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Newly elected U.S., Texas legislators prepare for upcoming sessions following election

Newly elected U.S., Texas legislators prepare for upcoming sessions following election
November 11
16:00 2020

Much of the news surrounding last week’s General Election has focused on the contested local races and the presidential race, but several other offices on the ballot affect Stephens County residents, as well.

New to the lineup of elected officials are Glenn Rogers, who ran unopposed in the General Election for the Texas House of Representatives – District 60, which includes Stephens County, and August Pfluger, U.S. House of Representatives – District 11.

Re-elected were incumbents Charles Perry, Texas Senate – District 28, and Jodey Arrington, U.S. House of Representatives – District 19.

Glenn Rogers

In the Republican Primary Election run-off election, Glenn Rogers beat Jon Francis for the opportunity to run for the seat vacated by Mike Lang, who decided not to run for re-election.

Rogers is a veterinarian from Graford, and he owns and operates Holt River Ranch near Graford. He graduated from Graham High School and then earned his Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Nov. 4, Rogers said, “Though yesterday’s election was a formality, I continue to be humbled by the support of the people of District 60 who have chosen me as their representative in the upcoming state legislative session. My campaign was centered on fighting for rural Texas and I am ready to get to work.”

Rogers will go to Austin as a member of a legislature that must immediately address the COVID-19 pandemic and the budget shortfall created by it. The 87th Texas Legislature will convene on January 12, 2021.

“I campaigned on three things important to rural Texas: working to address issues in our education system, identifying ways to offer innovative healthcare solutions to our rural communities, and to bring jobs back to these communities,” Rogers said. “The COVID pandemic has made all three of these issues even more pressing. Since the runoff, I have traveled across the district speaking with everyday citizens, business owners, and elected officials. It is very clear that this pandemic has impacted every aspect of our lives, and the legislature must take action to do what is necessary to move our state forward.”

Rogers plans to write a monthly column, which the Breckenridge Texan will publish. Click here to read his first column.

August Pfluger

August Pfluger defeated two opponents for the position currently filled by Mike Conaway, who decided not to run for re-election. He will serve in the U.S. House of Representatives for Texas’ District 11, which includes the southern portion of Stephens County.

August Pfluger

On his Twitter account, Pfluger wrote on Election Day: “Thank you, TX-11! I’m honored to have earned your support! Today, thanks to your prayers and support for our campaign, we can begin preparing for the next phase of this journey. Camille & our entire family are completely humbled and in awe to have the incredible people of our TX-11 community supporting us. I’m ready to fight for the people and industries of TX-11 and take our conservative Texas values and West Texas work ethic to Washington! Proud to serve in the United States House of Representatives for Texas’ 11th Congressional District!”

Pfluger graduated from San Angelo’s Central High School and has a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from the United States Air Force Academy, a Master of Science degree in aeronautical science from Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University, a Master of Science in military and operations science from the U.S. Air Force’s Air University, and is completing a Master of Science in international business and policy from Georgetown University. He is retired from the U.S. Air Force.

Jodey Arrington

Jodey Arrington

Last week, Representative Jodey Arrington was re-elected to represent Texas’ 19th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for a third term. The district includes the northern portion of Stephens County.

First elected in 2016, Arrington has served on House Agriculture, Budget, and Veterans’ Affairs Committees, as well as the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Reform. He currently serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means where he is a co-chair of the Rural Health Task Force and member of the Tax and Social Security Subcommittees.

“I am immensely honored and grateful that so many of my fellow West Texans have once again placed their confidence in me to serve and represent them in our nation’s capital,” Arrington said in a statement released on Election Day. “It is a privilege I am passionate about and take very seriously; and on behalf of my family and from the very bottom of our hearts, we thank you.”

Charles Perry

Charles Perry

Charles Perry was re-elected to the Texas State Senate, representing District 28, which includes Stephens County.

On his Facebook page on Nov. 4, Perry wrote, “Thank you for your vote and trusting in me to serve as your state senator. Although I was unopposed in this election, I want to thank you for your support and for engaging in the political process. We strengthen our constitutional republic when we vote.
“I will continue to fight for West Texas values by promoting religious liberties, defending the unborn, pushing back against government overreach, and protecting agricultural communities,” he continued. “We must also ensure that state government lives within its means to keep taxes low. This will allow taxpayers to have more money in their pockets. Lastly, I believe maintaining a strong energy and agricultural economy will continue to be our best defense against dependence on our foreign enemies.”


Cutline, top photo: Glenn Rogers, center, speaks with Chris Curtis, director of business development for Stephens Memorial Hospital, during the August board meeting of the Stephens Memorial Board of Directors meeting on Thursday, Aug. 20. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

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