|Texas House of Representatives, District 55|
|January 13, 2015 - Present|
|January 9, 2017|
|Years in position||0|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Belton High School|
|Bachelor's||University of Mary Hardin-Baylor|
2015 legislative session
At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, White served on the following committees:
|Texas Committee Assignments, 2015|
|• Homeland Security & Public Safety|
|• Urban Affairs|
White's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Fiscal Responsibility
- Limited Government
- Free Market Economy
- Transportation, Toll Roads, & Taxpayer Abuse
- Sanctity of Life
- State Sovereignty & Federalism
- Secure Borders & Illegal Immigration
- Education Excellence & Reform
- Right to Keep & Bear Arms
- Property Tax & Our Rights
Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives took 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 was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Molly White defeated incumbent Ralph Sheffield in the Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election.
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White caused a national stir with her controversial comments about Muslims and the Islamic faith. Approximately 300 Muslims gathered in Austin, Texas for Muslim Capitol Day on Thursday, January 29, 2015. The yearly event is an opportunity to for followers of the Islamic faith to meet with lawmakers and is organized by the Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. White was out of town for the event, but left an Israeli flag behind in the reception-area of her office and informed her staff to insist Muslim visitors pledge allegiance to the United States and condemn terrorism, or be asked to leave. White posted early on Facebook the same day, "I did leave an Israeli flag on the reception desk in my office with instructions to staff to ask representatives from the Muslim community to renounce Islamic terrorist groups and publicly announce allegiance to America and our laws. We will see how long they stay in my office." In response, Robert McCaw, CAIR's government affairs manager, wrote a letter to Texas House of Representatives Speaker Joe Straus inquiring whether or not White's requirement of her staff was violating House ethics rules by "creating such an internal office policy that is selectively being enforced to discriminate against certain religious minorities.” Straus' response affirmed that all Texans have a right to be treated with dignity and respect, but did not address the potential ethics violation. White affirmed her position again in the mid-morning, but by 3pm had issued another statement to say all constituents were welcome at her office. This wasn't the first time White has made anti-Muslim comments on her Facebook: in June of 2014, White wrote on Facebook that one of her top priorities as a legislator would be purging Texas of all Jihadists. In the comments of her post, White wrote that "Muslims cannot be trusted no matter how peaceful they appear."
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- Molly White for Texas House, "Issues," accessed February 20, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current ELECTION HISTORY," accessed December 2, 2014
- The Libertarian Party of Texas, "2014 Texas Representative Candidate List," accessed July 30, 2014
- Green Party of Texas, "Greens Release Candidate List," accessed July 30, 2014
- Meg Wagner, Daily News, "Texas rep greets Muslim visitors with Israeli flag, demands they condemn terrorism: ‘We will see how long they stay in my office’," January 30, 2015
- Reeve Hamilton and Alexa Ura, The Texas Tribune, "Rep to Staff: Ask Muslim Visitors to Pledge Allegiance," January 29, 2015
- Erin Dooley, ABC News, "Texas Legislator Instructs Staff: Ask Muslims to Pledge Allegiance to America," January 29, 2015
Ralph Sheffield (R)
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