They fought nervous jitters, met tons of new people whose names they probably won’t remember and wondered if they would have the opportunity to standout during the next 140 days of class, the 82nd Legislature.
State Rep. Sarah Davis (R-134) and State Rep. Ron Reynolds (D-27) hail from different parts of the Houston area, but they share a desire to represent their constituents during the 140 day session.
Both freshmen defeated veteran lawmakers to win their seats. Davis defeated former democratic State Rep Ellen Cohen. Reynolds defeated fellow democrat Doro Olivo in the March 2010 primary and won the election in November.
Davis said her top issues are balancing the budget, immigration reform, voter ID and repealing President Obama’s healthcare reform. She keeps a list of priorities in her office given to her by members of a Houston area Tea Party. Republicans have a supermajority in the House of Representatives, which means they can pass their legislation without any votes from democrats.
State Rep. Reynolds said he hopes to contribute to the session by fighting for education and to lessen the severity of the budget cuts on some the most neediest Texans.
The 82nd Legislature is facing a $28.6 Billion budget deficit and will have to tackle issues like redistricting.
Now that they are sworn in, Davis and Reynolds are eagerly awaiting their first committee assignments. I’ll keep you posted on their progress during the session.