State Rep. Matt Schaefer on Monday launched his re-election campaign to represent District 6 for a fourth term.
“There’s more work to do,” Schaefer said during a campaign announcement Monday evening at the Holiday Inn on South Broadway Avenue. “I think with the experience that I’ve gained, and some of the legislative successes that we’ve had, it has really kept the fire alive."
"I want to continue to fight for the conservative values the people in this district represent.”
Schaefer said some of the legislative accomplishments he is most proud of include authoring part of the sanctuary cities bill that became law, writing a reform to the way abortions are reported and regulated in Texas abortion clinics and helping put in place a law that allows local school districts to have more flexibility to hire career and technology teachers.
In the most recent legislative session the Texas Freedom Caucus, chaired by Schaefer, killed dozens of bills on the night of a crucial house deadline in May in response to what Schaefer called legislative bullying.
“Throughout this session, a significant bloc of conservative members - and not just the Freedom Caucus, but others as well - have had their consent bills stymied by the leadership,” Schaefer said at the time, saying that had to stop.
On Monday, leaders of the political action committees for Grassroots America, Texas Right to Life, Texas Eagle Forum, Empower Texans, Texas Home School Coalition, Gun Owners of America and Texans for Vaccine Choice were present for Schaefer's re-election announcement.
Several elected officials, former officials and current candidates attended the event to express their support for Schaefer.
“There is not a harder working member in the Texas House than Matt Schaefer,” said former State Sen. Kevin Eltife. “We didn’t agree on every issue, and to me that’s a good thing. If you agree on every issue with every person someone is not telling the truth.”
Schaefer first took office on Jan. 1, 2013, after unseating a then longtime incumbent, Rep. Leo Berman, in the Republican primary.
Since then, Schaefer said he’s gained a deeper understanding of what it takes to be successful at the job.
“I’ve learned how big Texas government is and that it’s really much more extensive than I realized when I first ran for office,” he said. “That means that good representation and being really active in holding Austin accountable is that much more important.”
Schaefer will face at least one opponent in the March 2018 Republican primary. Former state Rep. Ted Kamel, who served the District 6 seat for four terms until being unseated by Berman in 1998, announced in October that he's running for the seat, saying the district needs better leadership in Austin.