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Learn about Pete Flores' values and plans for State Senate District 24


Pete Flores believes that life begins at conception, that every life is precious, and a gift from God that we have a duty to protect the unborn.
The family is the foundation of our society. All of us wish for the sanctuary of a safe and loving environment to live, learn and thrive. A traditional family has generally been a mom and dad who love, shelter and teach their children. The family generally cares for their elderly and sick and shows them the dignity and respect they deserve. We will fight for the family and the rights of parents to raise good citizens and good moms and dads. The people of the State of Texas defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman. This was done by vote under the state’s authority under the 10th Amendment. This vote by the people of Texas was overruled by the Supreme Court under the argument that Texas Law was counter to the 14th Amendment. While I disagree with the Supreme Court on this issue and stand with the people of the State of Texas under our right under the 10th Amendment, we must abide by the rule of law and this issue will come up again. Meanwhile we will steadfastly support the Texas family and keep our foundations strong. Texas is one State under God. Texas was founded under that premise, exists as such and it is our policy that it will remain so.
As a Texan, citizen, sportsman and Peace Officer, I am a strong proponent of the people’s right to bear arms, as guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution. I will oppose any effort to undermine a citizen’s lawful possession of firearms in this state. Pete Flores will oppose any legislation that infringes upon one’s Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, and he will support measures to further guarantee the right to defend yourself, your family and your property.
We are free because of the people who have stepped up to keep us free. Our military veterans must be honored and our commitment to them met. As the son of a father who spent his career in the Air Force and a mom who followed him around the world, I personally understand the sacrifice they and others who served made to keep us free. I will be an advocate for our veterans in the senate. They kept their word to us and we shall keep ours to them. I will strongly support the men and women who serve us as peace officers, firefighters and first responders. You place yourself in harm’s way on our behalf, I will advocate on your behalf in the senate.
Our quality of life includes having clean water, wild places and wild things. Our state’s wildlife resources and its land, waters and woods are among the best in the United States. Our State Parks in District 19 attract visitors from around the world and contribute millions to the economy and community. It should be noted that Texas is 97% privately owned and that our landowners are the primary stewards of our state’s wildlife; we should never take them for granted. The North American Wildlife Model is the best in the world, and the result of it is all around you – quality wildlife diversity that supports a multi-billion dollar economy to Texas. As a person who has devoted a career to conservation, I will work to protect our state’s natural resources and work to keep Texas the envy of the nation.
Pete Flores opposes including books in public school libraries that promote a particular political ideology or include explicit sexual content. Pete Flores believes parents have the right to know what goes on in public school classrooms and to determine what their children are taught, and Flores believes local school boards should respect that parents know what is best for their children. Pete Flores opposes including books in public school libraries that promote a particular political ideology or include explicit sexual content. Critical Race Theory tries to define and judge people by group and uses skin color, gender and economic status. Pete Flores and will fight to the use of Critical Race Theory in our schools and communities. Critical Race Theory tries to define and judge people by group and uses skin color, gender and economic status. Pete Flores believes this is prejudice and divisive, and will fight to stop the use of Critical Race Theory in our schools and communities.
Pete Flores has been helping secure the border from his days as head of the Texas game warden division, where cadets were trained to hold an illegal alien. Flores has shown his dedication to securing our border by voting for $1 billion for manpower and needed equipment. Pete Flores believes in the American Dream and that those immigrating to the United States need to follow the rules and come here legally.
The federal government continues to overstep in our lives with the IRS monitoring transactions in your personal bank account and parents being labeled domestic terrorists by the Justice Department for simply voicing concerns about their kids' education. Pete Flores will fight this unprecedented federal overreach.
As state senator, Pete Flores will work to oppose the federal overreach being forced on us by Joe Biden and extreme, liberal Democrats in Washington. Pete Flores is committed to the cause of limited government, individual liberty, and free enterprise As state senator, Pete Flores will work to oppose the federal overreach being forced on us by Joe Biden and extreme, liberal Democrats in Washington. Pete Flores will stand up for Texans and oppose the Biden administration. P Pete Flores supports reforming our laws to protect and improve the integrity of the election process ​​Pete Flores believes the Tenth Amendment is intended to prevent federal government encroachment of our individual liberties and preserve much of the authority to the states. Pete Flores is committed to the cause of limited government, individual liberty, and free enterprise. Pete Flores opposes government mandates regarding COVID, and will stand up to attempts that would require students to get vaccinated and wear masks. Pete Flores will fight against any government mandate that would force employers to make their employees get the COVID vaccination.
Pete Flores supports reforming our laws to protect and improve the integrity of the election process.
Pete Flores believes the government should not be allowed to compete with business, and as State Senator he will continue to work to foster an economic environment that keeps regulation and taxes at a minimum, and allow the free market to work.
Pete Flores will defend religious liberty and the right to practice our faith without government interference.
Landowner rights, such as ownership of groundwater are established in Texas and should be preserved. The use of eminent domain must only be used by a government entity only when it has been demonstrated that the Interest of the community is clearly the issue. Use by a non-governmental entity should be forbidden. A community must have input and approval before eminent domain is authorized and the property in question shall be paid by the government entity at no less than current fair market value. Should the property end up not being used for the purpose intended by the condemnation, then the property owner should have the option to buy it back at the price paid, with all interests restored.
As a former law enforcement officer, Pete Flores knows the importance of opposing efforts to defund our police, and he will continue to support law enforcement officers with the equipment and training they need.
I am a strong believer that our government should be run according to the Constitution of the United States and of the Great State of Texas. We should not stand by at any time and allow anyone to impose any law or regulation that is not constitutionally valid. As a Texas Peace Officer for 27 years, I took an oath to defend and protect the Constitution and I have and will continue to do exactly that as your Senator.
Texas is a world leader in the production of oil and gas. Our Landowners, producers, consumers and the economy all benefit tremendously from this critical industry. It is our position to work diligently to see that Texas is an energy industry friendly state through incentives, sound policy and regulation that works with the energy industry stakeholders and not against them. In the vast areas of the district that have an abundance of sunlight and wind but little fossil resources, we commit to promoting solar and wind power generation in the district. The combination of oil, gas, solar and wind power will continue to provide jobs, positive economic impact and contribute to the energy independence of America.
I am a supporter of a conservative fiscal policy in the state budget. Our priorities must be funding what we need, before what we would like. State funds once allocated should be to provide the best services and fees should only be collected and used for the purpose they were intended. Texas roads should be the best roads; our communities and our economy depend on it. I will work diligently to keep our state’s transportation infrastructure sound. The state’s rainy day fund should be maintained and our budget balanced. Our state’s economic growth and development is critical to us all, and there should be no self-imposed barriers to that end. It is important that businesses be created and imported to Texas. Business makes jobs, jobs drive the economy and our citizens prosper. Taxation that hinders robust establishment and growth of business such as the franchise and inventory tax should be eliminated. Oversight of the County Tax Appraisal Districts by the State Comptroller should be increased to provide an improved check and balance to those entities that levy property taxes upon us all. I will fight to freeze all property taxes for people 65 years of age or older. The Texas Budget is 209.4 billion dollars and a rainy day fund of 11 billion. It is our policy that we will work diligently to preserve a balanced budget, spend conservatively and maintain a rainy day fund to keep our Texas financially free. We will work to insure that we cover the “what we need“ before “what we want”. The legislature’s primary responsibility in the session is to write a budget for the state, appropriate wisely and see that the funds were used properly for the intended purposes.
It is policy to work with the stakeholders of the community to continually improve the economy of District 19. A robust, diversified economy that does not depend on one source of revenue is very important. We will work to lessen the tax burden on small businesses and entrepreneurs to encourage investment and job creation. We will work with our communities and governmental entities to provide incentives for large businesses to locate here and grow and prosper with us as partners. Our economy is our collective financial lifeblood and we are all in it together, we will not hinder progress with excessive regulation or excessive taxation. Pete Flores will work with our state leaders to enact policies that keep our economy strong, create jobs, and respect our conservative values.
Pete Flores passed a health care bill that improves access to medication for children and he will work to lower the cost of prescription drugs.