For those of you that do not know me, I must first say thank you for taking the time to stop by to give me the opportunity to share with you a little about myself. For those of you that I already know, I must also say thank you and tell you how much I appreciate the support and encouragement so many of you have already offered to me and my family. As most of you know by now, my name is Phil Fitzgerald and it is my sincere honor to seek election as your Republican representative in the United States Congress for the 36th District of Texas.
I am 54 years old, 36 of which I am lucky enough to have spent married to my wife and best friend, Amy Fitzgerald. Amy and I have two wonderful children, Jennifer Fitzgerald Stanley, a graduate of Texas A&M University, and Joshua Fitzgerald, also a graduate of Texas A&M University and a graduate of The University of Texas School of Law. Jennifer and her husband, John, have also blessed Amy and I with two adorable grandchildren, the light of our lives, Sophie and Sully. Mention of my family comes first for two reasons. First, after my Faith, nothing in my life carries greater importance. Second, my love and hope for my family and their future now compels me to seek a position as your Congressman.
When I rock my grandchildren to sleep at night I look at them and worry about the world and country they will inherit. I look up and I see an America at a very crucial crossroads. Government, especially government spending, spins out of control and we must reel it in. To do so, we need strong, proven leaders that are willing to stand up against the status quo and fight for us in Washington to ensure that we move in a positive direction at this turning point in our nation’s history.
Thirty-three years of experience owning my own businesses taught me one very important lesson: success requires coming up with solutions rather than placing blame. Over the years I started and owned a number of local businesses ranging from a propane company, convenience store, hotel, R.V. park, construction company, to commercial and residential rental property, and in each and every business, situations arise where one can throw in the towel and lay blame when facing adversity or instead choose to find a solution and move forward. When given the opportunity to serve you, I will bring common sense to Washington and regardless of the adversity faced, I will work to find solutions for you and our country.
Deep pride and love for our community also move me to seek to serve you as your Congressman. I grew up in this District and have lived here most of my life. I am a proud resident of Moss Hill, Texas and a proud graduate of Hardin High School. Many positions, such as the founding member, deacon, teacher and trustee of Moss Hill Community Baptist Church; Board of Directors of the Liberty County Teachers Federal Credit Union; Board of Directors of the Trinity Valley Exposition Fair and Rodeo; trustee for Hardin Independent School District; and organizer, coach, and board of directors member of various youth organizations within Liberty County, gave me the opportunity to be involved in and witness first-hand the growth and prosperity of our District and its communities. I wish to serve you, to serve our district, and to serve all the communities in our District so that your interests, and the interests of our friends and neighbors, are protected in Washington.
Along with my dedication to a common sense, solution-based approach, and my deep pride and love for the communities in which we live, I also bring experience of service as an elected official. I faithfully served Liberty County as Justice of the Peace for 20 years and Liberty County Judge for 4 years. During my time as Liberty County Judge I faced many of the obstacles waiting in Washington. Working with Commissioners and Department Heads, during my four-year term as Liberty County Judge, the Liberty County Fund Balance increased by 10 million dollars without increasing taxes. During that time, Governor Rick Perry appointed me to the Commission on Hurricane Recovery Response and I also became an alumnus of the Leadership Conference of South East Texas.
I look at our nation and I see us coming to a great turning point. I look at the cities and towns of the Congressional District in which we live and I see strong communities full of good, hard-working people, just like you and me. I look at Washington and I see a government spinning out of control and jeopardizing the future of our country for our children and grandchildren. I know that we need leaders who desire to serve the people of our District and not just enter an election for the sake of winning a title. The communities of District 36 need a Congressman who will fight to find common-sense solutions to America’s problems rather than just finding someone to blame for our downfalls.
My name is Phil Fitzgerald. I will fight for you in Washington.