PoliTex: Kay Granger chooses work over recognition

U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth
U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth Star-Telegram

So there was U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, at the White House East Room, no less, getting ready to be recognized by the president and first lady, no less, for her work promoting the education of girls in foreign countries.

President Obama started off his remarks Tuesday about a new program, “Let Girls Learn Initiative,” with the Peace Corps to promote education for young women in areas that often present barriers to women’s advancement.

“I want to thank the members of Congress who are here today — including Congresswoman Kay Granger, who’s a leading advocate for ‘development done right,’” Obama said. “Where is Kay? She was here just a second ago.”

It turns out that Granger was needed on the House floor — as was her Democratic counterpart, Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y. Granger chairs the House Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs, and Lowey is the ranking Democrat on both the subcommittee and committee. And the vote couldn’t have been hotter — funding for the Homeland Security Department.

“She had to run back to vote on Homeland Security. So we really wanted to get her there on time,” Obama said to laughter.

Granger was one of only four Texas Republicans who voted for the bill, which passed with all Democrats and 75 Republicans supporting it. Most Republicans wanted the bill to include provisions to undo Obama’s executive actions easing immigration deportations.

Granger and Lowey also got a shoutout from first lady Michelle Obama, who will, as part of the initiative, travel to Japan and Cambodia from March 18 to 22.

Teen summit

High school juniors and seniors can learn about financial aid, scholarships, military academy appointments and more during U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey’s second annual Teen Summit.

Registration is open for the free event to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 18 at Sam Houston High School in Arlington.

Registration for the summit is capped at 200. For more information, call 817-920-9086 or go to Veasey’s website.

“I believe that investing in our youth is investing in our future,” Veasey said. “That is why I am proud to bring our annual Teen Summit to the Metroplex to bridge the opportunity gap that many students face and to provide them with the tools they need to succeed.”

Life’s too short

In a recent article about U.S. Rep. Roger Williams being named chairman of the House Conservatives Fund, the Weekly Standard described him as a “two-term congressman from the Dallas suburbs.”

Hmm. Williams’ district stretches from Austin to the edges of Tarrant County, a district not traditionally described as “the Dallas suburbs.”

Williams, a longtime car dealer and GOP fundraiser with deep Tarrant County roots, said he plans to raise at least $1 million by the end of this year and be a key force in the 2016 House races.

As for being from a Dallas suburb, the T-shirt motto at Fort Worth’s Railhead Smokehouse BBQ says it all: “Life’s Too Short To Live in Dallas.”

Never too early

David Cozad has his eye on the future — 2016 to be exact.

On Saturday, he kicked off his third bid for the 6th Congressional District, represented by longtime U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis.

The Democrat, a retired software development manager, made unsuccessful bids for Congress in 2010 and 2014.

Maria Recio, 202-383-6103

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Anna M. Tinsley, 817-390-7610

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