Texas’ chief financial officer wants to convince voters to give him another four years in power.
On Tuesday, State Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he is seeking re-election to the important office. The comptroller, according to the state government website, is “the chief steward of the state’s finances, acting as tax collector, chief accountant, chief revenue estimator and chief treasurer for all of state government, in addition to administering a number of other programs.”
Hegar described some of his recent actions in the position, saying he “helped conservative lawmakers continue to keep Texas business friendly” by “cutting the Franchise Tax burden on job creators” and “pushing for new ways to invest our state’s multi-billion dollar rainy-day fund.”
“During the recent legislative session, I worked with legislators to make critical reforms to our state employee pension plan so that Texas avoids the fate of states like Illinois which is drowning under the burden of unfunded pension liabilities,” Hegar wrote in a Tuesday press release.
Interestingly, Hegar also took credit for playing a part in passing new state laws to protect children, self-defense rights, and the power grid.
“February’s winter storm was a black eye for our state, but we took critical steps to protect our state’s power grid while maintaining our long-term energy independence, while also fighting to protect both life and liberty by passing the Texas Heartbeat Act and Constitutional Carry,” he wrote.
Before first being elected comptroller in 2014, Hegar was a state representative in the early 2000s, then a state senator from 2006 to 2014.
As a senator, Hegar earned a career “F” voting record on the Fiscal Responsibility Index.
Currently, no other candidates have entered the race for the position. The primary election is scheduled for March 2022 but will likely be delayed due to redistricting efforts in the fall.