Hello and Happy New Year!
I hope you had a blessed holiday and had the chance to spend some quality time with your loved ones. 2016 is off to a great start in District 29!
Since the December Capitol Review, there has been no shortage of holiday cheer. We attended the CPS Christmas Party, Pearland Christmas Parade, Alvin ISD Education Foundation Thank You Reception, AMACC Monthly Membership Luncheon, and the Pearland Area Republican Christmas Party. The Pearland Chamber had their Christmas Open House, and JP Starkenburg and Constable Stevens hosted their Holiday Open House. I also attended Terry & Jody Droege's 21st Annual Christmas Party of TDEC, Inc., the Communities in Schools' Christmas Luncheon, and the Houston Aircraft Instruments, Inc. Luncheon.
It was an honor to present Lt. Jason Corthell with a proclamation from Governor Abbott, recognizing his bravery and service to the Pearland and Cypress Creek communities: he works for the Pearland Fire Department and volunteers for the Cypress Creek Volunteer Fire Department. The proclamation acknowledged the courage he exhibited on March 27, 2015, when he was volunteering for the Cypress Creek Volunteer Fire Department. Lt. Corthell and his crew were responding to a fire in a 3 story apartment complex. While advancing an attack hose, the stairs collapsed onto him and Cypress Creek District Chief Gilbert Sanchez, and both men were trapped beneath the rubble. Lt. Corthell suffered a severe knee injury which prevented him from returning to work for several months.
He has dedicated his life to serving others and is extremely deserving of this recognition from our Governor.
I attended the Pearland Chamber's Transportation Advisory Council meeting and spoke at the Economic Development Alliance for Brazoria County's Roads & Bridges Committee Meeting and the Alvin Noon Lions Club meeting. We presented Lt. Jason Corthell with a Proclamation from Governor Abbott at Pearland City Council Meeting. I gave an update at the December Pearland Community Council meeting, met with constituents, and attended Roy Waldrep's Retirement Reception at the Chocolate Bayou Community Federal Credit Union in Alvin.
I had a great time catching up with the hardworking members of the Alvin Noon Lions Club. Thanks for the great work you do for our community!
Amidst all the activities over the last month, I was also able to spend some great time with my family, and hope you had a restful holiday!
Have you registered to vote?
The Primary Election is just around the corner: mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 1, 2016! Early Voting takes place from February 16 - February 26.
The last day you can register to vote for this election is February 1. Here is a link to the Texas Voter Registration Application. Please don't let time slip away - sign up today!
Texas House District 29 Race
We are gearing up for election season, and feel honored to not have a primary opponent, but we do have a Democrat opponent for the general election in November. We are looking forward to ramping up the campaign in preparation for the fall election. Would you take a moment and contribute to Friends of Ed Thompson to ensure victory for our district? Click on the "contribute today!" button below. It would be an immense help. You can also send a check payable to "Friends of Ed Thompson" and mail it to me at P.O. Box 3453, Pearland, Texas 77588. Thank you!
Second Amendment Rights
Earlier this week, Obama announced his latest executive actions concerning our Second Amendment rights, and I issued the following statement:
"Obama has been unsuccessful in getting his gun control wish list passed in Congress, so today he announced his plans to ignore the democratic process and issue executive actions to impose alarming gun control measures nationwide. As I have stated repeatedly, I strongly support our Second Amendment rights and will continue to do my part to protect the rights of law-abiding Texans amidst this gross overreach of power by our President."
I am humbled to have recently received an "A" rating by the National Rifle Association based on my positive responses to the NRA candidate questionnaire and my strong record of support for issues of great importance to gun owners and sportsmen during my service in the Texas House of Representatives. I look forward to continuing to defend our Second Amendment rights."
Air Quality Concerns in District 29
Some of the residents on the west side of Pearland have reported air quality (smell) complaints. I want you to know that we are aware of it, and I have been working with Jon Branson, Assistant City Manager in Pearland, as well as the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) in Austin to resolve this issue. If you notice a strange smell in your neighborhood, it is extremely important that you contact the TCEQ directly. I spoke with an expert at the TCEQ today, who said that 17 incidents have been reported, of which 9 of the reports are still open. Here is a link to the webpage that the City of Pearland created that has the appropriate contacts for reporting smell complaints to the TCEQ. I will continue following this issue closely and am looking forward to getting this resolved promptly.
TxDOT Urges Drivers to Make a Sober Ride Part of Their Football Playoff and Big Game Plans
The Texas Department of Transportation’s statewide “Plan While You Can” campaign is reminding football fans to make a sober ride part of their game-watching plans for the upcoming playoffs and the big game. The campaign runs through Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016.
“As many Texans will be watching football playoffs leading up to the big game, we strongly urge drivers to plan for a sober ride to attend watch parties,” said Carol Rawson, TxDOT Traffic Operations Division Director. “Crashes caused by drinking and driving are 100 percent preventable. Before you drink, make a game plan to get home safely. It’s a decision that could save a life.”
During the 2014 football season (Sept. 4, 2014 - Feb. 1, 2015), there were 10,676 alcohol-related traffic crashes in Texas. Those crashes resulted in 492 fatalities – an increase of 7 percent over the previous year.
Central to the “Plan While You Can” football campaign is a multi-city tour featuring an interactive dodgeball game that uses custom gaming technology to replicate the effects of alcohol on a person’s reflexes. As participants play, virtual drinks are added and the players’ on-screen avatars become less able to dodge incoming “footballs.” The game demonstrates how even one drink can slow reaction times. The tour visits Wingstop restaurants in Austin (1/11), San Marcos (1/16), Dallas-Fort Worth (1/17), Houston (1/24) and San Antonio (2/7).
Additionally, TxDOT is hosting an online contest on its Twitter and Instagram social media accounts for a chance to win one of five $100 gift cards donated by Wingstop. Participants can enter the contest by creating a tweet or post using the hashtag #PlanWhileYouCan. To learn more about the contest, follow TxDOT on its social media accounts.
Drivers under the influence of alcohol can face up to $17,000 in fines, legal fees, impoundment and other costs. As always, TxDOT strongly encourages everyone to plan for a sober ride before going out. Visit SoberRides.org to find alternatives to drinking and driving, such as:
- Calling a taxi or using a transportation app on your smartphone.
- Using mass transit.
- Asking a sober friend or family member for a ride home.
- Spending the night.
Team Thompson - Staffing Update
I am excited to announce the addition of two new staff members to the hardworking crew of Team Thompson!
Liz Sitta of Rosharon is our new District Director. She most recently was the Marketing and Recruiting Specialist at Alvin Community College, and we are thrilled to have her on board. If you would like to set up a meeting with me in the district, or have any constituent casework concerns, please contact her by phone at (281) 485-6565 or by email at
Roel Benavides is our new Legislative Aide in Austin! He just wrapped up his work as a campaign manager for a local House race and recently moved to Austin where he will be based. He will be helping us get ready for the 2017 session. His email address is
and can be reached at the Capitol office: (512) 463-0707.
We wish Amy Hill, former District Director, nothing but the best in her future endeavors! Madison Sachanowicz, Legislative Aide, (
) will be working for us part time in Austin, and Emily Kirchner (
is still our Chief of Staff. Please let us know how we can help serve you!
We're off to a great start to 2016 and I am eager to continue serving the constituents of District 29 in the Texas House. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance to you. Remember, I work for you! Please follow me on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated and stay in touch! If you need assistance on any state-related issue, please contact my Pearland office at (281) 485-6565 or my Capitol office at (512) 463-0707, or email me at
God Bless Texas!