Texas Senate District 31 embodies the spirit of Texas: hard-working, industrious, friendly, conservative, and very big. It spans 37 counties in the Panhandle, Permian Basin, and South Plains. It includes rapidly-growing cities like Midland and small towns like Memphis—not to mention farms, ranches, small businesses and major corporations. It takes a special kind of state senator to represent a district as vast and diverse as District 31. Conservative Kel Seliger is that senator.
Since he was first elected to represent District 31, Kel has worked hard to deliver the essentials for the people of his district—good public education, effective but not intrusive government, adequate water supplies, and well-paying jobs. He has been recognized repeatedly for his conservative principles and dedication to education, small government, and local control – so that we, not Austin, can make the decisions that affect us the most.
As Chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee and the senior Republican member on the Senate Education Committee, Kel is one of Texas’ top education leaders. He authored legislation to reform state-mandated testing and he created Individual Graduation Committees – so students who are held back only by a test can graduate from high school and lead productive lives in our communities. These graduation committees have helped hundreds of students enter college and the workforce. In recognition of these efforts, he was named to the Texas Parent Teacher Association Legislative Honor Roll, and received the “Leader in Education Award” from Humanities Texas.
Kel has been named a “Fighter for Free Enterprise” by the Texas Association of Business four times for his steadfast support of policies that encourage and promote a competitive business climate in Texas. Seliger also serves on the Senate Finance Committee, where he has helped balance the state budget every time without a single tax increase, and on the Natural Resources and Economic Development Committee, where he fights to secure our water supply.
Recently, Kel passed Senate Bill 654 to improve access to health care in rural and medically underserved parts of Texas.
Kel Seliger is a business leader and entrepreneur whose structural steel company provided materials for projects including the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Southwestern Service Power Plants, and the Department of Energy. Kel and his wife, Nancy, have two sons, Jonathan and Matthew.
In his time representing us in the Texas Senate, Seliger has compiled an impressive record of authoring conservative bills, voting for conservative initiatives, and receiving numerous conservative awards.
“I work for the working Texans of the Permian Basin and Panhandle to bring proven conservative results. It will be that way as long as I’m in the Senate.”