Senator Larry Taylor

Senate District 11

Before his election to the Texas Senate in 2012, Senator Larry Taylor served five terms in the Texas House of Representatives. Currently, Senator Taylor serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education and as a member of the Senate Finance, Business and Commerce and Higher Education Committees. In 2015, Lieutenant Governor Patrick appointed Senator Taylor to the Legislative Budget Board, a permanent joint committee responsible for developing budget and policy recommendations for legislative appropriations. In the 85th Legislative Session, Senator Taylor introduced a bill to provide tax relief for public charter schools leasing their facilities and separately, a bill to address the disposition of property. Most notably, Chairman Taylor introduced SB 2 during the Special Session which included a provision of $60 million for charter school facilities funding. This funding was included in the final passage of HB 21 in August 2017 and takes effect in the 2018-19 school year.

Representative Jim Murphy

Texas State Representative District 133

State Representative Jim Murphy serves in the Texas House, representing District 133 in West Houston and is currently in his fifth term. Murphy is the Chairman of the House Committee on Special Purpose Districts and a member of the Ways & Means Committee. He also serves as the Floor Leader of the House Republican Caucus and on the Board of the Texas Conservative Coalition (TCC). He is also the Co-Chair for the TCC’s task force on Budget and Revenue. Prior to his service in the Legislature, Murphy began his professional career as a teacher in the City of Houston. Representative Murphy has been a strong advocate for students attending public charter schools and during the 85th Legislative Session, he introduced legislation in the House to provide tax relief to charter schools leasing facilities for their campuses. Representative Murphy introduced HB 467 in the Texas House to expand the capacity of the Permanent School Fund Bond Guarantee Program by $3 Billion for public charter schools. This bill was successfully passed and will help public charter schools grow and expand to meet the demand of Texas families.