State Rep. Dan Huberty has filed for re-election to House District (HD) 127.
“It has been my honor to serve the residents of HD 127 in Austin since my initial election in 2010 and I look forward to returning to the Capitol building to continue to represent them,” Huberty stated.
Huberty was first elected in 2011 and said while some speculated he would not run again for a sixth term, it was always his intention to return to the legislature.
“When you pass a career bill as I did last session, you have to go back to protect it,” he said.
Huberty authored and passed monumental public school finance reform in the 86th Legislative Session in the form of House Bill (HB) 3.
“HB 3 was the first major rewrite of school finance laws undertaken without the threat of a court order, and it put a stop to decades of patchwork fixes by creating a more equitable public education system,” said Huberty.
He said the bill gave a pay raise of 7% to Humble ISD teachers, the largest they have ever received. Following the filing, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced his endorsement of Huberty’s re-election bid, stating, “As chairman of the Public Education Committee, Rep. Huberty demonstrated incredible leadership by ushering in monumental reforms to our school finance system. Rep. Huberty also helped secure property tax reform, and he has proven to be a trustworthy conservative leader. I urge the people of Harris County to join me in supporting him for re-election,” Abbott said.
“I thank Gov. Abbott for his endorsement, and I will continue to work with him to build a better future for my constituents, and for all Texans,” added Huberty.
Huberty said higher education is one of the main topics he will focus on during the next session.
“We have not looked at the formulas in higher education in years,” he said, adding, “The amount of debt graduates have is unsustainable.”
Huberty is popular with constituents, having never received less than 70% of the vote in any election. His reputation is based on compassion and taking action.
“I am not in Austin to be a state rep. I am there to be a public servant. For me, the best thing about this office is all the lessons I’ve learned and in helping my constituents. I have a terrific staff and we have a full load of work every day.
“I am happy to have secured raises for all Texas teachers and happy to help with flooding remedies. We provided $5 billion in property tax relief, among many other advancements in important issues,” he said.
Huberty says he gets things done in Austin in part because of his seniority. He also credits mutual respect and trust with the other representatives and senators and because he takes a team approach.
Huberty also spends a lot of time on the job. He estimates he spent 100 days in Austin during 2018 in an off-legislature year. Since June of this year, he has been to the capital 30 times. He was driving there during this interview.
Huberty is active in the community. He is a board member of the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Humble Intercontinental Rotary Club, and he is a board member of the Be an Angel Fund.
He and his wife, Janet, have been married 24 years. They live in Walden on Lake Houston with their two sons, Ryan and Dylan, and yellow labs, Rocky and Bullwinkle. Their eldest child, Brianna, is currently living in Lubbock while she attends Texas Tech University.
Please see the following documents regarding Chairman Huberty's successful session, along with several one-page handouts distributed by the House and Senate after the session.