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Matt Schaefer seeks re-election

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Representative Matt Schaefer announced he will seek re-election to a second term as State Representative for Texas House District 6.

Schaefer made the official announcement this afternoon at the Smith County Republican Women's Club meeting. He says if elected, he will work to give Texans a larger role and government a smaller one. Also on his agenda? Working to give schools more flexibility.

"We have made so much progress and there's really an effort at the grass roots level to renew liberty for individual Texans in this state, and I am as fired up as I've ever been about that. By God's grace, and with the permission of the voters here in East Texas, I would like to serve again," Schaefer said.

From the Matt Schaefer Campaign:

Today Rep. Matt Schaefer willofficially announce that he will seek re-election to a second term as StateRepresentative for Texas House District 6.  He will make the announcementat the Smith County Republican Women's Club meeting at noon at TraditionsRestaurant on South Broadway in Tyler.

"In my first term in Austin Istayed true to the liberty-minded principles in which I believe. I didn't justgo along with lobbyists and insiders who believe in more government involvementin our lives. By the grace of God and with the permission of the voters, I amready to serve again," Schaefer said.

 Schaefer was elected to his firstterm in the Texas House in 2012 and served on the Criminal Jurisprudence andthe Defense and Veterans Affairs Committees. During the session, he played akey role among conservatives, taking on wasteful budget spending and vocallyopposing increased regulations on businesses.  Schaefer also was a solidsupporter of pro-life and pro-2nd Amendment legislation.

 Education was a toppriority for Schaefer as he focused on issues related to career and technologytraining in public schools.  He was proud to support legislation thatreduced STAAR testing and allows schools to re-emphasize vocational classes ingraduation plans. Schaefer was one of a handful of House members thatco-authored the measure to restore financial solvency to the Teacher RetirementSystem and provide a cost-of-living increase for most retired teachers.

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