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Molly White

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Molly White
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Texas House of Representatives, District 55
Incumbent
In office
January 13, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 0
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolBelton High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Personal
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Molly White is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 55. She was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Committee assignments

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

White's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
  • Free Market Economy
  • Water
  • 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

2014

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

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.[2][3][4]

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Controversies

Anti-Muslim comments

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.[5] 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."[6] 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.[7] 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.[6] 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."[6]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ralph Sheffield (R)
Texas House of Representatives District 55
2015–present
Succeeded by
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