State Representative Tony Tinderholt

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Mission: Conservative Republican proudly representing the people of Arlington, Dalworthington Gardens, and Pantego in the Texas House of Representatives.

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Happy Labor Day to all Texans. It’s been a hard year for so many with both the health and economic impacts of COVID-19. ...
09/07/2020

Happy Labor Day to all Texans. It’s been a hard year for so many with both the health and economic impacts of COVID-19. We must continue to reopen our state and get the miracle of the Texas economy thriving once again.

Exciting news! Unfortunately, the Levitt Pavillion Arlington had to cancel their summer concert series this year due to ...
08/31/2020

Exciting news! Unfortunately, the Levitt Pavillion Arlington had to cancel their summer concert series this year due to COVID-19. However, they officially resumed concerts this past weekend. The new fall concert series will run through October 18th. Click the link below to find out which artists are performing, distancing guidelines and other safety measures being employed, and how to reserve a space for just $2!

https://arlingtontx.gov/news/my_arlington_t_x/news_stories/levitt_hospitality_reopening_2020

Disgusted by the Defunding of the Austin Police Department, Representative Tony Tinderholt Issues Statement on State Lea...
08/18/2020

Disgusted by the Defunding of the Austin Police Department, Representative Tony Tinderholt Issues Statement on State Leaders' Proposal:

"In an aberration of their duties, the Austin City Council recently voted 10-0 to defund the Austin Police Department by $150 million, or 1/3 of the city's total policing budget. The socialist leaders of Austin should immediately rescind the cuts and protect the people they were elected to serve. Cuts to any police department during this time is disgusting, dangerous, and flies in the face of common sense.

As a result of these actions, I stand with the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Speaker of the House in their proposal to permanently freeze the property tax revenues of any city who defunds the police. I will proudly support this legislation in the Texas House and look forward to working with the next Speaker and full House, as well as the Senate, Lieutenant Governor, and Governor, to implement this critical policy.

In Texas, we defend our police officers while they protect us. Next session we will boldly show that to Austin and any other city who makes the ill-advised decision to defund their police."

This week I nominated Mr. Graham Wolfe for the Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program. He’s a remarkable young man who...
08/16/2020

This week I nominated Mr. Graham Wolfe for the Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program. He’s a remarkable young man who is beginning his freshman year at Texas A&M this fall. He will be majoring in Economics and intends to pursue a career in the military or law / public service after graduating. He is in the Navy ROTC program and has a dream of becoming a Navy Seal or a Naval Aviator. Graham, we are very proud of what you’ve accomplished this far and look forward to following your success in the future. Congratulations Sir!

08/12/2020
Representative Tinderholt on Recovering form COVID

I want every Texan to know the following: you care about your health and family’s safety more than the government. Stay safe, and pray for those affected by this horrible disease. Also, find a doctor who isn’t just part of the herd. My doctor, Brian C. Procter MD of McKinney Family Medicine, tailored his treatment specifically to my needs. He has been banned by Facebook for talking about the lives he has saved, including mine.

Today marks the 230th birthday of the United States Coast Guard. On last year’s anniversary, the White House said the fo...
08/04/2020

Today marks the 230th birthday of the United States Coast Guard.

On last year’s anniversary, the White House said the following:

“...our Nation celebrates the historic legacy of the United States Coast Guard and commends the daily work of our Coast Guardsmen. These brave patriots secure our borders from drug runners and terrorists, defend our country’s interests around the world, rescue our citizens from stormy seas, and ensure the safe and efficient shipment of more than $5.4 trillion of commerce.”

We are thankful for the service of this branch of the armed forces today and everyday.

07/31/2020

Just over two weeks ago, I tested positive for COVID 19.

I went to the hospital and was sent home and told to come back if my oxygen count decreased beyond a certain number. Though I got increasingly worse, it was not to the level at which my hospital said I should return. Instead of waiting any longer, I sought further medical treatment at McKinney Family Medicine with Brian C. Procter, MD. Receiving excellent care, I started experiencing improvement almost immediately after treatment began.

My two young kids tested positive but were asymptomatic, and my wife, Bethany, also had minor symptoms for a short time. All are well now. Though I am not quite back to 100% health, I am feeling much better and continue to self isolate and heal inside my home.

I praise the Lord for keeping my family safe and for sending an excellent medical professional who was not afraid to practice the medicine he felt was in the best interest of his patients. Dr. Procter has seen over 300 COVID-19 patients and is saving lives on a regular basis.

On Friday, July 17th, the Texas Department of Public Safety commissioned 77 new Texas Highway Patrol Troopers. This was ...
07/21/2020

On Friday, July 17th, the Texas Department of Public Safety commissioned 77 new Texas Highway Patrol Troopers. This was the 166th recruit class with ages of our new state officers ranging from 21 to 42. They successfully completed a 27-week training program. Godspeed to our newest public servants!

Today is Election Day for the primary runoffs. Go vote! In HD-94 there’s just one judicial contest on the Republican sid...
07/14/2020

Today is Election Day for the primary runoffs. Go vote! In HD-94 there’s just one judicial contest on the Republican side, but in other districts across the state, there are additional important races as well.

Tarrant County information may be found here: https://www.tarrantcounty.com/en/elections.html

07/06/2020
Jon Francis

The right choice for State Representative! I look forward to working with Jon Francis at the Capitol in Austin.

Endorsed by Senator Ted Cruz and I

"Everyone says they're conservative... Jon is the real deal."
#DefendTexas #RunoffElection #GOTV

Happy Independence Day! Today we celebrate our freedoms and our pride as Americans. Stay safe & have a great day.
07/04/2020

Happy Independence Day! Today we celebrate our freedoms and our pride as Americans. Stay safe & have a great day.

07/03/2020

I'd like to join my colleague Cecil Bell in asking an important question for the benefit of my constituents.

Where are Texas laws written?

Gov. Abbott has issued statewide mask requirement on all Texans. To be clear, this is an overreach of his authority (whi...
07/02/2020
Gov. Greg Abbott orders Texans in most counties to wear masks in public

Gov. Abbott has issued statewide mask requirement on all Texans. To be clear, this is an overreach of his authority (which has been a common theme recently). The Legislature should be voting on proposals like this. A unilateral decision for 30 million Texans is not within the job description or capabilities of the executive branch. Laws are created by legislators. It’s past time for a special session.

Abbott previously resisted calls for such an order and at one point banned local governments from requiring masks. First-time violators will be issued a warning, though repeat offenders could be fined up to $250.

COVID-19 Update - June 26thThere have been several developments in the Texas response to COVID-19 this week. Therefore, ...
06/26/2020
Governor Abbott Issues New Lockdown Measures Closing Bars, Limiting Restaurant Capacity

COVID-19 Update - June 26th

There have been several developments in the Texas response to COVID-19 this week. Therefore, I have decided to share an update for informational purposes.

*Disclaimer: I have long called for an expedited reopening of Texas & do NOT support mandatory masking requirements (either at the local level or statewide). Specifically, I do not agree with many of these actions or the legal ability of the officials who are making them. However, to ensure the public is informed, I have decided to provide an update nonetheless*

REGRESSION OF OPENING:
-Effective Friday, June 26th at 12pm, Gov. Abbott has required ALL bars to close statewide
-Beginning Monday, June 29th, restaurants must return to 50% capacity (they are currently at 75%)
-Rafting and tubing businesses are required to close
-Outdoor gatherings of 100 or more must be explicitly approved by the mayor of the city or the county judge in unincorporated areas
-All other businesses may operate at 50% capacity unless it is deemed “essential”

MASKS:
-Last week, Gov. Abbott made it clear local officials could require businesses to require clients to wear a mask prior to entering & while inside their businesses
-Failure to comply would result in a fine of up to $1,000 on the business itself
-Customers cannot be fined directly
-Tarrant County decided to move forward with an executive order this week to do just that. It is in effect through August 3rd
-The City of Arlington supports this measure & has said they will comply & assist with enforcement
-Therefore, if you are going into a business in HD-94, you are required to wear a mask at this time (the business will be held responsible)

SURGERIES & PROCEDURES:
-Gov. Abbott has announced all elective surgeries & procedures in Dallas, Bexar, Harris, & Travis Counties are to be postponed
-This order does NOT include Tarrant County at this time

UT-ARLINGTON FALL PLAN:
-Phase 1 will begin July 6th with some personnel returning to campus; focus is positions critical for campus safety or preparing for on-campus activities
-Phase 2 is set for July 27th with additional personnel returning
-Phase 3 is the full return to campus, currently scheduled between August 10th-24th
-The fall semester will be taught with in person, online, or a hybrid of the two for classes
-Face coverings will be required while inside campus buildings

For a write up on Gov. Abbott’s actions, here is a good article:

Under the new executive order, bars close once again, restaurant capacity will be limited to 50 percent, and all rafting and tubing businesses must shut their doors.

Today was a great day for the fight against human trafficking in Tarrant County. I attended the groundbreaking of “The U...
06/22/2020

Today was a great day for the fight against human trafficking in Tarrant County. I attended the groundbreaking of “The Underground”, Unbound Fort Worth’s new drop-in center for trafficked youth. This facility (the first of its kind in Tarrant County) will take victims who walk up but also give law enforcement a place to bring trafficked children instead of taking them into the juvenile justice system. I’m thankful for all involved in ending these horrendous crimes & all who have assisted in making this location a reality including the Office of the Governor’s Child Sex Trafficking Team & of course, Unbound Fort Worth. This fight is winnable!

Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads in House District 94. Being a father has been the greatest joy of my life.
06/21/2020

Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads in House District 94. Being a father has been the greatest joy of my life.

Juneteenth is the oldest national celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, this day ...
06/19/2020

Juneteenth is the oldest national celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, this day is a celebration of remembrance of the emancipation of the first slaves in Texas. We are reminded of the atrocities of slavery & formally commemorate God-given freedom.

Tarrant County has allotted $30 million from CARES Act funding for a small business assistance grant program. Each grant...
06/16/2020

Tarrant County has allotted $30 million from CARES Act funding for a small business assistance grant program. Each grant awarded will be under $10,000 & dependent on the number of qualified applicants. Applications will be accepted from June 22nd-July 1st. For more information, click here: http://www.tarrantcounty.com/en/county/small-business.html

Happy 245th birthday to the best equipped, best trained fighting force on earth! I am honored to have served in and reti...
06/14/2020

Happy 245th birthday to the best equipped, best trained fighting force on earth! I am honored to have served in and retired from The United States Army. Thank you to the Soldiers, their Family Members, Veterans, Retirees, and Army Civilians for being ready to serve anywhere in the world at a moments notice for an undetermined duration.

On this 76th Anniversary of D-Day, we honor the soldiers who stormed the beaches at Normandy which led to the eventual A...
06/06/2020

On this 76th Anniversary of D-Day, we honor the soldiers who stormed the beaches at Normandy which led to the eventual Allied victory. We thank Them and their Families and remember their sacrifices today.

Congratulations - and well-earned - to Cody Baker, graduate of Arlington's Martin High School.We were happy to help Cody...
06/03/2020

Congratulations - and well-earned - to Cody Baker, graduate of Arlington's Martin High School.

We were happy to help Cody navigate the (WOFT) Warrant Officer Flight Training packet. We are even more thrilled he was selected to become a helicopter pilot in the world's most powerful fighting force, the U.S. Army.

Thanks to the U.S. Army Dallas Recruiting Battalion and Army Recruiting - Waxahachie, TX for their dedication to assisting this young man in making his dream come true!

I sent an open letter to Gov. Abbott this morning titled “It’s Time for an About Face” outlining my frustrations with th...
06/01/2020
Governor, It's Time for an About-Face - Tony Tinderholt

I sent an open letter to Gov. Abbott this morning titled “It’s Time for an About Face” outlining my frustrations with the Texas response to COVID-19. You can read it by clicking on the link below.

Note: the letter is also in typed form in the comments to this post ⬇️

Dear Governor Abbott, It is important I stress this letter is not personal in nature nor is it intended to be judgmental. Rather, it’s being written in hopes that you might consider changing course due to constitutional concerns. We have worked together on many important issues over my three terms...

Memorial Day is intended for Americans to reflect & remember the men & women in uniform who gave the ultimate sacrifice ...
05/25/2020

Memorial Day is intended for Americans to reflect & remember the men & women in uniform who gave the ultimate sacrifice for country. They are not forgotten. They will never be forgotten.

May 16th is Armed Forces Day. I like this statement from the White House & our Commander in Chief to commemorate the day...
05/16/2020

May 16th is Armed Forces Day. I like this statement from the White House & our Commander in Chief to commemorate the day:

“In times of war and peace alike, on land, at sea, in the skies, in cyberspace, and beyond the Earth’s atmosphere, the men and women of our Nation’s Armed Forces serve with honor and distinction and stand ready to selflessly defend our Nation. On Armed Forces Day, we pay tribute to these patriots, whose work enables our country to shine always as a beacon of freedom and hope for the world.”

May 15th is Peace Officers’ Memorial Day. We honor the men and women who have laid down their life to “serve and protect...
05/15/2020

May 15th is Peace Officers’ Memorial Day. We honor the men and women who have laid down their life to “serve and protect” their communities. Their courage & sacrifice is not forgotten. May God continue to bless our officers & their families. #BackTheBlue

Last year we passed HB 1313 which requires appraisers to have “clear and convincing evidence” to raise your home’s value...
05/14/2020
Here’s what happened to Tarrant property appraisals this year. It’s not what you think

Last year we passed HB 1313 which requires appraisers to have “clear and convincing evidence” to raise your home’s value if you won a protest in the previous year.

Though I know this will not help everyone, it is an example of a property tax law we passed that is having immediate impact - especially during these difficult times.

“The last thing anybody wants is a huge property tax bill this year.”

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there! Your love and guidance in molding our children can never be fully appre...
05/10/2020

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there! Your love and guidance in molding our children can never be fully appreciated. Thank you.

May 8th is Military Spouse Appreciation Day in Texas. It is a tremendous form of service when a spouse gives their loved...
05/08/2020

May 8th is Military Spouse Appreciation Day in Texas. It is a tremendous form of service when a spouse gives their loved one up for our country. It is a sacrifice that never receives the credit it deserves. So join me in thanking them for their service today - and everyday.

The Texas Freedom Caucus released a statement on how fiscal restraint in budgeting is paramount as we come out of this c...
05/07/2020
Texas Freedom Caucus Statement Urging Double-Digit Budget Reductions through Zero-Based Budgeting

The Texas Freedom Caucus released a statement on how fiscal restraint in budgeting is paramount as we come out of this crisis.

We must do the following:
-treat every dollar as more important than ever; exert fiscal responsibility
-identify & implement at least 10% budget cuts at state agencies during the next budget cycle & strongly urge immediate spending constraint at agencies for the current budget cycle
-implement zero-based budgeting at all agencies in order for the Legislature to fund the most essential priorities first

The full statement is available at the link provided below.

The Texas economy is in a free fall. Two weeks ago, a little over 1.3 million Texans had filed a COVID-19-related unemployment claim with the Texas Workforce Commission. Today, that number exceeds 1.9 million, and it is likely that we will surpass the 2 million mark this week. Uncertainty abounds, b...

Today is the National Day of Prayer. Join me in praying for our local communities, state, and nation as we lay our burde...
05/07/2020

Today is the National Day of Prayer. Join me in praying for our local communities, state, and nation as we lay our burdens at the foot of the cross.

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you.” -Isaiah 26:3

05/06/2020

Gov. Abbott has announced some additional reopening measures. As many of you know, I have been vocally supportive of reopening the Texas economy for several weeks now. We must reopen and let people get back to work!

A few takeaways from yesterday’s press conference:
-Weddings, funerals, & memorial services may resume immediately & follow the guidelines for churches (no maximum capacity but distancing recommended). If a wedding is not in a church, the capacity will be 25% of maximum for the venue. There is no capacity requirement for outdoor portions of venues
-Salons, barber shops, & other cosmetology services may resume on Friday, May 8th
-Gyms may reopen on May 18th at 25% capacity. However, showers & locker rooms must remain closed. Outdoor exercise will not have capacity limits
-Bars must remain closed for now
-Outdoor graduations may take place after June 1st in Tarrant County. Decisions on graduation will be left to individual districts

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State Representative Tony Tinderholt is a father, veteran, and conservative Republican from House District 94. He is serving his third term in the Texas Legislature, representing the people of Arlington, Dalworthington Gardens, and Pantego in Tarrant County.

Tinderholt serves as Vice Chairman of the Defense & Veterans' Affairs Committee and as a member of the Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee. He is also a founding member of the Texas Freedom Caucus and serves as a Deputy Floor Leader for the House Republican Caucus. During each legislative session, he has been ranked in the top 5 most conservative members by a nonpartisan Rice University study.

Tinderholt has been named a "Taxpayer Champion" by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, "Faith & Family Champion" by Texas Values, and "Courageous Conservative" by Texas Conservative Coalition. Many education, business, pro-life, personal responsibility, transportation, and gun rights groups have also recognized his leadership.

He is the proud father to his four children (Kayley, Nathan, Tyler, & Brenan) and grandfather to one grandson (Jaxon). He is happily married to his wife, Bethany, a loving mother and former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.

Before his state service, Tinderholt had a decorated military career. He entered active duty Air Force in 1988 as a Spanish Cryptologic Linguist, taking part in counter drug missions throughout South and Central America. Following 9/11, he re-entered active duty, this time in the Army. Tinderholt worked as a platoon leader, executive officer, detachment commander, and recruiting commander, even volunteering to deploy to a combat zone. At one point, he oversaw an $836 million budget and managed a team of over 400.

In his 21 years in the armed forces, Major (Ret.) Tinderholt served tours all around the world. He earned numerous badges, awards, and certifications including the Bronze Star and the Combat Action Badge.

In civilian life, Tinderholt previously educated students as a Spanish professor at Columbia College in Fort Worth. He holds a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership.

The Tinderholt family also loves to give back to their community. They volunteer with many organizations including Spirit of Hope Arlington, Catholic Charities of Fort Worth, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, St. Jude Medical Center, and the Arlington Police Foundation.

Tinderholt is a Lutheran, and his family attends St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in Southwest Arlington.

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Is our government becoming murderers? I wonder! First, there are therapeutics to help with the virus effectively. Dr Bartlett who was using one said he gave his report to Senator Ted Cruz to take to Washington so you should know about that one, months ago. So why is Dr Bartlett being censored? Then there’s the Texas Pharmaceutical Board changing HIPA laws to make Dr’s give Patient diagnosis information and refusing to fill scripts for these therapies if it’s for Covid-19. That’s what CVS pharmacies are claiming, the HIPA laws have been changed to get diagnosis, then they discriminate, and withhold medications without you legislators and the governor doing anything about it? That is attempted murder to withhold medicine and treatments for “such a dangerous virus”. Second, why are you letting the Medical Boards that regulate Dr’s threaten Dr’s to take their license who want to treat their patients with these therapies? Again, if this virus is “so dangerous”, Dr’s should be able to use whatever they were trained and learn about to help, and anyone keeping them from doing so should be charged with attempted murder! I’m serious and more and more people agree. Third, open Texas and drop the mandates! We cooperated far too long already, way more than the thirty days, or two weeks, and we’re not going to take it any longer! If people want to wear masks and stay home, that’s their choice, but let it be their choice, and do something about the pharmacies and medical boards that are tying the hands of the Dr’s for treatment. If they withheld flu meds and treatments for the flu you governing bodies would be up in arms and charges would be filed! DO YOUR JOB! PROTECT THE PEOPLE AND THEIR RIGHTS!
Did you know that our State Rep for District 94, Tony Tinderholt has two challengers? Despite Covid hurting my business, I am sending in $50 and asking 10 of my friends to do the same, r whatever you are comfortable with. It is scary what Democratic Party led politicians are doing to our country. Keep this district RED!!!
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Where will I be able to vote early in Arlington?
His office staff handled my unemployment questions so quickly! I’m so grateful it really says a lot about how they care and do their job right! 🙂
Tony do you have any idea how long the mask mandate will be in place? I'm concerned about our children going back to school in masks. Thank you for your response.
so is my wife and I expected to sit my kindergartener in front of a device for virtual learning while we're both working? Is the district going to issue a school device to him to support this virtual learning? Is the district going to help subsidize internet access? Will I get a tax refund to make up for having to take time off to keep my son engaged with virtual learning? And the social fallout, or lack of development...how will my son learn that virtually?
What do you know about this? Why is this happening? Seems very wrong and dirty
I would like to express my concern on how Texas is handling the covid-19 pandemic. There has been no metric achieved that allows for continued opening. Please help me understand WHY the state would continue opening while the metrics are not in line with the guideline. WTF are you doing for us!
Standing behind your letter to Gov. Abbot and have been sharing it everywhere. What do you suggest as the most effective way to have our voices heard in regards to the issues you brought up?
Thank you Rep Tenderholt for standing with Texans for our natural and constitutional rights. The MTX Group contract is bad for several reasons and you saw that and took action in letting our governor know that it is wrong for Texas.
Thanks for standing up for Texans.