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Capitol Comments: November 20, 2015

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Capitol Comments: November 20, 2015

Some of us might take our freedom and way of life for granted.  We were reminded last week that there are forces bent on taking away the liberties and lifestyles we enjoy from events half a world away. As you are probably aware, Paris suffered massive loss of life from the evil acts of terrorists associated with the Islamic State. Though news publications will have reported the horrific events in greater detail, it is important to pray for the victims of these senseless attacks, be thankful for the freedoms we enjoy, and be ever vigilant of those seeking to endanger American lives.

House District 65

Carrollton Veterans Memorial Ceremony

Last Saturday, The City of Carrollton commemorated the lives of three fallen hometown heroes by renaming soccer fields at McKinnish Park in their honor.  Though I was unable to attend, my Legislative Director Zach Flores was on hand to deliver Texas flags flown over the Capitol for each soldier’s family in gratitude for his sacrifice to our country.  Below are the details of each warrior who died protecting the freedoms we enjoy.

Private First Class Michael Edward Angerstein, a 1966 graduate of R.L. Turner High School, was a member of the United States Marine Corps D Company, 1st Battallion, 1st Marines, 1st Marines Division. Private First Class Angerstein was killed in action on October 27, 1967 in Quang Tri, South Vietnam.

Corporal Nathaniel Aaron Aguirre, a 2003 graduate of Creekview High School, was a member of the United States Army Headquarters Company, 1st Battallion, 22nd Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team. 4th Infantry Division. Corporal Aguirre was killed in action on October 22, 2006 in Baghdad, Iraq.

Staff Sergeant Carlos Alonzo Benitez, a 2003 graduate of Creekview High School, was a member of the United States Army 7th Squadron, 10th Calvary Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. Staff Sergeant Benitez wwas killed in action on October 14, 2010 near Moqur, Afghanistan.

Each of these young men gave up their lives in service to our country. Their memories will live on through their families and generations of Carrollton residents will know their stories from the plaques dedicated to them at McKinnish Park. We are forever grateful for your sacrifices.

Hebron Band at Grand Nationals

Bands of America Grand Nationals was held last week in Indianapolis, Indiana. Over 100 bands from across the nation competed for the top honors. Our own Hebron High School ventured north for the first time and left with the Bronze medal! They performed 3 times (prelims, semi-finals, and finals) in which they were judged by 3 different panels. After advancing to semis, they won overall earning the best in class award and winning two of the three sub captions music and general effect. In semi finals they also posted the highest score on record for any Bands Of America event ever! In finals they won the music sub caption and finished 3rd overall out of the 90 bands that competed on the National level. The HHS Band is the 3rd best band in the nation! They represented well for Hebron, LISD, and Texas at the highest level!

Denton County Republican Party Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
On Thursday, the hardworking volunteers of the Denton County GOP were recognized for their tireless efforts. Thanks to them, Denton County has remained one of the most conservative counties in the state- helping to offset more liberal counties in elections. Pictured here are HD 65 volunteers and precinct chairs, who have the job of increasing voter awareness and participation in their precincts. Thank you for all you do!

HS Football Playoffs
Fall is in the air, which means Texas high school football playoffs are in full swing. Five schools in and around House District 65 qualified for the post season. Below are the scores for last week’s first round games as well as the upcoming schedule for the advancing teams. Congratulations to every team who made the playoffs. Regardless of the results, I am proud of the hardworking players, coaches, and parents for the success they have had.

Division Team Week 1 Week 2
UIL 5A Creekview HS (Carrollton) Rockwall-Heath L 7-27
UIL 5A Newman Smith HS (Carrollton) Mesquite Poteet L 0-40
UIL 6A Hebron HS (Carrollton) Denton Guyer L 26-41
UIL 6A Marcus HS (Flower Mound) Keller Fossil RidgeW 57-14 @ Mansfield 11/20, 7:30pm
TASSP Prestonwood Christian Academy (Plano) Beaumont Kelly Catholic W 62-0 @ San Antonio Central Catholic 11/21, 1:00pm


Abbott refuses to resettle Syrian Refugees
In light of the recent attacks in Paris, Governor Abbott has informed President Obama that Texas will not participate in the settlement of Syrian refugees in our state due to the inability to properly screen those entering our borders for connections to terrorism. This week I joined my conservative colleagues in supporting Governor Abbott in his decision. The safety of Americans and of Texans is paramount above anything else. To read Governor Abbott’s letter to President Obama, click here:


US House passes bill to block Obama’s plan to resettle Syrian refugees
Throughout the tragedy of the Paris attacks and their aftermath, President Obama has held steadfast in his position to allow as much as 10,000 Syrian refugees enter our country. Many leaders such as our Governor, Texas House members including myself, and congressmen have expressed their concern of not having a system to properly vet all those coming into our country from having a tie to extremists. Though the Obama administration has maintained that the system currently used is sufficient to quell these fears, the House passed a bill that would halt the refugee relocation program.  Though the President has stated he will veto this bill, House Republicans, as well as a few dozen Democrats, passed the measure 289-137 on Thursday. Interestingly, it was one of our own congressmen, Michael McCaul, of the Texas 10th Congressional District, who authored the legislation!

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Thank you, it is truly an honor and a privilege to serve as your State Representative.

Best regards,

Ron Simmons
State Representative
House District 65

This publication was not prepared or distributed at State expense.