I hope you all had a wonderful weekend celebrating the mothers in your lives. It has been another busy and exciting couple of weeks in our office! In this edition of the Capitol Update, you can read about my experiences speaking at events hosted by the Texas Taxpayer and Research Association and the Greater Houston Partnership. I also had the opportunity to sit down with the Minister of Health from the Democratic Republic of Congo!
- Panelist at TTARA,
- A Visit to the Greater Houston Partnership, and
- Meeting with the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Minister of Health.
As always, feel free to call my office by phone at (512) 463-0661 or email District130.Oliverson@House.
A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting with Texas Taxpayers and Research Association (TTARA) members at their Houston luncheon. TTARA is a non-profit membership supported organization of businesses and individuals interested in state and local fiscal policies in Texas and the way those policies impact our economy. The organization provides current and relevant information related to fiscal policies, taxes, school finance, economic development, and other related issues in Texas. Senate prospect Mayes Middleton and I got to share our outlook on the 2023 legislative session and taxation issues impacting our state. I want to thank TTARA for inviting me to be a part of this wonderful event.
Greater Houston Partnership
My good friend and colleague Rep. Sam Harless and I had the pleasure of speaking on a panel for the GHP Future of Texas Series. Founded in 1840, the Greater Houston Partnership is a gathering place for community-minded business leaders who want to be involved in Houston’s positive growth and influence its economic trajectory. They are historically known to address Houston’s unique challenges and champion the growth and success of our region. We got to share our thoughts on this session’s interim committee charges, as well as our hopes for the upcoming session. We also got to discuss important topics like Texas’ growing infrastructure demands and the rising crime we are experiencing in the Houston area. As lawmakers, we are determined to keep Texas growing while simultaneously making it a safe place to live. I appreciate the important conversations we had at this luncheon and appreciate the opportunity to offer a HD130 perspective.
A Visit from the Republic of Congo
One of the most unique experiences in my legislative career so far was getting to sit down with the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Health Minister. We had the pleasure of discussing my work in the healthcare field and some of my hopes for Texas. We also discussed their hopes for their country’s healthcare future. The delegation was interested in learning about our healthcare systems and how they could implement similar ideas in their own country. What an extraordinary conversation and learning experience! I cannot thank them enough for traveling all the way from Congo and taking the time to sit down with me.
Dr. Tom Oliverson
Republican State Representative
House District 130