Gratitude that Matches Sacrifice

Since 1868, Americans have dedicated the last Monday in the month of May as a day of remembrance for those men and women that have given their countrymen the Full Measure of Devotion in the defense of liberty. I am extremely proud to represent five counties in Southeast Texas. Compared to other communities throughout this great State, the families in Hardin, Jasper, Newton, Polk, and Tyler counties disproportionally lend their best and brightest to defend this nation.

On Memorial Day, politicians will participate in parades and pontificate about the honor and sacrifice of our military. And they should. From coast to coast, Americans will drape their porches and windows with Old Glory. And this is expected. Off from work, people will mark Memorial Day as the start of summer with cookouts and trips to the beach. And, this is their discretion. Yet, our nation needs to seriously match the sacrifice of our veterans with the sincere gratitude for their devotion and service.

Our nation has the resources to honor the commitment to our veterans in providing them the first-rate medical care they deserve. The recent scandal that has rocked the Veterans Administration’s medical system is another episode of dereliction by the government that ordered these heroes into harm’s way. This is not in the spirit of Memorial Day.

Over four centuries, our military has paid for our freedom with the blood of heroes. However, once again, a national government is engaged in a substantial reduction of our military forces. This action will only invite international tyrants to threaten freedom. This does not honor the sacrifice of our Fallen Heroes and this is not the spirit of a Memorial Day.

On this Memorial Day, let us begin anew with substance, not just frolic, pomp, and circumstance. Let us remember that our liberty derives from God and every generation a few stand in the gap between freedom and tyranny. And, of that few a select number will give the Ultimate Sacrifice. On this day, as a nation let us honor this sacrifice with commitment and deed.

Through you, may God continue to bless the United States and the great State of Texas

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Jasper driver license office renovated


March 18, 2014

Contact: Darrell Frost

(512) 463-0490

State Representative James White is pleased to announce thatthe driver license office in Jasper has been renovated to provide public access to the on-site restrooms. Secured doors wereinstalled next to the restrooms previously intended only for staff use so that guests could access them without having to enter therestricted area where office employees work. After hearing from constituents about the lack of public restrooms, Representative White contacted the Department of Public Safety and prompted them to address the problem.


DPS has recently responded to other concerns regarding insufficient staffing of driver license offices, and Representative White commends them for their improved customer service while remaining committed to resolving inadequacies where they exist. He is eager to hear constituents’ concerns and work to provide a resolution to them. Following is the contact information for his Woodville and Austin offices:



Physical:​1001 West Bluff

Mailing:​PO Box 395

​Woodville, TX 75979

Phone:​(409) 283-3700

Fax:​(409) 283-3702


Physical:​Texas Capitol, Room E2.508

Mailing:​PO Box 2910

​Austin, TX 78768

Phone:​(512) 463-0490

Fax:​(512) 463-9059


Representative White can also be reached by email at



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State Rep. James White Named To National Advisory Board
 Will Serve on Republican State Leadership Committee’s Future Majority Caucus Advisory Board


(Hillister, Texas) – Today the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) announced State Representative James White as a 2014 Future Majority Caucus (FMC) Advisory Board member. State Rep. White will join the FMC in its mission to proactively grow the Republican family.

The Future Majority Caucus is Co-Chaired by Governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico and Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada.

“I am honored to be chosen to join this impressive group of leaders who are leading the way in the critical task of growing the Republican party to reflect the nation’s changing demographics,” said State Rep. White. “The Future Majority Caucus provides key support to candidates, helping our Party recruit, train and elect more conservative diverse candidates across the country.  I thank the FMC for the opportunity to serve on the Advisory Board and look forward to working with my colleagues to elect more conservative Republicans this fall.”

“State Rep. James White is a great addition to our effort to build conservative Republican majorities across the nation by recruiting and supporting candidates that reflect the full diversity of our country. We thank him for his commitment to the Future Majority Caucus and we look forward to building upon our success from last cycle,” said RSLC President Matt Walter.

New board members of the Future Majority Caucus include:

Rep. Janak Joshi CO HD 16
Rep. Beth Fukumoto HI HD 36
Rep. Jackie Winters OR SD 32
Rep. Sharon Clahchischilliage NM HD 4
Rep. James White TX HD 19
Rep. Maria Rodriguez-Gregg NJ HD 8
Rep. Shanti Gandhi KS HD 52
Rep. Tony Hwang CT HD 134
Rep. BJ Pak GA HD 108
Rep. Libby Szabo CO HD 27
Rep. Clarice Navarro-Ratzlaff CO HD 47
Rep. Lauren Matsumoto HI HD 45

They join current members of the Future Majority Caucus including:

Rep. John Cabello, IL HD 68
Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, FL HD 116
Rep. Marilinda Garcia, NH HD 4
Sen. Art Linares, CT SD 33
Sen. Ernesto Lopez, DE SD 6
Rep. JM Lozano, TX HD 43

Rep. Jose Oliva, FL HD 110
Rep. Paul Pacheco, NM HD 23
Rep. Jason Villalba, TX HD 114
Rep. Monica Youngblood, NM HD 68
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State Rep. James White Endorses Jasper County Constituent for SBOE

David Bradley is a fellow Brother in Christ, small businessman, public servant, one of my Jasper County constituents, and a fellow common-sense, constitutional conservative.  I’m proud to endorse his re-election to the Texas State Board of Education.

As a member of the State Board of Education, David has fought alongside me for Southeast Texas conservative interests and values. While I have joint-authored legislation to prevent Common Core from invading our local classrooms, David has been a stalwart to make sure that our Texas public school curriculum is academically rigorous and respectful of the values that made our nation and state great.

For two sessions, I have fought for equal funding for our rural East Texas public schools in the Legislature, while David has used his business acumen to protect the Permanent School Fund (aka the Children’s Textbook Fund) — financial resources left to us by our forefathers to educate our future generations.

David and I have worked to push back against the Austin-D.C. bureaucracy and culture of testing and provided our local elected school boards the discretion to provide educational opportunities consistent with their community’s expectations, interests and values.

I look forward to working with David over the next few years in strengthening our local public school districts, supporting our teachers, returning value to our taxpayers, and fighting for our Southeast Texas conservative values.

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Representative White to Obama: “Approve the Keystone pipeline”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.                                 February 11, 2014

Contact: Darrell Frost                                                (512) 463-0490

Having been under review since 2008, it is high time for the Obama Administration to approve construction of the Keystone pipeline, which will provide good-paying middle-class jobs to hard-working Americans and boost our economy here in Southeast Texas. Secretary of State John Kerry recently remarked that he would not decide whether to recommend approval of the project until the State Department finished yet another study on its environmental impact. Since then, the study has been released, and it determined the proposed pipeline would have no significant impact on the environment or climate.

President Obama and his administration are out of excuses for continuing to delay a decision on the Keystone pipeline. Speaking on his intent to circumvent Congress if it is unwilling to provide the resources the country needs to create jobs and grow the economy, he threatened, “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone.” Accordingly, Representative White has the following to say to the President: “If you are truly concerned about the income gap, improving our national infrastructure, and creating good jobs, take out your pen and pick up the phone and let the country get to work building the Keystone pipeline.”



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Now is the time for you to make a difference in how history is recorded in the textbooks used in Texas classrooms! Please contact your board member if you are interested in being part of a textbook review; board members can nominate people to serve on a panel and they are given priority consideration.
We especially need help reviewing the history textbooks. Please spread the word; we need our grassroots citizens to read the content in our children’s textbooks!
The preferred place to start is with your own board member, but if you need help or have questions about your nomination, feel free to contact me at
Here is information about the nomination form:
The Texas Education Agency is now accepting nominations to the state review panels that will evaluate instructional materials for:
Social Studies, grades K-12 and Social Studies (Spanish), grades K-5
Mathematics, grades 9-12
Fine Arts, grades K-12
  1. To nominate yourself or someone else to serve on a state review panel, please complete the form posted at and submit it to the TEA on or before Friday, January 24, 2014.
A few details are listed here; there are more when you open the link:
State review panels are scheduled to convene in Austin for one week during the summer of 2014 to review instructional materials. The TEA will reserve hotel lodging and reimburse panel members for all travel expenses, as allowable by law.
Panel members will be asked to complete an initial review of instructional materials prior to the in-person review. This will be done online.
Because many of the samples will be delivered electronically, panel members should be comfortable reviewing materials on-screen rather than in print.   Nominations are due on or before Friday, January 24, 2014.
 If you have any questions, please contact

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Representative White recognized by Texas Association of Business

State Representative James White is proud to announce he has been recognized as a “Fighter for Free Enterprise” by the Texas Association of Business, one of the most prominent political advocacy groups in the state. TAB represents the interests of large corporations as well as small businesses, focusing on issues such as education, taxation and spending, and infrastructure.

During the last regular session, Rep. White supported legislation that discourages the practice of “teaching to the test” and provides more discretion to local school boards to determine which curriculum best prepares their students for a life of citizenship in a society that values liberty. Understanding that small business is the job creation engine for Southeast Texas, Rep. White also voted for over $700 million in tax cuts and helped make permanent the exemption from having to pay the franchise tax for businesses with revenues of $1 million or less. Furthermore, Rep. White approved funding for the development of our state’s water resources and upgrades to our transportation infrastructure without increasing taxes to ensure that Southeast Texans enjoy a high quality of life.

These reforms and creative initiatives will help equip students to succeed in our 21st century global economy, reduce obstacles to growth for small businesses and create more good-paying middle-class jobs, and ensure that Texas keeps pace with the demands of a growing population to remain one of the best places for business in the world.

“I am extremely honored to receive this award, and I am thankful for the great work the Texas Association of Business does for the people of this state,” said Rep. White. “As I look forward to the next session, I will continue to listen to the concerns of my constituents and consider legislation that will foster local control and responsibility of education, increase economic freedom and create good-paying middle-class jobs, and grow our local prosperity here in Southeast Texas.”

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Merry Christmas Southeast Texas!!!

“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6 NKJV)

I am honored to serve Hardin, Jasper, Polk, Newton, and Tyler counties in the Texas Legislature and it is a blessing to have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas. On this Day we celebrate the birth of Christ. We are reminded that the most precious gift our Creator gave mankind embodied hope, humility, joy, justice, liberation, and redemption.

Christmas is not fable, fiction, or mythology, it is the real deal. God loves His people, beings created in His image, so much He sent His own Son to Earth to redeem mankind. Jesus came to us just as we came to this world. He lived among us to provide us everlasting Love.

Of course, the Spirit of Christmas should live vibrantly in our hearts daily. But on this day, let us remember the real reason for this festive season. Remember our troops in prayer. They insure that we are able to celebrate today in peace and prosperity. Most important, understand that the greatness of our nation lies not in the strength of arms, or the robustness of the economy. A nation that is subordinate to God, will find itself exalted among all nations.

Merry Christmas

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Never Never, Never Forget

On this day, in 1941, the naval and air forces of the Imperial Japan conducted an unprovoked surprise morning attack on the U.S. military forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. This Japanese attack devastated our Pacific military presence. All eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged, with four being sunk. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship. The attack destroyed 188 U.S. aircraft. In defense of their country, 2,402 Americans gave the ultimate sacrifice and 1,282 wounded.

Before a joint session of Congress on the following day, President Franklin Roosevelt described December 7, 1941, as “a date which will live in infamy”. However, in the years following until August 1945, there were days and weeks of heroism and sacrifice that resulted in the unconditional surrender of not only the Imperial Japan, but Nazi Germany as well.

Today, on the 72nd anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack we are reminded of a few very important points. Our way of life is daily protected by the daily sacrifice of our military and their families. Freedom is the natural order for mankind, but it requires eternal vigilance. This attack occurred while U.S. diplomats were deliberating with representatives from Japan. We know that God has His favor on peacemakers, but only power secures true peace and when power and might is in the hands of those that love liberty, peace prevails. And, any concessions with tyrants only delay the ultimate course of action: the eventual confrontation and defeat of the enemies of freedom and peace.

Most important, this date reminds us that our nation’s safety is a result of God’s grace. The Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor left our entire Pacific seaboard, our homeland, exposed to attack by foreign troops. Only God’s hand prevented this from happening. Let us never, never, never forget the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and that we must remain “one nation under God.”


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Schools and students assured freedom to celebrate Christmas

This holiday season, a new state law is in effect clarifying that public school administrators, teachers, students, and parents are free to celebrate Christmas and other traditional winter holidays without having to worry about being the target of a frivolous lawsuit. In recent years, some schools have replaced their Christmas tree with a “holiday tree” and banned the practice of wishing others a merry Christmas in an effort to avoid offending those who do not celebrate this holiday and might otherwise bring a lawsuit against the school for promoting a certain religion.

“These actions are not only ridiculous to common sense but also contrary to our First Amendment rights,” said Rep. White. “This law formalizes established Supreme Court precedent regarding the First Amendment and affirms its protections for free speech and religious expression. I am proud to have helped pass it because it provides Southeast Texans the assurance that they can celebrate Christmas and other cherished holidays at school as they would anywhere else.”

Specifically, the law provides that:

• A school district may educate students about the history of traditional winter celebrations, and allow students and district staff to offer traditional greetings regarding the celebrations, including “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Hanukkah,” and “happy holidays.”

• A school district may display on school property scenes or symbols associated with traditional winter celebrations, including a menorah or a Christmas image such as a nativity scene or Christmas tree, if the display includes a scene or symbol of more than one religion, or one religion and at least one secular scene or symbol.

• A display relating to a traditional winter celebration may not include a message that encourages adherence to a particular religious belief.

More information about this law may be found at Representative White is looking forward to joining other Southeast Texans in celebrating this holiday season and would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

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