Mary Ann Perez, member of the Texas House of Representatives
Texpatriate: What is your name?
MP: Mary Ann Perez
T: How long have you held this post? What number term are you seeking?
MP: Since 2012 – 2 years. I am currently seeking my second term.
T: Please list all the elected or appointed POLITICAL offices you have previously held, and for what years you held them.
MP: HCC Board Chair – 2009 to 2012
State Representative of District 144 – 2012 to current
T: What is your political party?
T: Please describe a bill that you have introduced, which has later become law. What did it accomplish, what were its purposes? If no such bill exists, please do the same for an amendment.
MP: I authored HB 2712 which relates to energy storage and can be utilized to alleviate air pollution by reducing emission excursions within the petrochemical industry. Today, electrical power grids distribute electricity throughout the refineries. During peak usage, refineries experience electrical frequency fluctuations and at times total black-out periods, which in turn cause the facilities to release emissions. Storing electricity during non-peak times will allow the grid sufficient energy to distribute during peak times with less frequency fluctuations to reduce emission excursions. Energy storage is a relatively new technology and is rapidly expanding in other areas of the country. I strongly believe this bill will serve as a great benefit to our district and the well-being of the individuals of southeast Harris County. Governor Perry signed HB 2712 into law, effective January 1, 2014.
T: Why you, as opposed to your opponents?
MP: I hope my first term in the Texas Legislature has earned me the support of the voters of District 144. As a freshman I was able to pass legislation and used key committees assignments to improve the economy of East Harris County.
T: What role do you think a Texas Representative should have?
MP: The Texas House of Representatives is the people’s voice in state government. We represent the smallest district and are elected every two years — we’re the closest to the voters and it’s up to us to voice the concerns of our constituents.
T: Would you support the continued speakership of Joe Straus? Would you support Rep. Scott Turner’s candidacy?
MP: Given the choice between Speaker Straus and Tea Partier Turner, I would vote for Straus.
T: What are the three most important issues to you, and what is at least one thing you have done to address each of them?
MP: 1.Public education – voted to increase funding to public schools
2. Workforce training – working with local industry and education leader to match skill-training with available jobs.
3. Affordable healthcare – voted for and continue to fight to take advantage of federal funding for the expansion of Medicaid.