Texas Travel Round-Up

In: The Lonestar Weekly   Posted 04/24/2017

There’s no place like Texas, and the Senate’s April recess was a great opportunity for me to visit many parts of our great state. In just a few weeks, I was able to meet with hundreds of Texans in ten cities. Here are a few highlights of my travels in Texas over the past two weeks.

In East Texas, I visited Texarkana College to learn about their partnership with the Red River Army Depot. This state-of-the-art facility trains East Texans and partners with the U.S. Army, one of the largest employers in the region.


Heading towards our state’s Big Country, I spent time with the men and women of Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene. After getting a look at the C-130J and B-1 aircraft, I had the honor of presenting a local veteran’s son with a long overdue POW medal that my office was able to help secure.


In Midland, I spoke with staff and volunteers at the West Texas Food Bank about my new bill to reduce hunger, which was modeled after the great work they’ve done at the food bank to more efficiently coordinate with other groups and serve almost 20 counties in the Permian Basin.
Looking towards our Oklahoma border, I was honored to present Veterans Affairs Police Officer Brandon Holloway the Congressional Badge of Bravery and visit with the Dallas Police Department and others in the North Texas law enforcement community. In Fort Worth, I discussed a bill with the Fort Worth Police Department that I've introduced to encourage police departments to hire veterans. 
I also had terrific visits with Texans in Laredo, Mission, Corsicana, San Angelo and Austin. 
From one part of our state to the next, I heard stories about economic opportunity and challenge, the importance of trade, and our charitable spirit. I am truly blessed to work on behalf of the almost 28 million people who call Texas home.