Jetton Glenn Rogers
Brad Buckley Kyle Kacal Scott Sanford
DeWayne Burns Ken King Matt Schaefer
Angie Chen Button Phil King Mike Schofield
Briscoe Cain Matt Krause Hugh Shine
Gio Capriglione John Kuempel Bryan Slaton
Jeff Cason Stan Lambert John Smithee
Travis Clardy Brooks Landgraf Lynn Stucky
David Cook Lyle Larson David Spiller
Tom Craddick Jeff Leach Phil Stephenson
John Cyrier JM Lozano Tony Tinderholt
Drew Darby Geanie Morrison Ed Thompson
Jay Dean Jim Murphy Steve Toth
James Frank Candy Noble Gary VanDeaver

For more information about the Tan Parker campaign visit www.TanParker.com or on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

PRESS RELEASE – Legendary Chuck Norris Endorses Tan Parker

PRESS RELEASE – Legendary Chuck Norris Endorses Tan Parker

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact: Allen Blakemore

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

713-526-3399

Legendary Chuck Norris Endorses Tan Parker 

FlowerMound, TX – Tan Parker, Texas State Representative and conservative Republicancandidate for Texas State Senate District 12, released this statement:

“As our campaign for Senate District 12forges ahead, it is exciting to have the legendary Chuck Norris join our team.Chuck is a force whose achievements exceed multiple lifetimes. I am alsohumbled to have the support of a genuine Texan who remains dedicated to faith,family, and freedom as well as improving the lives of children and standingstrong for our second amendment rights.”

Chuck Norris had this to say about hisendorsement, “My good friend Tan Parker is Texas tough. The legislature is oneplace where we really need leaders of principle and backbone – and Tan issomeone who has shown both in abundance. Through the years, I’ve watched Tanexemplify the leadership that Texans can count on, and I’m honored to supportand endorse him for the 12th District of the Texas Senate.”

For more information about the Tan Parker campaign visit www.TanParker.com or on social mediaplatforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Proposed 2021 Texas Constitutional Amendments

Proposed 2021 Texas Constitutional Amendments

IMPORTANT ELECTION DATES:

  • October 22: Last day to receive absentee ballot requests for those voting by mail
  • October 18-October 29: Early voting
  • Nov. 2: Election Day



For information on where to find your polling place in your county of residence, click on one of the links available below:

DALLAS COUNTY

DENTON COUNTY

TARRANT COUNTY

WISE COUNTY

NOVEMBER 2nd CONSTITUTIONAL ELECTION


During this upcoming election, Texans will be able to consider the following proposed constitutional amendments that are reflective of many areas of public policy. Here is a brief summary of each of them:

Proposition Number 1: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the professional sports team charitable foundations of organizations sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association or the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association to conduct charitable raffles at rodeo venues.”

Prop 1 proposes a constitutional amendment expanding the circumstances in which a professional sports team charitable foundation may conduct raffles to raise money for the foundation’s charitable purposes. The proposed amendment would allow professional sports team charitable foundations of organizations sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association or the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association to hold charitable raffles at rodeo events.

Proposition Number 2: “The constitutional amendment authorizing a county to finance the development or redevelopment of transportation or infrastructure in unproductive, underdeveloped, or blighted areas in the county.”

Prop 2 proposes a constitutional amendment allowing the legislature to authorize a county to issue bonds or notes to finance the development or redevelopment of an unproductive, underdeveloped, or blighted area within the county and to pledge for repayment of those bonds or notes increases in property tax revenues imposed on property in the area by the county. The Texas Constitution gives the legislature the power to authorize an incorporated city or town to issue such bonds or notes but does not expressly give the legislature the power to grant that same authority to counties. The proposed amendment also provides that a county that issues bonds or notes for transportation improvements may not pledge for the repayment of those bonds or notes more than 65 percent of the increases in ad valorem tax revenues each year, and a county may not use proceeds from the bonds or notes to finance the construction, operation, maintenance, or acquisition of rights-of-way of a toll road.

Proposition Number 3: “The constitutional amendment to prohibit this state or a political subdivision of this state from prohibiting or limiting religious services of religious organizations.”

Prop 3 proposes a constitutional amendment barring the State of Texas or a political subdivision from enacting, adopting, or issuing a statute, order, proclamation, decision, or rule that prohibits or limits religious services. The proposed amendment would apply to religious services, including those conducted in churches, congregations, and places of worship, in the state by a religious organization established to support and serve the propagation of a sincerely held religious belief.

Proposition Number 4: “The constitutional amendment changing the eligibility requirements for a justice of the supreme court, a judge of the court of criminal appeals, a justice of a court of appeals, and a district judge.”

Prop 4 proposes a constitutional amendment changing certain eligibility requirements for a justice of the Supreme Court, a judge of the Court of Criminal Appeals, a justice of a court of appeals, and a district judge. The proposed amendment provides that a person is eligible to serve on the Supreme Court if the person, among other qualifications, is licensed to practice law in Texas; is a resident of Texas at the time of election; has been either a practicing lawyer licensed in Texas for at least ten years or a practicing lawyer licensed in Texas and a judge of a state court or county court established by the legislature for a combined total of at least ten years; and during that time has not had the person’s license to practice law revoked, suspended, or subject to a probated suspension. The same eligibility requirements would apply to a judge of the Court of Criminal Appeals and to a justice of a court of appeals. The proposed amendment further provides that to be eligible for appointment or election as a district judge, a person must be a resident of Texas; be licensed to practice law in Texas; and have been a practicing lawyer or a judge of a court in Texas, or both combined, for eight years preceding the person’s election, during which time the person’s license to practice law has not been revoked, suspended, or subject to a probated suspension.

Proposition Number 5: “The constitutional amendment providing additional powers to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct with respect to candidates for judicial office.”

Prop 5 proposes a constitutional amendment allowing the State Commission on Judicial Conduct (SCJC) to accept complaints or reports, conduct investigations, and take any other authorized action with respect to a candidate for a state judicial office. Currently, the Texas Constitution only permits the SCJC to take such actions as to persons holding a judicial office.

Proposition Number 6: “The constitutional amendment establishing a right for residents of certain facilities to designate an essential caregiver for in-person visitation.”

Prop 6 proposes a constitutional amendment establishing that residents of certain facilities have the right to designate an essential caregiver with whom the facility may not prohibit in-person visitation. The proposed amendment would apply to a nursing facility, assisted living facility, intermediate care facility for individuals with an intellectual disability, residence providing home and community-based services, or state supported living center. The proposed amendment also would authorize the legislature to provide guidelines for these facilities to follow in establishing essential caregiver visitation policies and procedures.

Proposition Number 7: “The constitutional amendment to allow the surviving spouse of a person who is disabled to receive a limitation on the school district ad valorem taxes on the spouse’s residence homestead if the spouse is 55 years of age or older at the time of the person’s death.”

Prop 7 proposes a constitutional amendment permitting a person who is 55 years of age or older at the time of death of their spouse who is receiving a limitation on school district property taxes on their residence homestead on the basis of a disability to continue receiving the limitation while the property remains the surviving spouse’s residence homestead.

Proposition Number 8: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a member of the armed services of the United States who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.”

Prop 8 proposes a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a member of the United States armed services who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty. The Texas Constitution provides a property tax exemption to the surviving spouse of a member of the armed services who is killed in action, but the current exemption does not include members of the military who die during their service due to injuries sustained that are not combat-related.