One-on-One Blog

Tackling the Rural Health Challenge

February 9, 2018
What if taking your child to see an asthma specialist meant missing work and an hours-long drive? What if the nearest oncologist was 100 miles away?  Physical proximity to quality healthcare is a blessing those of us living in or around big cities sometimes take for granted. But throw a dart at a map of Texas, and you’ll likely hit a spot where access to care is anything but a given. Nearly six in ten Texas physicians practice in just five of our state’s 254 counties. Sixty-four counties have no hospital, and 24 lack even a single primary care physician. 

Turning Defeats into Victories

January 5, 2018
Like millions of Americans, I will spend much of the next three days glued to the TV, watching some of the best professional and college football teams slug it out on the gridiron. But I’m pretty sure my favorite football moment of the season has already taken place – a highlight you don’t have to love football, or sports at all, to appreciate.

Keeping Texas Competitive

December 8, 2017
Earlier this week, I had the honor of testifying before the Texas House Select Committee on Economic Competitiveness, and I would like to share some of what I said with you there. Public universities play an absolutely critical role in our state’s continuing economic dynamism. Every Texan, whether or not they ever set foot on a university or community college campus, benefits from an educated citizenry and the innovations that flow from those institutions.

Voices of Veterans

November 10, 2017
Veterans Day is tomorrow, and if you have the time and inclination, I want to encourage you to visit Voices of Veterans, an oral history program designed and run by the Texas General Land Office. 

The First Amendment and the Flag

September 29, 2017
In light of recent events, I would like to once again share some thoughts on what I consider two essential pillars of our society – the First Amendment and the American flag. Like all who served in the military, I believe that First Amendment rights are the foundation of this great country. In fact, the military officer’s oath requires each man and woman to swear that they will “support and defend the constitution of the United States.” All Americans should have the right to protest their concerns.