October 29, 2013
Since the legislature last redrew district lines, my Texas Senate district (SD 14) has covered about 75% of Travis County and 100% of Bastrop County. SD 14 has about 830,000 people in it total.
This is the first time in my public service that I’ve represented any part of Bastrop County.
And I love it.
I love the people, the barbecue, the scenic motorcycle rides, the great towns like Bastrop, Elgin and Smithville, the pine trees … I’ve always said Austin is a special place. Areas like Bastrop County are part of what makes our region special.
I spent last weekend out in Bastrop for a couple of events – one that was quite solemn, and another that was nothing but pure fun. As different as they were, they reminded me of how lucky I am to represent this part of Texas.
On Friday, a bunch of us came out for a ceremony renaming a bridge in downtown Bastrop after Chief Petty Officer Stephen “Matt” Mills.
Chief Petty Officer Mills was killed in combat while serving in Afghanistan in August 2011. He’s survived by a beautiful family – including his 3 children, wife, parents, and siblings.
He’s a hero who deeply touched this community and made everyone proud. And Friday’s ceremony was the community’s chance to celebrate him. The crowd included family and friends from out-of-town, elected officials, city staff, other veterans … even a 3rd grade class.
I was proud to work during the recent legislative session with State Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt to pass the bill renaming the Loop 150 Bridge after Chief Petty Officer Mills. I also was proud to take part in Friday’s bridge dedication ceremony.
And I’m very proud to have had this chance to honor a humble American hero. The bridge will stand as a tribute to Chief Petty Officer Mills and a testament to his service and sacrifice. I can’t think of a better place for it than in Bastrop.
The next day was very different celebration.
On Saturday, Liz and I headed to Elgin for the 26th annual Hogeye Festival. It’s a celebration of pork, pork dishes, and pork puns. Of course, that’s what you’d expect in the “Sausage Capital of Texas” – Warm Hearts and Hot Guts. Naturally, we rode out there on my Hog.
This is my third year at the Hogeye Festival. Like every year before, it was full of live music, food, and family.
My favorite part, as always, was the coronation of the King Hog or Queen Sowpreme, recognizing their work as hambassadors for Elgin all year round.
And the singing Sowpremes never fail to put on a great show. This year featured such hits as P-O-R-K in the U.S.A.
A local pignitary- I mean, dignitary even made an appearance.
“Did you see the guy that just rode past? I’m pretty sure that was State Pignator Pork Watson.”
See how much I love Bastrop County?