Editorial: We recommend Tom Oliverson in Texas House District 130

Editorial: We recommend Tom Oliverson in Texas House District 130

Representing what has been a solidly Republican district, two-term incumbent Tom Oliverson is a conservative advocate for robust Second Amendment rights and a limited role for government. His children are homeschooled, he staunchly opposes abortion rights, and has prioritized expanding religious liberty. During the 2017 session of the Legislature, when a bill banning transgender people from using using public bathrooms matching their gender identity dominated debate, Oliverson authored a bill that would have provided a religious exemption for discrimination against LGBT people. Neither bill became law and after losing seats in the next election, Republicans shifted their focus. A medical doctor specializing in anesthesia, Oliverson has a solid track record sponsoring bipartisan bills including protection against surprise billing for emergency room visits . Last session, with a lift from Democratic Rep. Senfronia Thompson, a bill Oliverson co-authored requiring pharmaceutical companies to justify price jumps became law. And in the face of projected budget shortfalls, he says he will work to protect the increased education funding passed in 2019. “I’m willing to work with anyone who is willing to work with me,” Oliverson told the editorial board, adding, “Good policy isn’t partisan.” It is based on that attitude that we recommend Oliverson for re-election, despite misgivings. His Twitter account, for instance, is often divisive. We are also troubled by photos of him not wearing a mask in situations where physical distancing was not possible. With COVID-19 continuing to devastate lives and our economy, we expect more from a physician leader. […]

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