It's March, and so much has happened since the last Capitol Review! We hope you and your loved ones are having a great 2016 thus far. In this edition of the Capitol Review, we are covering the following topics:
- Great events held throughout the District 29 community
- Pearland ISD's Robotics Team 5414
- District 29 Advisory Councils
- Primary Election Results
- TexasClearLanes.com, a new website with road congestion information
- Ways to be safe this Spring Break
The District 29 community is very active, as usual! We attended a variety of events, including the Economic Development Alliance for Brazoria County meeting, Pearland Chamber 54th Annual Banquet and Meeting, Manvel Economic Development Meeting, Mid-Coast ACIT and Associated Builders and Contractors Joint Membership Luncheon, Brazoria County Commissioners Court, Alvin Manvel Chamber Luncheon, Pearland State of the City Luncheon, and toured MHI Compressor International's Pearland Works site.
We also went to the West Pearland Republican Women Mixer/Candidate Forum, Brazoria County Lincoln-Reagan Dinner, YMCA Annual Campaign Kickoff Lunch in Alvin, Texas Association of School Boards Region 4 Grassroots Dinner, the Hometown Heroes Soccer Game (Firefighters vs. Police Officers/Elected Officials), the Turner College and Career Business Roundtable Event, the TxDOT Houston Regional Congestion Meeting, Houston Auto Show Preview Night, TAG Annual Meeting “Texas Mobility Funding Outlook” with Comptroller Glenn Hegar, Texas Independent Auto Dealers Houston Chapter Meeting, Bay Tran Luncheon, toured Luminant's Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant in Glen Rose, and met with stakeholders in Austin on a variety of topics, including storm surge protection and environmental regulation issues.
I entered the Republican Party of Texas ticket giveaway to get a ticket for the GOP Presidential Debate that was held at my alma mater, the University of Houston, last week! Former President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush were there, in addition to Former Governor Rick Perry, Governor Greg Abbott, and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. You can see more of my photos from the event on my Facebook page.
I also attended the Pearland ISD Cook-off, Pearland Pearadox Robotics Demo Day at Turner High School, spoke at TRIO Day at Alvin Community College, attended the Brazoria County Cavalry Anniversary in Lake Jackson, Alvin Museum Society's 40th Anniversary, the Greater 288 Regional Partnership Luncheon, Coastal Spine/Coastal Atlas Meeting at BAHEP, was the Keynote Speaker for ACC's Phi Theta Kappa Induction Ceremony, was the Guest Speaker for the Turner High School Debate Team Class, and stopped by our Local Governance Advisory Council meeting.
I had the opportunity to tour MHI Compressor International's Pearland Works site, where I met with President Gampa Bhat, Marketing Director Stephanie Martin, Operations Manager Alan Bishop, and Assistant General Manager Kazuhito Tojo. The facility has a beautiful Japanese Garden out front, which Pearland Mayor Tom Reid has determined is his favorite garden!
We had a blast at the 15th Annual Alvin ISD Education Foundation Turtle Race and Family Fun Run, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Denim and Daisies Dinner, Texas Travel Industry Unity Dinner with the Alvin Convention and Visitors Bureau, Governing magazine's Economic Development in the Lone Star State Leadership Summit, Harris County Republican Party Lincoln Reagan Reception, Mayor Sylvester Turner's Rodeo Houston Kickoff Breakfast, Pearland BizConnect Luncheon, and I even got to attend the GOP Debate at the University of Houston!
Pearland ISD's Robotics Team 5414
Robert Turner College and Career High School is home to an impressive robotics team. I had the opportunity to go on a tour given by Turner High School Sophomore, Dylan Hashem. Students learn about not only robotics and technology, but also how to create a business plan, hone their public speaking skills, learn management, how to budget, writing skills, and how to network.
This year's robotics competition will take place at the George R. Brown Convention Center April 7-9 and it is free to the public. For more details on the event, click here.
Representative Thompson visits with members of the Robotics Team at Turner High School.
District 29 Advisory Councils
Our Advisory Councils are up and running! If you have not signed up yet to participate in one of these groups, please email my District Director, Liz Sitta, at
to get connected. The first Local Governance meeting has already occurred, but Transportation (3/8), Education (3/22), Health and Human Services (3/24), and Business and Commerce (TBD) meetings are right around the corner! These meetings are your chance to voice your concerns and ideas that can help make our community a better one.
Primary Election Results
March 1st was Super Tuesday, and the Texas Primary Election was held. Thanks to all who took the time to go vote - your vote truly matters at the federal, state, and local levels! Hereis a link to a website where you can view the 2016 Texas Primary Election Results. You can view results in Brazoria County here.
I was humbled to run unopposed in the Republican Primary for State Representative, but will face a Democrat opponent in the General election this fall. I will need your help to continue representing the people of District 29! Please sign up to get involved with Team Thompson. There are opportunities to contribute financially, to volunteer, display a yard sign, and to lend your name to endorse me - all on my website. Thank you for the privilege of getting to represent you in the Texas House.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recently presented a new website,TexasClearLanes.com, to help keep Texans informed of the agency’s efforts to address traffic congestion. TxDOT is committed to improving travel times for drivers as our population continues to boom.
In fact, TxDOT recently approved $1.3 billion dollars to be spent to reduce congestion in the major metro areas with populations over 1 million where there is the most gridlock. This will undoubtedly help our area, too!
Visit TexasClearLanes.com when you have a chance. You can find details about major road projects across the state, in-depth information on congestion across the state, advice on how to get involved and do your part to reduce congestion, as well as examples of what Texas companies and state agencies are doing to improve mobility.
TxDOT is responsible for maintaining 80,000 miles of road and for supporting aviation, rail, and public transportation across the state. Find out more at TxDOT.gov, on Facebook, and on Twitter.
Spring Break 2016
Have any Spring Break plans? The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding Texans to drive responsibly and to take extra precautions as they make travel plans during Spring Break. Here are some helpful tips for safe travel during the holiday:
- Slow down – especially in bad weather, construction areas, heavy traffic and unfamiliar areas.
- Eliminate distractions while driving, including the usage of mobile devices.
- Buckle up everyone in the vehicle – it’s the law.
- Don’t drive fatigued, and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
- Drive defensively, as holiday travel may present additional challenges.
- Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained before your trip begins.
- Slow down or move over for tow trucks, as well as police, fire, EMS and Texas Department of Transportation vehicles stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated – it’s the law.
DPS troopers and local law enforcement in the coastal areas of Texas will also be keeping our roads safe by enhancing enforcement efforts during Spring Break, looking for speeders, drunk drivers, and seat-belt violators.
Plans to travel abroad? Be sure to check the U.S. Department of State website for the latest security information related to your travel destination. Those traveling out of the country can also register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program here. We hope you have a safe and fun Spring Break 2016!
Sheldon A. Turtle came to visit me at the Capitol prior to the 15th Annual Alvin ISD Education Foundation Turtle Race and Family Fun Run. Click here for a short video from the festivities!
Can I help you with a state issue you are facing? Please email me at
, call my District Office at 281-485-6565, or my Capitol Office at 512-463-0707. You can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated and stay in touch.
Thanks for reading, and God Bless Texas!