Michelle Beckley

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Michelle Beckley
Alma materBSc Biomedical Science, Texas A&M University
OccupationDemocratic member of the Texas House of Representatives
Home townDenton County, Texas

Representative Michelle Beckley[1] is an American small-business owner from Carrollton, Texas, who is the Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 65 in suburban southeastern Denton County. She was elected to serve on 8 November 2018. The 65th district includes the major parts of Carrollton, Lewisville and nearby areas of Denton County.

Representative Beckley defeated Ron Simmons, the author of HB 2899, the so-called “Bathroom Bill”,[2] a bill that business leaders across Texas said was unnecessary and divisive. Beckley won 51.1% to 48.9%,[3] despite being outspent nearly six to one. Beckley gained the endorsement of organized labor (AFL-CIO), environmentalist groups including the Sierra Club and women’s groups including Planned Parenthood. Simmons was funded by telecommunication and insurance companies.

Representative Beckley was inspired to run for office after attending the Dallas 2017 Women's March.[4]

Representative Beckley has lived in her district for her entire life. She attended public school in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District. After graduating from Newman Smith High School, Representative Beckley attended Texas A&M University, receiving a degree in Biomedical Sciences in 1992.

Representative Beckley worked in sales immediately following college, but returned to Carrollton to manage the family business, Kookaburra Bird Shop.[5] In 2003, she purchased shop and continues to manage it today.

Representative Beckley is married to Martin Mikes. They reside in Carrollton with their two Standard Poodles, Mischief and Mayhem and cats, Max and Mika. She is an avid bicyclist and has completed two Ironman Triathlons.

Her priorities for the 86th Legislative Session are providing healthcare for all Texans, medical marijuana and hemp research. She has been appointed to serve on the Agriculture and Livestock and the Business and Industry Committees.

Representative Beckley authored[6] and co-authored[7] numerous bills in the 86th legislative session involving LGBTQ equality, public health, and women's reproductive health.

"House Bill 978 sought to amend the Texas Family Code to use gender-neutral language when discussing marriage — changing references to “man and woman” or “husband and wife” to “two individuals” or “spouses.” The bill would also amend the Health and Safety Code to remove provisions regarding the criminality or unacceptability of “homosexual conduct.” Beckley’s bill died in the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence. Its companion, Senate Bill 153 by José Rodríguez, D-El Paso, did not receive a committee hearing. Both bills received heavy pushback from religious advocacy groups who say the legislation amounts to an attack on religious freedom.[8]

A vaccine-related amendment,[9] introduced by Representative Beckley, was approved in March as part of the state budget.[10] It requires state health officials to assess the immunization rates at child care centers, which it has not done for several years."

Representative Beckley was outspoken about on HB 16,[11] the so-called Born Alive bill. "I refuse to make a mockery out of women's health and so I joined 50 of my colleagues to register as "Present Not Voting." Today's vote was about Republican scorecards, not good Texas policy," she said.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://house.texas.gov/members/member-page/?district=65
  2. ^ “Bathroom Bill”
  3. ^ https://ballotpedia.org/Michelle_Beckley
  4. ^ https://www.dallasnews.com/news/dallas/2017/01/21/watch-dallas-womens-march-kicks-downtown
  5. ^ Kookaburra Bird Shop
  6. ^ "Bills Authored / Joint Authored: Rep. Michelle Beckley, 86th Legislature Regular Session". Texas Legislature. 16 May 2019.
  7. ^ https://capitol.texas.gov/reports/report.aspx?ID=coauthor&LegSess=86R&Code=A3795
  8. ^ Taylor Goldenstein (9 May 2019). "Texas Democrats kill bill inspired by San Antonio's Chick-fil-A flap". San Antonio Express-News.
  9. ^ a b https://www.statesman.com/news/20190503/amid-measles-crisis-texas-bills-targeting-vaccine-issues-slow-to-move
  10. ^ https://www.kxan.com/news/texas-politics/vaccine-debate-continues-at-the-texas-capitol/1883515090
  11. ^ "TX HB16 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature". LegiScan.


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