Jeff Leach (politician)

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This article is about the Texas State Representative. For the actor and comedian, see Jeff Leach.
Jeff Leach
State Representative
Texas State Representative from District 67
Incumbent
Assumed office
2013
Preceded by Jerry A. Madden
Personal details
Born (1982-06-10) June 10, 1982 (age 32)
Plano, Texas
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Becky Leach
Children 2
Residence Allen, Texas
Alma mater Baylor University (BS)
SMU Dedman School of Law (JD)
Occupation Politician, Attorney
Religion Christian
Website www.jeffleach.com

Jeff Leach (born June 10, 1982) is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives for District 67. The district includes portions of Plano, Allen, Richardson and Dallas in Collin County.[1][2]

About[edit]

Born and raised in Plano, Leach graduated from Plano Senior High School and went to Baylor University, where he was elected to serve two terms as student body president. During his time at Baylor he served President Bush in the White House Office of Political Affairs and at the Republican National Committee where he worked to elect Republicans across the country. Following graduation from Baylor, Leach earned his law degree from SMU Dedman School of Law in Dallas and currently practices with the Texas law firm, Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C., where he specializes in general civil and commercial litigation, real estate and construction law.

Jeff and his wife Becky have two children and are lifelong members of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, where they have served for several years in the Young Families Ministry.

2012 campaign[edit]

Leach ran in the 2012 election [1] for Texas House of Representatives [2], District 67. After the May 29, 2012 Republican primary, Leach advanced to the June 31, 2012 Republican primary runoff where he defeated Jon Cole. Leach then ran unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.

83rd Legislative Session[edit]

During the 83rd Legislative Session, Leach authored and passed a provision limiting the expansion of the Texas Medicaid Program under the Affordable Care Act. Additionally, he authored and passed legislation providing tax relief for small businesses subject to the franchise tax, and passed legislation providing tougher penalties for sexual offenders.[3]

Unashamedly and passionately pro-life, Leach believes that one of the fundamental roles of government should be to protect innocent life, which is why he took part in co-authoring House Bill 2 – monumental pro-life legislation that will protect women’s health and save countless lives by banning the practice of abortion after 20 weeks gestation.[4]

An advocate of the 2nd Amendment, Leach authored the Texas Gun Ownership Reinforcement Act, which establishes Texas Independence Day (March 2) as a tax-free holiday,[5] exempting individuals’ purchase of firearms and hunting supplies in the State of Texas from sales taxes.

Leach was elected by his colleagues to serve on the Policy Committee of the Texas House Republican Caucus, which meets regularly during the legislative session to discuss and analyze legislation and to make official policy recommendations to the members of the House Republican Caucus.

Committee assignments[edit]

  • House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence[6]
  • House Committee on Urban Affairs[7]
  • House Committee on Rules & Resolutions[8]

Bills authored, joint-authored, and co-authored[edit]

Honors and recognitions[edit]

  • “Free Enterprise Champion” by the Texas Association of Business[12]
  • “Courageous Conservative” by the Texas Conservative Coalition[13]
  • “Best of Dallas-area's Freshman Class" by Dallas Morning News[14]
  • “Top Rated Conservative in the Texas House” by Texas Eagle Forum[15]
  • “Taxpayer Champion” by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility
  • “Best Freshmen Legislator” by Capitol Inside

2014 campaign[edit]

Running for re-election to the Texas House of Representatives, Leach is unopposed in the Republican Primary in March 2014.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Texas House of Representatives : Representative Jeff Leach". House.state.tx.us. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  2. ^ "State Rep. Jeff Leach - District 67". texastribune.org. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  3. ^ "State Representative Jeff Leach Authors Legislation to Crack Down on Sexual Offenders". House.state.tx.us. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  4. ^ "House Bill 2". capitol.state.tx.us. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  5. ^ "Plano Lawmaker Wants Tax Free Holiday for Gun Buyers". dfw.cbslocal.com. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  6. ^ "Criminal Jurisprudence Committee". house.state.tx.us. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  7. ^ "Urban Affairs Committee". house.state.tx.us. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  8. ^ "Rules & Resolutions Committee". house.state.tx.us. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  9. ^ "Texas Legislature: Bills Authored/Joint Authored". legis.state.tx.us. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  10. ^ "Texas Legislature: Bills Co-Authored". legis.state.tx.us. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  11. ^ "Texas Legislature: Bills Co-Sponsored". legis.state.tx.us. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  12. ^ "Texas Association of Business". txbiz.org. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  13. ^ "Courageous Conservatives-83rd Legislature". txcc.org. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  14. ^ "Best of Dallas-area's Freshman Class". dallasnews.com. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  15. ^ "Legislative Scorecards". texaseagle.org. Retrieved 2014-01-06.