Capitol Update: Beginning Today

October 9, 2023

Dear Friends,

The third called special session of the 88th Texas Legislature begins today on the critical issues of education freedom, border security, public safety, and ending COVID restrictions.

I look forward to working with my colleagues on developing strong legislation in these areas.

In fact, we’re getting started immediately with a Senate Finance Committee hearing on school finance and teacher pay this afternoon.

Having spent 13 years on a local school board before serving in the Legislature, I’m confident that our state can recommit to a well-funded, excellence-driven public education system while also providing the flexibility Texas families deserve to select the school environment that best fits their children’s needs.

It’s not an “either-or” proposition – Texans deserve great public schools and other options.

As we begin this work with focused minds, our hearts are with our brothers and sisters in Israel. Robin and I had the very special opportunity to spend time in the Holy Land a few years ago and are praying fervently for our friends there as we seek out ways to aid in the relief efforts.

The turmoil of war is a painful reminder of the very high cost of freedom. May each of us be mindful of its value and emboldened to defend it with truth, honor, and integrity each day.


Kelly Hancock
State Senate, District 9
Chair, Committee on Veteran Affairs
Vice Chair, Committee on Water, Agriculture & Rural Affairs

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