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Representative Glenn Rogers Column

Representative Glenn Rogers Column
January 05
16:27 2023


Happy New Year! I hope the Christmas season was full of joy and time with family and friends. It was a blessing to spend Christmas with my family this year at home. It is always wonderful to have a house full of children, grandchildren, and other relatives. 

The 88th Legislative Session begins in just a few days. My staff and I are ready and excited to serve the communities of Stephens, Palo Pinto, and Parker counties. We spent the majority of our time these past few months hearing from constituents and learning as much as we could about the issues that are important to you. 

Securing the border and lowering property taxes top the lengthy list of goals for this session. Key issues such as water infrastructure, improving roads and the growing mental health crisis have regularly surfaced during our many conversations around the district.

Below are a few examples of my recent activities:

My family gathered for an amazing Christmas gathering. Unfortunately, a Southwest flight cancellation prevented my daughter Ginny, her husband, and my two granddaughters from joining us. They are photo-shopped in and were with us in spirit.

On December 21, a water planning meeting, which my team planned and hosted, took place at the Crazy Water Hotel in Mineral Wells. This two-hour discussion was attended by 60 area officials, state agents, and water utility company leaders from Parker and Palo Pinto counties. The increasing water needs faced by both counties, particularly in the rural areas, were addressed and the parties involved worked together to brainstorm potential solutions. There was a consensus to form a Regional Water Planning District. My colleague, Representative Lyle Larson, former Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee and seasoned water planning expert, joined the meeting to offer key advice. Projects underway, such as the future Turkey Peak Reservoir, were highlighted. This was a significant event and a culmination of our recent water tour across the district. Now, it is time for the 88th Legislature to pass bills that will address water infrastructure, including some of the legislative ideas brought up at this meeting.

For some last-minute Christmas shopping, I stopped by Toytopia at the Crazy in Mineral Wells. The customer service that local small businesses provide is unparalleled. Parker, Palo Pinto, and Stephens counties are full of great local stores.

In continuation of my District 60 water tour, I visited the Parker County Special Utility District (SUD) water treatment facility. Currently a one million gallon per day water treatment facility, this Brock facility is being doubled to two million gallons per day. This will help meet water demands in a growing area, treating water from the Brazos River with the reverse osmosis system to decrease salinity.
Water officials and their crews have my respect for their hard work and dedication. Thank you to Mark Hill, Dakota Tawater (General Manager), and Steven VanDyke for the tour.

I recently heard a report from the District 3 and local extension leaders on a vast array of local extension activities and was briefed on the Rural Student Access Initiative. 4-H programs were huge parts of my life growing up in Graham and it is incredible to continue to watch 4-H create leaders out of young people. These resolute extension leaders contribute so much to the development of our youth. It was great to visit with them, including Jason Westbrook (Palo Pinto County Extension Agent), Lorrie Coop (District 3 Extension Administrator), and Lynette Babcock (Palo Pinto County Extension Agent). 

Palo Pinto County Fair and Livestock Show is January 10-13.

It was an honor to present retiring Springtown Superintendent Mike Kelley with a Resolution certificate from the State of Texas recognizing his decades of service in public education. As a teacher, a coach, and an administrator, Mr. Kelley has been an influential leader and mentor to countless students.

Our public schools are filled with great public servants like Mike Kelley, one of the best.

I always enjoy reading to my grandchildren. On this occasion, we read “Jackrabbit Jewel and the Longhorn Cattle Drive.” This great Texas tale was written by Trey Armstrong DVM of Monahans.

The 88th Texas Legislative Session is about to start! I want to hear from you, what are the key issues that I need to address in 2023? Please leave a comment on my Facebook page or contact my office at 512-463-0656.

It is the greatest honor to continue serving my community and the people of this district

God Bless Texas!

As a result of the 2020 Census, the legislative districts for the State of Texas have been redrawn. House District 60 will now be comprised of Stephens, Palo Pinto, and Parker Counties.

Representative Rogers will continue to represent the current 8 counties in District 60 (Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Eastland, Hood, Palo Pinto, Shackelford and Stephens) until January 2023, when the Texas Legislature convenes for the 88th Legislative Session. Click here to find out who will be representing you in 2023.

My Office

My staff and I are ready and available to hear from you! The Texas Capitol is open to the public. Once the Session begins on January 10, much of our time will be spent in Austin. We are opening an office in Aledo and will continue our Mineral Wells office. If you need assistance or would like to schedule a meeting, feel free to reach out!

Office Contact Information:
Capitol Office
PO Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768

Brownwood Office
600 E Depot Street
Brownwood, TX 76801

Mineral Wells Office
115 N. Oak Avenue
Mineral Wells, TX 76067

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