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Texas presidential endorsements beginning

GOP presidential candidate and Texas’ junior state senator, Ted Cruz
GOP presidential candidate and Texas’ junior state senator, Ted Cruz AP

Texans running for president are starting to rake in endorsements from the state’s congressional delegation.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced he has support in his presidential bid from U.S. Reps. Michael Burgess of Lewisville, John Ratcliffe of Heath, Louie Gohmert of Tyler and John Culberson of Houston.

Burgess endorsed Cruz in the U.S. Senate runoff in 2012 against then-Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, and he said, “I have not been disappointed.” Burgess, a doctor, shares Cruz’s dislike for the Affordable Care Act and wants to see it repealed. “I believe in his passion, in his ability to articulate a message and to get the job done,” Burgess told the Star-Telegram.

What about the other presidential candidates?

Well, U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, seemed to be pretty much backing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, in one report although he was noncommittal when asked by the Star-Telegram. According to Politico, Sessions got a call from Bush two months ago and “told the former Florida governor he’d be backing him.”

There are some strong ties: Former President George W. Bush lives in Session’s district and former President George. H.W. Bush named his father, William Sessions, to be FBI director.

“I would guesstimate that there are 20 members right now that are in support of Jeb,” Sessions told Politico.

Yet when asked by the Star-Telegram, Sessions said in a statement, “Our party is blessed with an outstanding field of candidates who believe in the conservative ideals I have worked to promote.”

Texas legislation

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott brought some peace to Fort Worth’s Cindy and Mark Boling last week, signing a bill that was at least partially brought about because their 5-year-old border collie-English setter mix, Lily, was shot by a police officer on their property three years ago.

The measure, House Bill 593, requires peace officers statewide to go through training that teaches them how to deal with canines they encounter on the job.

It goes into effect Sept. 1.

Teaching Texans

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is wearing another hat this week — that of teacher.

Bush, who lived in Fort Worth before being elected to office, plans to teach a Texas history class, “Pioneering Principles: Why Character Matters,” at 2 p.m. Friday.

The class will be streamed live from the Texas General Land Office through YouTube. When it’s live, a link to the broadcast will be posted on the land office’s education website.

“It took people of character to build our great state, and it will take people of character to keep Texas strong, free and prosperous in the future,” Bush said. “As a former teacher, I’m excited to use technology to teach this timeless lesson to our state’s future leaders.”

Maria Recio, 202-383-6103

Twitter: @maria_e_recio

Anna M. Tinsley, 817-390-7610

Twitter: @annatinsley

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