“I am going to be a little campaigny tonight,” Keffer said. “There is going to be a lot of people that want to hook Washington, DC and Austin together, that whatever is going on in Washington, DC has got to be going on in Austin. Let me tell you, nothing could be farther from the truth.
“The only thing that Austin and Washington, DC, as far as government is concerned, have in common is that we both have dome buildings. Now remember, Texas’ is 7-foot taller.”
Again, met with much laughter. Keffer continued with the same level of frankness.
In the remainder of Keffer’s speech, he covered topics such as Texas’ economic health, the fiscal conservativeness of the Texas government, his support for public schooling, water and Proposition 6, Texas population growth and his concerns regarding the Federal Government.
“We have to continually be on the offensive and defensive as far as working against our own Federal Government, which is a terrible shame,” Keffer said. “Obamacare is probably going to be an issue, but another issue that is going to come from the courts is equity.”
Currently, Keffer is running for his 10th term.
“A lot of people say, ‘Well, you’ve been there too long,’” Keffer said. “Let me tell you something, seniority in a rural district is not a bad thing. This last census, we lost two seats in West Texas, which just means, we that are left, better be loud. We that are left have to have the respect of the house so that we can get things through... and make sure that rural Texas still has a seat at the table.”
In closing, Keffer spoke highly of the area.
“I’ve had the honor of representing Palo Pinto County since I have been in the legislature,” Keffer said. “We have grown up together very well. We have worked on the Baker Hotel. We have worked at Possum Kingdom.
“I want to congratulate you guys because I think one of the great things that you have done and continue to do, is your Mineral Wells leadership.”
For more information regarding Keffer, consult his website at www.jimkeffer.com.