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The encouragement I’ve received to run for Congressman Hensarling’s seat has been moving. This is a rare opportunity, and I’m honored that so many whom I trust and respect have offered their support.

After much prayer and consultation with family and friends and supporters, I am confident that I can best serve in the Texas Senate. Texas is setting the pace for America and the world, and our Texas Senate is at the vanguard of the battles to grow jobs, balance budgets, expand individual liberty, and protect innocent human life. Now is not the time for me to leave.

Texas Farm Bureau AGFUND Endorses Hughes for Senate

The Texas Farm Bureau Friends of Agriculture Fund (AGFUND) has endorsed State Representative Bryan Hughes in the race for Senate District 1.

Texas Farm Bureau and AGFUND President Russel Boening announced Hughes as the AGFUND choice to succeed Senator Kevin Eltife in the sprawling 16 county district. Early voting begins on February 16th. 

"Bryan Hughes is a strong conservative in the Legislature and he knows how to get things done in Austin," Boening said. "Bryan has demonstrated an appreciation for agriculture and has always shown a willingness to learn on new issues. We look forward to working closely with him in the Senate, as we have in the House." 

Boening predicts that property rights will be of top concern in next year's Legislature. He says Hughes will stand up for the interests of agriculture and rural Texas in the Senate.

In late December, Farm Bureau delegates from all 16 counties were invited to hear from all 4 candidates and vote on the candidate they wanted the organization to support.

"One of the unique aspects of the Farm Bureau endorsement is that it is derived from the grassroots," said Hughes. "Farm Bureau members here in East Texas met with each of the candidates and then voted on who they would support. So I am especially honored to receive this endorsement. I look forward to working with Farm Bureau during the next legislative session."

Texas Farm Bureau is an independent organization of farm and ranch families who have joined to solve their problems through united action. The Farm Bureau is totally controlled by its members through majority decision and is financed by voluntary dues. The Texas Farm Bureau has more than 500,000 members across the state.

AGFUND is Texas Farm Bureau's political action fund. It is a legal entity separate from the Texas Farm Bureau and may endorse and contribute to political candidates. AGFUND is funded by voluntary contributions from TFB members.

In December, Hughes was endorsed by Senator Charles Perry (R - Lubbock), a former colleague of Hughes who chairs the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, and Rural Affairs. He was also endorsed by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller shortly after his announcement. 

Momentum behind the Bryan Hughes for Senate campaign grows everyday. So far, he has been endorsed by Former Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton, Comptroller Glenn Hegar, Ag Commissioner Sid Miller, Texas Right to Life, Grassroots America - We the People, Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Texas DPS Officers Association, East Texas Police Chiefs Association, Dr. Dennis Golden, Senator Charles Perry, David Barton (President - Wallbuilders), Cathie Adams (President - Texas Eagle Forum), Kelly Shackelford (President - Liberty Institute), Ann Hettinger (State Director - Concerned Women for America), Carol Everett (President - Heidi Group), and Jonathan Saenz (President - Texas Values).

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Senator Charles Perry Endorses Hughes for Senate

Leader in Fight to End Sanctuary Cities Backs Hughes for Senate 

Mineola, TX -- Today, Senator Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) endorsed Bryan Hughes for Texas Senate.

Senator Charles Perry is well known for authoring SB 185, legislation to put an end to sanctuary cities in the State of Texas. Today he sat in on the Senate Sub-Committee on Border Security to offer the committee his expertise on this issue. 

"Hughes is the candidate I believe can be trusted to join my fight to end sanctuary cities in Texas," said Perry. "He has a dynamite record on fighting illegal immigration and has opposed all efforts to expand entitlements for non-citizens, including giving them drivers licenses."

"On pro-life issues, his record is second to none," continued Perry. 

Perry serves as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water, and Rural Affairs. He is well respected by farmers and ranchers across the state for his leadership on issues important to rural Texas.

"On issues of agriculture, I believe Bryan Hughes will stand strong for Texas farmers and ranchers," said Perry. "Hughes has a proven record of standing up for private property rights and against burdensome regulations that harm our state's producers of fiber, food, and fuel."

Momentum behind the Bryan Hughes for Senate campaign grows everyday. So far, he has been endorsed by Former Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Comptroller Glenn Hegar, Ag Commissioner Sid Miller,Texas Right to Life, Grassroots America - We the People, Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC, Texas DPS Officers Association, East Texas Police Chiefs Association, David Barton (President - Wallbuilders), Cathie Adams (President - Texas Eagle Forum), Kelly Shackelford (President - Liberty Institute), Ann Hettinger (State Director - Concerned Women for America), Carol Everett (President - Heidi Group), and Jonathan Saenz (President - Texas Values).

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Despite Denials, Simpson Voted For Drivers Licenses for Illegal Immigrants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 1, 2015
Contact: Jordan Berry
[email protected]
 

DESPITE DENIALS, SIMPSON VOTED FOR DRIVERS LICENCES FOR ILLEGAL IMMMIGRANTS

Mineola, TX - Despite his denials in a press release yesterday, the facts are clear that Representative David Simpson actually voted for driver's licenses for illegal immigrants.

Simpson said in his release, "I have always opposed driver's licenses for illegal aliens, and I am asking Bryan Hughes to read the bill and the amendment and acknowledge his mistake." 

However in 2014, Simpson expressed a different stance on this issue in the Tyler Morning Telegraph: "They [illegal immigrants] can get an education but not get a driver's license. That's not right.'' (1)

Simpson's record on illegal immigration is clear. He was the only Republican who voted against Governor Abbott's border security plan and he did so all three times the measure came up for a vote (2). Additionally, he voted with Democrats when they unanimously supported legislation that would have allowed for illegal immigrants to receive drivers licenses (3). 

Conservative grassroots organizations Simpson mentioned in his press release even commented on the specific votes taken on this issue:

- Empower Texans criticized the amendment Simpson voted for saying, describing it as "an amendment to Senate Bill 1705, to give drivers licenses to illegal immigrants" (4). 

- Young Conservatives of Texas stated on their scorecard, "Amendment 1 to SB 1729 would have allowed for illegal immigrants to receive drivers licenses" (5).

Earlier this summer, Simpson took a stance against drivers licenses for illegal immigrants on his website but recently deleted it (6).

Momentum behind the Bryan Hughes for Senate campaign grows everyday. So far, he has been endorsed by Former Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Comptroller Glenn Hegar, Ag Commissioner Sid Miller,Texas Right to Life, Grassroots America - We the People, Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC, Texas Home School Coalition, Texas DPS Officers Association, East Texas Police Chiefs Association, David Barton (President - Wallbuilders), Cathie Adams (President - Texas Eagle Forum), Kelly Shackelford (President - Liberty Institute), Ann Hettinger (State Director - Concerned Women for America), Carol Everett (President - Heidi Group), and Jonathan Saenz (President - Texas Values).

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CITATIONS:

(1) Tyler Morning Telegraph: Rep. Simpson back from Valley tour (7/21/14) Read here: http://www.tylerpaper.com/TP-News+Local/202745/rep-simpson-back-from-valley-tour

(2) Record Votes:
HB 11 (2015) - Second Reading: http://www.journals.house.state.tx.us/hjrnl/84r/pdf/84RDAY34FINAL.PDF
HB 11 (2015) - Third Reading: http://www.journals.house.state.tx.us/hjrnl/84r/pdf/84RDAY35FINAL.PDF
HB 11 (2015) - Motion to Concur: http://www.journals.house.state.tx.us/hjrnl/84r/pdf/84RDAY82FINAL.PDF

(3) Record Votes:
SB 1729 - Amendment 1 (2013) Record Vote 971: www.journals.house.state.tx.us/hjrnl/83r/pdf/83RDAY76FINAL.PDF#page=74
SB 1705 - Amendment 1 (2013) Record Vote 1052: http://www.journals.house.state.tx.us/hjrnl/83r/pdf/83RDAY77FINAL.PDF#page=118

(4) http://www.empowertexans.com/features/straus-leadership-team-too-far-left-for-wendy-davis-consultants/#sthash.J70cfgjf.dpuf

(5) http://www.yct.org/wp-content/uploads/ratings/YCT_83rd_Session_Ratings.pdf

(6) http://freepdfhosting.com/a695d8d042.pdf

Gov. Rick Perry Endorses Hughes for Senate!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 30, 2015
Contact: Jordan Berry
[email protected]

Former Governor Rick Perry Endorses Bryan Hughes for Senate

Mineola - Today, Rep. Bryan Hughes announced that former Texas Governor Rick Perry has endorsed his campaign for the Texas Senate. 

Governor Rick Perry was the longest serving governor in Texas history and is largely credited with much of our state's economic success, often described as the "Texas Miracle."

"Bryan Hughes is a committed conservative fighting to secure our borders from illegal immigration," said Gov. Rick Perry. "Bryan has consistently stood to protect life and East Texas values.''

Perry served as governor for six of the seven sessions Hughes has served in the Texas House. During that time, they worked together on a number of issues important to Texans ranging from pro-life legislation to securing the border and fighting Obamacare.

"What a blessing to receive Governor Perry's endorsement," said Hughes. "His contributions to our state are numerous and significant, and I look forward to continuing his legacy of conservative leadership in the Texas Senate."

Perry joins statewide elected officials including Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton, Comptroller Glenn Hegar, and Ag Commissioner Sid Miller in endorsing Hughes in this race. Hughes has additionally been endorsed by organizations including Texas Right to Life, Texans for Lawsuit Reform, Texas DPS Officers Association, East Texas Police Chiefs Association, Texas Poultry Federation and individuals including David Barton (President - Wallbuilders), Cathie Adams (President - Texas Eagle Forum), Kelly Shackelford (President - Liberty Institute), Ann Hettinger (State Director - Concerned Women for America), Carol Everett (President - Heidi Group), and Jonathan Saenz (President - Texas Values).

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Friends,

Thanksgiving Day is one of our most beloved holidays, an occasion that is uniquely American. Since before we were a nation, we have set aside a day to thank God prayerfully and humbly for the blessings He has bestowed on us and this beautiful, bountiful land.

As President Reagan observed, perhaps no custom reveals our rich history as a Nation so clearly as our celebration of Thanksgiving Day. Rooted deeply in our Christian heritage, the practice of offering thanksgiving underscores our founders' unshakeable belief in God as the foundation of our Nation and a firm reliance upon Him from Whom all blessings flow.

This Thanksgiving, as we celebrate with family, friends, and loved ones, we can pause from our activities to give thanks to God for our bountiful harvests and our abundant freedoms.

We also remember that there are many among us for whom the holidays are difficult. For some, it is a struggle financially to provide dinner for their family on Thanksgiving. For others, who have experienced recent loss, this time of year can be a struggle emotionally and spiritually. This reminds us to be even more thankful for what we have, and to keep these folks in our prayers and to look for opportunities to bless their lives during this holiday season.

Most of all we thank God for the gift of His Son. It's been said that Creation shows us God's power, and Calvary shows us His love. The ultimate expression of God's love for us is Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for us on the Cross and His resurrection from the dead. "He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all-how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?" - Romans 8.32

In times like these it's easy for us to get discouraged. Thanksgiving provides a great opportunity to take stock of all that God has done for us, and to seek Him for provision and protection and wisdom as we move forward.

I hope you have a great Thanksgiving,

- Bryan Hughes

Hughes Joins Lawsuit To Stop EPA Overreach

Mineola, TX - On Friday, State Representative Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) joined a coalition of energy producers in their legal challenge to the EPA's "Clean Power Plan."

Hughes joined co-counsel from Jackson Walker L.L.P. representing the Gulf Coast Lignite Coalition ("GCLC") in their Motion for Leave to Intervene in Support of Petitioners seeking judicial review of EPA's so-called "Clean Power Plan." Others in involved in the suit to stop the EPA rule include Texas and 26 other states. 

"I am proud to be joining a lawsuit on behalf of Texas lignite miners, power plant operators, and rate-payers challenging the EPA's latest attempt to centralize control over our energy resources in Washington DC," said Hughes. "This is one of the reasons that I became an attorney -- I get the opportunity to stand up for my fellow Texans against federal overreach."

GCLC is a non-profit corporation comprised of individual electric generating and mining companies, including several key employers and electricity providers in Northeast Texas. GCLC participates on behalf of its members collectively in proceedings brought under United States environmental regulations, and in litigation arising from those proceedings, which affect electric generators, mines, and the customers they serve.

Hughes and GCLC have long-advocated "all of the above" energy policies that allow states, like Texas, to ensure that its citizens and businesses have a reliable supply of electricity at an affordable price. The so-called "Clean Power Plan" fundamentally undermines this principle through a blatant attempt by the EPA to vastly expand its authority, ignore Congress, and strip states of their control over state electricity grids.

Ironically, the EPA claims that it is supporting "all" energy sources and giving states "flexibility." The fact is that they are imposing mandatory emission budgets on the states that pick winners and losers by functionally mandating an unprecedented build-out of wind, solar, and transmission lines while shutting down valuable power plants and stranding billions of dollars of investment, including in East Texas - all at the expense of power providers and their rate payers.

This rule does nothing to address "climate change," the issue that EPA claims as the basis for its rule. Using EPA's own numbers and methodologies, the calculated global climate benefit of this rule is almost unmeasurable. The rule is "All Pain, No Gain." 

"With this lawsuit, we have the opportunity to stop the Obama administration's scheme to bypass Congress and the states through illegal regulations implemented by unelected bureaucrats," continued Hughes. "We are confident the state of Texas and GCLC will be successful because the rule of law matters in this country and the right of Texas to control its own electric grid without illegal federal coercion will be preserved by the courts."

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Ted Cruz Said What?

Friends,

Last week I had the honor of saying the prayer and welcoming the crowd of well over 1,000 before Senator Ted Cruz took the stage at a rally in Tyler. 

During his introductory remarks, I was humbled to hear Senator Cruz make the following statement about me: "Thank you for your incredible support, for your friendship, for your passion, for your willingness to stand and fight for conservative principles and to represent East Texas values."

Ted Cruz is a man I admire for his tremendous courage and convictions. I am proud to be the only person in my race that has endorsed him for president.

Above left: Bryan Hughes visits with Sen. Ted Cruz before his rally in Tyler, TX.  
Above right: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has endorsed Bryan Hughes in this race.

Since our last email, momentum behind our campaign has skyrocketed. 

Thursday we received a major endorsement from Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC. TLR PAC is a statewide organization that seeks to curb lawsuit abuse and ensure Texas maintains a business friendly environment that encourages job creation. 

Shortly before that, we received a key endorsement from the President of the Texas Senate, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick. 

While it is rare for a sitting Lt. Governor to get involved in a state senate primary election, Patrick endorsed me because the stakes in this race are too high to sit on the sidelines. 

Thank you for your continued support. Have a great week!

For Texas, 

Bryan Hughes