Texas’s Permian Basin/Panhandle State Senator, Kel Seliger, today announced he will seek re-election to the Texas Senate (District 31) after a successful session in the Texas Legislature. Senate District 31 spans 37 counties in the Permian Basin and Panhandle, including the cities of Amarillo, Midland, Odessa, and Big Spring. It is one of the biggest and most conservative districts in Texas.
Since he was first elected, Senator Seliger has been recognized for his conservative principles, and his dedication to education, small government, and local control.
“Conservative policies brought our region back to be Texas’s top economic engine,” said Seliger. “Texas led the nation out of the recession and has now led America to energy independence. Other states attack the energy industry, but Texans work together.”
“Local control is extremely important. Folks closest to a problem are usually the best at solving it,” said Seliger. “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.”
Senator Seliger was named a Fighter for Free Enterprise four times by the Texas Association of Business for promoting a healthy Texas business climate. He is “A Rated” by the NRA and has consistently been endorsed by Texas Alliance for Life. Seliger received the Texas Municipal League’s Legislator of the Year Award, Texas Conservative Coalition’s Conservative Champion Award, Texas Wildlife Association’s Conservation Hero Award, and the Conservative Roundtable of Texas’s Effective Conservative Lawmaker award.
Seliger keeps a watchful eye on key Panhandle and Permian Basin concerns. He consistently champions agriculture and energy issues, including a recent bill to prohibit drones from flying over concentrated animal feeding operations, and oil and gas facilities.
As Chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee and the senior Republican member on the Senate Education Committee, Seliger is one of Texas’s top education leaders. Notably, he authored the original legislation to eliminate the TAKS test and the bill to provide the option of Individual Graduation Committees for students who pass all of their courses, but fail to pass all of their state-mandated tests. As 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.
Seliger also serves on the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Economic Development. He is a long-time member of the NRA and the Texas Farm Bureau. Kel and his wife, Nancy, have two sons, Jonathan and Matthew.