Special to the Bulletin

State Rep. Jim Keffer (R-Eastland) officially filed on Monday with the Republican Party of Texas for re-election to represent Brown, Eastland, Hood, Palo Pinto, Shackelford and Stephens counties.

“I am humbled by the support I have received from my family, friends, and neighbors in House District 60,” said Rep. Keffer. “I enjoy the challenge of finding solutions to the problems facing our state.”

Keffer is currently chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, and a member of the Legislative Budget Board and Legislative Audit Committee. He also serves on the Pensions and Investments Committee, and helped to secure the first pension increase in six years for Texas retired teachers.

A legislative leader in past sessions, Keffer has served as chairman of the House Committee on Economic Development and Chairman of the Select Committee on Property Tax Relief. He also plans to run for Speaker of the Texas House during the next legislative session.

The current Speaker of the Texas House, Tom Craddick of Midland, has been criticized by newspaper editorial boards statewide for his divisive tactics and his declaration that he has “absolute authority” in the Texas House.

“The integrity of our state government is at a critical crossroads,” said Keffer, who joined with other Republican legislators statewide who previously supported Craddick in calling for him to step down as Speaker. “We need leaders who value accountability, and provide an opportunity for members to represent their districts without retribution over civil disagreements. If I am appointed House Speaker by my colleagues, I will promote these principles.”

Past legislative session awards earned by Rep. Keffer include being named one of the five best members of the legislature by the news service Gallery Watch. He has also received the “Legislator of the Year Award” from the Texas Economic Development Council, the Texas Eagle Forum Freedom and Family Award, the Texas Association of Family Physician’s Patient Advocacy Award, the Outstanding Legislator Award by the Texas Industrial Vocational Association, and the Fighter for Free Enterprise Award by the Texas Association of Business.

He and Leslie Keffer, his wife of 32 years, live in Eastland, and are the proud parents of three sons who graduated from Eastland public schools. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University, and is President of a family owned and operated iron foundry business with plants in Eastland and Albany.