Political Happenings: Schaefer chairman of newly formed Texas Freedom Caucus



Some Texas House members have come together to form the Texas Freedom Caucus “to amplify the voice of liberty-minded grassroots Texans who want bold action to protect life, strengthen families, defend the bill of rights, restrain government and revitalize personal and economic freedoms in Texas,” according to the group.

State Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, is the chairman.

“Go five blocks in any direction from the Texas Capitol, and you will see what interests are hard wired into the Austin establishment,” Schaefer said. “The mission of the Texas Freedom Caucus will be to hard-wire liberty-minded grassroots into policy making in Austin.”

The vice chair of the caucus will be Rep. Bill Zedler, R-Arlington. The policy director will be Rep. Jeff Leach, R-Plano; the caucus grassroots liaison will be Rep. Matt Shaheen, R-Plano, and the secretary-treasurer will be Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington. Other members include Reps. Kyle Biedermann, R-New Braunfels; Briscoe Cain, R-Houston; Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth; Mike Lang R-Granbury; Matt Rinaldi, R-Irving; Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford; and Valoree Swanson, R-Spring.


Smith County Commissioner JoAnn Hampton has been appointed to serve on the Education Committee of the County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas.

Commissioner Hampton will represent the North and East Texas Region on the seven-member board. The committee approves the continuing education hours required each year by county judges and commissioners serving in Texas.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on the Education Committee, which helps ensure that county judges and commissioners across the state of Texas receive the required information to serve their constituents,” Commissioner Hampton said.

Commissioner Hampton took office as county commissioner for Precinct 4 on Jan. 1, 2003, and serves as the voice of the county's northwest district.

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