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Capitol Update: Serving Veterans and Remembering Audrii Cunningham

Last week, Texans from every corner of the state celebrated our Independence Day. Let us never forget that glorious day on March 2, 1836, when 59 brave delegates met at Washington-on-the-Brazos and declared their independence from Mexico and the tyranny of Santa Anna’s authoritarian government. A little over a month later, The Republic of Texas was born at the Battle of San Jacinto, when General Sam Houston and his ragtag group of volunteers charged Santa Anna’s army on hallowed ground and secured the future of our homeland.


Texas remained a sovereign state until 1846, when it was annexed and became the 28th state admitted into the United States of America. The same principles of liberty, pride, and sovereignty, for which our ancestors fought so fiercely, persist to this day. Each one of us bears a responsibility to live up to the legacy of our forefathers and work together to build an even brighter Texas for our children and future generations of Texans to come. God bless Texas!


With that, here's an update from your State Capitol…


Capitol Update


Last week, the Veterans Land Board, which the Government Land Office administers, announced that it will partner with the Texas Veterans Network, a non-profit that seeks to connect veterans with a variety of resources across Texas, to connect veterans with benefits they are eligible to receive as a result of their service. I applaud the GLO for their commitment to our men and women who served their country and hope that any veteran in need of services will take advantage of this opportunity. For more information on the services offered by this unique program, please visit


On a more somber note, and as many of you are aware, a family in House District 9 from Polk County is experiencing unimaginable heartache after losing their 11 year old daughter, Audrii Cunningham. Please join me in praying for the family and all those affected by this devastating tragedy, and may God impart His comfort and peace to fill the absence felt across our community.


If you’d like to honor Audrii’s memory, please consider making a donation to the Audrii Cunningham Memorial Scholarship that was recently established at Livingston ISD. This scholarship was created as a way to honor Audrii and her love for school. Donations may be made to the Audrii Cunningham Memorial Scholarship by mailing funds to “Green & White Scholarship Fund – Audrii Cunningham,” PO Box 1297, Livingston, TX 77351.  


The mobile office is on the road again this month, and our District Director will look forward to seeing you on the following dates, in the following locations: March 6 at the San Augustine County Courthouse in San Augustine from 9-11 a.m.; March 13 at the Polk County Commissioner's Courtroom in Livingston from 9-11 a.m. and at the Tyler County Commissioner's Courtroom in Woodville from 1:30-3:30 p.m.; March 20 at the Houston County Courthouse Annex in Crockett from 9-11 a.m. and at the Trinity County Courthouse in Groveton from 1:30-3:30 p.m.


As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office if we can help you in any way. My district office may be reached at (936) 634-2762 and my Capitol office may be reached at (512) 463-0508. Additionally, I welcome you to follow along on my Official Facebook Page, where I will be posting regular updates on what's happening in your State Capitol and sharing information that could be useful to you and your family:






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