Texas Veterans have earned and deserve First in Class Benefits from the moment they receive their DD214. This includes mortgages better than a VA loan, Veterans' Homes superior to civilian counterparts, and places of repose befitting of heroes of our Great State and the United States of America.
Texans recongize that in addition to Oil & Gas, the 21st century has shown us that water and critical minerals provide a clear path for the growth of the Permanent School Fund. As the steward of Texas land holdings, I intend to execute sales, trades, leases and other transactions to maximize the monetization of these resources for the benefit of Texas and its core commitment to a free public education.
Texas has two international borders. While the Rio Grande is important, the next Texas Land Commissioner needs to return our focus to the other border - the vast and magnificent Texas Coast which stretches from Brownsville to Sabine Pass, and every island from South Padre to Galveston.
Texans have a proud history of enduring natural disasters and coming out on top. From Isaac's Storm to Hurricane Harvey, and countless catastrophes in between, we have demonstrated that we are a resilient people. Part of that recovery comes from effective relief efforts after the disaster, as well as balanced actions to mitigate against future disasters. Lessons learned from Hurricane Harvey have shown us that the General Land Office is instrumental in helping Texans get back on their feet.
As the Chairman of the Texas School Land Board, the Commissioner provides leadership in both the growth of the Real Estate Special Fund Account, as well as the natural partnership between the General Land Office and all educators. As your Commissioner, I will work with all stakeholders in the education field to help deliver what was promised in the Texas Declaration of Independence, for "unless a people are educated and enlightened, it is idle to expect the continuance of civil liberty, or the capacity for self government."
The birthplace of Texas freedom, the Alamo remains perhaps the single most visible symbol of bravery and ultimate sacrifice in the face of overwhelming odds. The story of Texas cannot be told without a candid and accurate story of what took place in the late winter of 1836. Preservation of this hallowed ground is enhanced, not lessened, by the inclusion of stories from everyone present.
Don understands what matters to Texas and to Texans. Don's vast experience, starting as a West Point Graduate and U.S. Army Officer, and later as a Texas District Court Judge, and finally as a successful entrepreneur in the critical minerals industry make him uniquely qualified to lead the General Land Office.
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