|Texas House of Representatives, District 81|
|Bachelor's||University of Texas at El Paso (1977)|
|Place of birth||Lubbock, Texas|
Keith earned his B.S. from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1977.
Keith's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Excerpt: "In recent years there has been no greater example of government overreach into the private sector than the creation of Obamacare. We cannot allow the federal government inside our doctor’s offices. This is about privacy, government interference in the doctor/patient relationship, the rights of states and the rights of individuals to make their own choices about their healthcare needs. Austin will oppose all efforts to impose healthcare mandates on West Texans."
- Excerpt: "With a population that is expected to double in the next 50 years, a reliable source of water will be crucial if we are to remain America’s economic powerhouse. As chairman of the Odessa Development Corporation, Austin spearheaded a committee to research the potential of desalination of brackish water in West Texas."
Jobs and the Economy
- Excerpt: "We need a state representative who understands that a vibrant private sector is the key to creating jobs and opportunities. Austin will fight oppressive regulations that stifle job growth, and he will encourage businesses and entrepreneurs to relocate to West Texas to create a thriving local economy for decades to come."
- Excerpt: "Austin is committed to broad-based education reform that will empower parents, teachers, administrators and locally elected school boards. We must free our local education leaders from unfunded mandates and the failed one-size-fits-all education policies of the big government establishment in Austin and Washington in order to prepare the next generation for the highly competitive world economy in which they will find themselves upon graduation."
- Excerpt: "As a strong Christian, Austin believes in the sanctity of human life and that life begins at conception. In 2013, the Texas legislature passed the strongest pro-life bill in America, but there will always be efforts from the left to undermine our defense of the innocent. Austin will ensure that life is protected in all of its forms."
Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. Those candidates who did not receive 50% or more of the vote in their party primary on March 4 faced an additional May 27 primary runoff. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Brooks Landgraf defeated Austin Keith in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election.
Austin and his wife, Michelle, have two children.
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- "Keith for Texas," Official Campaign Website
- Texas Secretary of State, "2014 March Primary Election Candidate Filings by County," accessed March 4, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "2014 Democratic Party Primary Election," accessed April 9, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "2014 Republican Party Primary Election," accessed April 9, 2014
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