State Representative Shawn Thierry Announces Filing for Re-Election
for Second Term in the Texas House of Representatives
For Immediate Release:
(HOUSTON, TX) – On Tuesday evening, December 5, 2017, State Representative Shawn Thierry filed for re-election to the Texas House of Representatives.
“It is my privilege and purpose to serve as a member of the Texas Legislature, and I’m happy to announce my bid for a second term as State Representative for District 146. I was born and raised in District 146, so it is an area that I know very well and love. I’ve also spent over 20 years as a lawyer fighting for the legal rights of victims. Now as a lawmaker in Austin, I take pride in advocating for the best interests of my constituents,” said Rep. Thierry.
Upon conclusion of the 85th Legislature, Representative Thierry emerged as a formidable Member of the House by passing a record number of bills during her first term, along with holding a solid voting record on a myriad of issues ranging from healthcare, protections for seniors, veterans’ rights, and public education. Going further, Rep. Thierry successfully petitioned to Governor Abbott to include the issue of maternal mortality to the Special Session call and gained national recognition for her work to prevent future pregnancy-related deaths of Texas women. She is a joint author of the maternal mortality legislation that was signed into law this year.
“After a strenuous, yet successful session, I returned back home last August with my ‘boots on the ground’ approach to constituent services. Post Hurricane Harvey, my District office served as a command center for information, clothing donations, household goods, and other emergency supplies. We sponsored food and water drives, and hosted one of the largest town halls to assist survivors with information on DSNAP assistance, and FEMA funding sources, including home elevation grant programs.”
Rep. Shawn Thierry serves as Vice Chair Of the Harris County Delegation, which comprises a bi-partisan membership of State Representatives throughout Harris County, Texas. She sits on the House Committees for County Affairs and Juvenile Justice & Family Issues and was named “Freshman of The Year” by the Texas Legislative Black Caucus.
“I am proud of the strength of both my residential and business constituents. We are hard-working people who care about safe neighborhoods, quality education, supporting small businesses and much more. With the support of the voters next March, we will continue increasing economic development for our communities, protecting our seniors and families, and will work together to implement solid plans to rebuild from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.”
“Over the past few days, the Greater Houston area received a disastrous amount of rain that caused extreme severe flooding. As the rain begins to cease and the water recedes, I pray for those directly impacted. As with previous disasters and floods, we will get through this as we have always done.
“Recently, there has been much information and misinformation regarding hurricane flood insurance. HB 1774 relates to the handling of legal actions for certain insurance claims, including those arising from damage to or loss of property due to hailstorms and other forces of nature. The legislation does not change how you file a claim or how your insurer will process your claim. The legislation does not prohibit you from filing your claim after September 1st.This bill does not apply to claims with the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association or the National Flood Insurance Program.
“HB 1774 requires policyholders to provide notice before filing a lawsuit as well as makes changes to the requirements for inspections related to a lawsuit, recovering attorney’s fees, and statutory penalty interest. HB 1774 does reduce the penalty interest of the insurance company form 18% to 10% if the insurance company fails to pay you in a timely manner. If you file your claim on or after September 1, your claim will be subject to the provisions of HB 1774.
For help with insurance questions and recovery resources, visit Texas Department of Insurance’s Help After Harvey website or call my office at 512-463-0113 or 713-520-1670.”
Senator Borris Miles is a successful businessman, owning one of the largest African American owned insurance agencies in Texas. He was elected to the Texas Senate in 2016 after serving four terms in the Texas House of Representatives. He represents Senate District 13, which encompasses much of the greater Houston area in Harris County and portions in Fort Bend County.