July 23, 2015

HOUSTON – Mike Schofield, Republican State Representative from House District 132 (Katy, Cypress), announced his intention to seek reelection. First elected in 2014 with 66% of the vote, Mike’s hard work in the 84th Legislative Session earned him “Freshman of the Year” honors from his colleagues in the House as well as being named a “Courageous Conservative” by the Texas Conservative Coalition.

“It has been both an honor and a privilege to represent the people of Katy and Cy-Fair in the Texas House,” said Mike Schofield. “I am proud of what we were able to accomplish this session. We reduced the tax burden on Texas’ families and businesses, protected Voter ID and the integrity of our elections, slowed the growth of government, enacted public education reform, and passed pro-life, pro-family legislation for Texas.”

Representative Schofield previously served as Governor Perry’s point man on Voter ID, and campaigned on the need to ensure the integrity of elections in Texas. He passed legislation (along with Senator Paul Bettencourt) to make a birth certificate available at no charge to anyone who only needs it to get their voter ID card. This removes one of the phony arguments often made that Voter ID imposes additional costs on people attempting to vote.

Additionally, Mike filed, and passed, legislation that will take school finance lawsuits away from a single judge in Austin and have them decided by a three-judge panel from around the state. This new law will prevent a single judge in Austin from having the ability to re-write the entire school finance system.

“For the past 30 years, every case involving the financing of our schools, and the size of your property tax bill, has been decided by a single judge in Austin,” Schofield stated. “With a three judge-panel, I am proud to say that the perspective of more Texans will be taken into account, which will ultimately save taxpayers billions of dollars and ensure our school system makes sense to more than just a single judge.

I look forward to building on our work this session and ensuring that, if reelected, next session will be just as productive as the last,” Schofield concluded.

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