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State Rep. Erin Zwiener announced that she filed to run for re-election. She represents Hays County. Photo submitted by Erin for Y’all

Rep. Zwiener files to run for re-election

Sunday, November 24, 2019

State Rep. Erin Zwiener announced that she filed to run for re-election this week. Zwiener, who represents Blanco and Hays counties in House District 45, is serving her first term in the House of Representatives.

“It’s my greatest honor and privilege to represent Hays and Blanco Counties in the Texas House,” Rep. Zwiener said in statement. “Together, we’ve secured more school funding, fought for affordable health care, passed legislation to protect our aquifers and our night sky, and stood up to a company that wants to build a pipeline across our beautiful Hill Country. But, the fight for a better Texas continues.”

During her first session, the 86th Legislative Session, Zwiener passed the Hill Country Night Sky Tourism Law (HB 4158), allowing small cities like Dripping Springs and Blanco to use their local Hotel Occupancy Tax revenue to preserve their dark skies, according to a press release. Additionally, she passed the Buda Aquifer Storage and Recovery Law (SB 483), “which will allow the City of Buda to store excess surface water underground and rely less on Edwards Aquifer water in times of drought.”

Zwiener was able to partner with Rep. Donna Howard to amend the budget and require the State Auditor’s office to review sexual assault investigation and prosecution practices.

In 2018, Zwiener flipped her seat by running as a progressive who focused on addressing the issues that affect Texans’ everyday lives, stated a press release. Zwiener was the first legislator to nurse an infant on the house floor, according to a press release.

“I am proud of the work we did during the 86th Legislature,” said Rep. Zwiener, in a statement. “Not only did my office pass bills that improved people’s quality of life, but we also started important conversations about rock quarries, natural gas pipelines, and helping communities grow responsibly I’m eager to continue working hard for the people of Texas and to tackle critical issues like health care, planning for climate change, and ensuring every Texan has access to the ballot box when I return to the Capitol in 2021.”

Zwiener will face the winner of the March 3 Republican primary election, in which Carrie Isaac, Bud Wymore and Austin Talley are slated to run.

More information about Zwiener’s Legislative Session can be found in a previous story by the Daily Record:

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