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Texas House of Representatives District 54

Brad Buckley

Brad Buckley is the current Representative and the Republican Candidate. Buckley is a practicing Veterinarian, and a former Killeen ISD board member, and a father to three children. Buckley’s top priorities are investing more state funds in education, improving access to healthcare services for Veterans, protecting Second Amendment Rights, and reducing property taxes for Texas homeowners.

Criminal Justice & Public Safety

  • “During the 86th legislative session, Brad supported and passed legislation that gave equal Second Amendment protections for families with foster children, to better define and strengthen our concealed carry laws, and gives people the ability to protect their life and property during times of natural disaster.”
  • “As Texans, we deserve safe communities to live work and raise our families. We must all stand together with the brave men and women of law enforcement as they live the motto “to protect and to serve”

Education Funding & Teacher Pay

  • “Brad was a co-author of HB3, the Texas Plan, a comprehensive reform bill for public education. He proudly supported legislation to fund all day pre-kindergarten education for socio-economically disadvantaged children across the state of Texas. The Texas Plan also added $2 billion in teacher pay raises, because he believes that the sure bet for success is to put the best teacher in front of kids and let them teach.”
  • “Brad believes that the school accountability system needs to be reformed in a way that allows teachers to evaluate their students in a meaningful way.”
  • “In the 86th legislative session, Brad was proud to support and pass legislation that provided for a 13th check, kept a lid on sky-rocketing health insurance costs, and started the process to make TRS actuarily sound. Next session, Brad will keep fighting for public education, our retired educators, and our children.”

Texas Economy & Taxes

  • “We need to reform the appraisal system in Texas in a way that fairly and equitably values our properties.”
  • “Similar to those in place for homeowners, Brad supports protections for commercial property owners that will limit appraisal hikes and protect small business owners from unreasonable tax increases. It is important that any increases in property value be gradual and predictable for property owners and tenants alike.”
  • “Brad was a co-sponsor and helped pass Senate Bill 2, the Texas Taxpayer Transparency Act, which will provide clarity on taxing entities, rates, assessed values, changes in value, and dates and times of protest to assure that citizens can be actively involved in the process. SB 2 also provides a 3.5% revenue cap on taxing entities to ensure accountability and responsibility to citizens.

Government Transparency & Ethics

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Healthcare

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Immigration

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Reproductive/Women’s Health

  • In the 86th Legislature, Brad supported the Infant Born Alive Protection Act, which protects babies who survive abortions by requiring doctors to provide the highest standard of medical care possible in an attempt to save the baby’s life. He was also a co-author of the Heartbeat Bill, which would further protect the lives of the unborn. Brad also believes that we must protect elderly Texans. He supports efforts to strengthen guardianship protections so that the most vulnerable are not taken advantage of.

Infrastructure & Environment

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Social Services

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Likeithia (Keke) Williams

Likeithia (Keke) Williams is the Democratic Candidate. A former Company Commander with the Fort Hood Garrison, Williams’ is an Army veteran, a member of a Gold Star Family, a community activist, and a mother to one daughter. Williams’ top priorities include improving access to quality and affordable healthcare services through Medicaid Expansion, investing more state funds in education, and supporting working families by raising the minimum wage.

Criminal Justice & Public Safety

  • “Keke works with many families who fall victim to sex trafficking, gun violence, homelessness and injustice. She wants a greater focus on criminal justice reform and reducing crime and violence in all communities.”

Education Funding & Teacher Pay

  • “[Keke] believes the state needs to pay its fair share of funding for public education, especially to increase teacher salaries and fully fund Pre-K throughout the state.”

Texas Economy & Taxes

  • “Keke knows we need to raise the minimum wage so families can support themselves with one job instead of needing two or three to make ends meet. She also supports equal pay for women and paid family and medical leave for all families.”

Government Transparency & Ethics

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Healthcare

  • Keke will push for access to quality and affordable healthcare through Medicaid expansion. She will also protect funding for Planned Parenthood, where many women and families receive crucial healthcare services.
  • In the age of COVID, refusal to expand Medicaid is a disservice to the health of our constituents. As your State Representative, I will fight to expand Medicaid. Texas currently leads the nation in the number and percentage of uninsured adults younger than the age of 65. Expanding Medicaid could mean an estimated $6 billion of federal matching funds and could cover over a million Texas working adults. Five million Texans lacked coverage before COVID. Hundreds of thousands more have lost their insurance since, and 15,000 Texans have lost their lives.

Immigration

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Reproductive/Women’s Health

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Infrastructure & Environment

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Social Services

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