Saying he still believes he has work to do, state Sen. Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay) came to Brownwood Monday morning to announce his candidacy for a new term in the Texas Senate.
“There are still things to accomplish,” Fraser said. “With my seniority and leadership position, I think I have something to offer to this district. If I am honored with the district’s vote, it would be my privilege to serve. I’m proud of my voting record, and I will run on that.”
While it appears the next regular session of the Texas Legislature will open without a crisis issue like school finance or budget worries, the challenges before lawmakers will be greater than ever, Fraser said.
“As chairman of the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce, I recognize that economic development and job creation are the most important issues facing a community,” Fraser said. “I want to continue to use my leadership role in 2009 to fight for the interests of this district so that we continue to grow.”
Fraser, 58, also is a member of the Senate Committees on Finance, State Affairs and International Relations and Trade.
In 2006, Fraser was named the top Legislator in the nation by the American Legislative Exchange Council, an association for state legislators, as a result of landmark legislation passed in the areas of telecommunications, electricity deregulation, renewable energy development and property insurance reform.
“As a state senator, my goal is to do my best for not only my constituents but also for the State of Texas,” said Fraser. “To have those efforts recognized nationally is a gratifying acknowledgment of that work.”
In addition to job creation and renewable energy, Fraser said he plans to continue working on the issue of water development. Brownwood is fortunate to have the water resources it needs with Lake Brownwood, he said, but other areas do not. And areas like Brownwood have concerns that water resources may be diverted to other areas.
“The residents of West and Central Texas deserve a strong voice and a steady hand in the Senate,” Fraser said. “My experience in Austin puts me in a position to help.”
District 24 stretches from Abilene through the Texas Hill Country and the Highland Lakes to the Killeen-Temple area.
“I think my conservative view of government is very compatible with the residents of the district,” Fraser said.
The senator said he started his announcement tour in Brownwood because the city is “the shining star” throughout the district.
“Brownwood is unique for a city its size,” Fraser said. “You’re adding jobs, you’re enjoying steady growth. Brownwood has a reputation as a city that is politically astute. You know what it’s all about and what it takes. The proof of that is when you have Brownwood Day in Austin, it’s always well attended.”
Fraser was first elected to the Senate in 1996 and reelected in 2000, 2002 and 2004.
In 2003, he was honored as the State Official of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders. He also was recognized in 2003 by Texans for Lawsuit Reform for his contributions to civil justice reform in Texas. In 2004, Fraser was honored by the Association of the United States Army for his service in support of national defense.
Prior to his election to the Senate, Fraser served three terms in the Texas House of Representatives, from 1988 to 1992.
He has been married to his wife, the former Linda Cochran, for 38 years, and they have three children and three grandchildren.