Bringing the Office to the District
My office has been hosting Mobile Office Hours this week, with staff on hand to hear concerns and help with any issues residents may have with Veterans Affairs, FEMA, Social Security, the IRS, or any other federal agency.

Our office has visited Bastrop, Luling, Gonzales, and Matagorda so far, with stops still to come in Edna, Port Lavaca, and Woodsboro. See the schedule below to find a location. 

You are also welcome to call my office at (361) 884-2222 any time or come by our Corpus Christi or Victoria locations. We will be scheduling mobile office hours throughout the year, so please contact our office if you would like us to schedule a time in your community.

Corpus Christi: 101 N. Shoreline, Suite 300

Victoria: 111 N. Glass, Suite 102

Please call (361) 884-2222 if you have any questions.

Wednesday, Jan. 23


  • 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • 126 W. Main St. (City Hall)

Thursday, Jan. 24

Port Lavaca

  • 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • 202 N. Virginia (City Council Room)

Friday, Jan. 25


  • 3:00-4:00 p.m.
  • 508 Kasten Ave. (WISD Library)
  • Bring a state-issued ID (e.g. driver’s license)
Pushing to Pay the Coast Guard
The U.S. Coast Guard is the only military branch not receiving pay due to portions of the government being shut down, so I have cosponsored the Pay Our Coast Guard Parity Act to repair this situation.

This legislation would provide funding to the Coast Guard during the shutdown, ensuring that the men and women serving in (or retired from) the Coast Guard continue to receive their income and benefits. The bill would also provide back pay for work already done and cover civilian employees who have been furloughed.

Our Coast Guard service members put themselves at risk to protect our nation, and I will be working to get this bill passed and make sure they receive the pay they deserve.

Ending the Humanitarian Crisis on Our Border
In case you missed it, I spoke on the House Floor last week about how our federal government’s unwillingness to control our border has created a humanitarian crisis and funded the criminal activities of cartels.

Our border security debate should ask not just how this issue affects our own nation but also how our national policy affects those beyond our borders. Our lack of border security allows cartels to amass profits of tens of billions of dollars each year smuggling drugs and humans into our country, funding criminal activities that endanger migrants and make positive change so difficult in Mexico and developing nations throughout Central America.

Check out this article I wrote for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times expanding on our need to secure the border.

You can also see a video of the speech here:

Having trouble with the video? Try it on YouTube.