Texas Rep. Chris Paddie announces campaign for re-election

Published: Jul. 9, 2015 at 2:23 PM CDT
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From the office of Texas Rep. Chris Paddie

After an enormously successful legislative session, State Representative Chris Paddie today announced he will seek a third term to serve as representative of Texas House District 9. House District 9 covers Cass, Marion, Harrison, Panola, Shelby and Sabine Counties.

An adamant conservative and fiscal hawk, Paddie worked to pass a balanced state budget and a historic $3.8 billion property and franchise tax cut package for Texas families and job creators.

Appointed Vice Chair of the Energy Resources Committee in only his second session, Paddie has quickly become one of the state's foremost oil and gas legislative leaders. This session, he coauthored landmark legislation to end fracking bans and ensure that Texas remains the No. 1 producer of oil and gas in America, bringing the U.S. closer to being energy independent.

"I am extremely proud of our conservative accomplishments this session," said Paddie. "We cut billions in taxes, secured our border, expanded 2nd Amendment rights, defended life, and helped ensure energy independence. I'm eager to continue advancing our conservative values."

This session, Paddie led the way on border security and helped pass a historic $800 million security package that placed vital new technology and an additional 250 state troopers along our border. Paddie is committed to keeping our families safe from violent drug cartels and human traffickers.

'A' rated by the NRA and TSRA, Paddie coauthored the bills that allowed for licensed open carry of handguns. Paddie also authored, and passed through the House, legislation that would have created sales tax holidays for firearms and hunting supplies.

A man of deeply held Christian conviction; Paddie is committed to protecting life in the womb and voted to stop activist judges from allowing abortions on minors without informing parents.

Chris Paddie is a Texas A&M alum and general manager of Marshall's KMHT Radio. He and his wife, Brooke, reside in Marshall with their two sons, Christopher and Noah. They attend Immanuel Baptist Church.