Press Releases, Mentions & Quotes in the Media

Press Releases

State Rep. Gary VanDeaver Wins House District 1 Republican Primary, Press Release, March 2022.
Three Top Landowner Rights Organizations Endorse Rep. Gary VanDeaver in the House District 1 Republican Primary, Press Release, January 2022.
Governor Greg Abbott Announces Endorsement of Representative Gary VanDeaver, Press Release, January 2022. [Greg Abbot Campaign Press Release]
The Charles Butt Public Education PAC and Speaker Phelan Announce Joint Support for Rep. Gary VanDeaver for HD 1, January 2022. [Charles Butt Public Education PAC & Speaker Phelan Joint Press Release].
Top Pro-Life Organization in Texas Endorses Rep. Gary VanDeaver for the 2022 Republican Primary in House District 1, Press Release, January 2022.
CLEAT Endorses Rep. Gary VanDeaver for the 2022 Republican Primary in House District 1 for His Work to Back the Blue and Secure the Border, Press Release, January 2022.
National Federation of Independent Businesses Endorses Rep. Gary VanDeaver as their Pro-Small Business Candidate for the 2022 Republican Primary in House District 1, Press Release, January 2022.
State Rep. Gary VanDeaver joins Texans for Responsible Government in Filing Amicus Brief Against Biden’s Vaccine Mandate, Press Release, December 2021.
Rep. Gary VanDeaver to seek re-election to the Texas House, Press Release, August 2021.

Media Mentions

Texas Republicans are trying to sell school choice measures, but rural conservatives aren’t buying, NERA, August 2022.
North Texas school districts still searching for teachers as students return, CBS News Dallas-Fort Worth, August 2022.
A 4-day school week? Some Texas districts are trying it, NewsNation, July 2022.
State representative tours TSTC Marshall campus, programs, The Marshall News Messenger, July 2022.
Officials weigh in on Roe v. Wade court decision, The Paris News, June 2022.
Who’s really watching? Report finds remote learning platforms tracking kids in school, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, June 2022.
House committee members hear update from TEA commissioner, query Morath on educator pay and workplace issues, Texas AFT Newsroom, April 2022.
VanDeaver Elected to Serve as State Representative for 5th Consecutive Term, KSLA, March 2022.
Red River Valley March 1 Election Day Results, The Paris News, March 2022.
Reelect State Representative Gary VanDeaver on Tuesday, March 1st, TXK Today, February 2022. ($)
Texas House speaker visits Texarkana ahead of primary election early voting, Texarkana Gazette, February 2022.
Rep. VanDeaver Receives Top Conservative Endorsements for Legislative Victories Ahead of March 1st Primary Election in House District 1, TXK Today, February 2022 ($).
Texas State House Races to Watch in 2022, The Texan, January 2022.
Atlanta’s Christmas Parade keeps growing, December 2021.
Retirements of key Texas lawmakers leave void in education policy expertise, Advocates say, Dallas Morning News, December 2021.
Rep. Gary VanDeaver files for Reelection, The Paris News, December 2021.
TC Breaks Ground on brand new, $1 million plus facility, Texarkana Gazette, November 2021.
VanDeaver Announces Shoe Drive for the Boys and Girls Club of the Red River Valley and Christmas Reception Town Hall, My Paris Texas.Com, November 2021.
VanDeaver Named to the Texas Community Colleges Finance Commission, 6 PARK News Texas, November 2021.
Texas A&M University-Texarkana gets $45 million boost, Texarkana Gazette, October 2021.
Texas Legislature Approves Nearly $45 Million to Fund Construction of New Agricultural Education Complex at TAMUC, Texas A&M University-Commerce, October 2021.
Redistricting: Harrison, Marion counties shifted to State Rep. Jay Dean’s district in draft map, The Marshall News Messenger, October 2021.
VanDeaver says Voice of Rural Texas Shrinking, The Texarkana Gazette, October 2021.
Texas Legislature Passes Bill to Trim, Clarify New Classroom Critical Race Theory Law, The Texan, September 2021.
School Administrators Gather in Longview Summit, KETK, September 2021.
Rep. Gary VanDeaver to seek Re-Election, BP News Texas: Deport Blossom Times; Bogata News & Talco Times; Detroit Weekly, August 2021.
VanDeaver Announces Re-election Bid, The Texarkana Gazette, August 2021.
Community Panel to Brainstorm Housing Solutions, The Paris News, August 2021.
Bennett: Texas Lawmakers Make Unmatched Progress on Education-to-Workforce Alignment, Rio Grande Guardian, July 2021.
The Back Mic: Analyzing the 2021 Texas Legislature’s Conservative to Liberal Rankings, The Texan, June 2021.
Texas House Backs Schools Bill Lowering Test Stakes, Giving Houston ISD Reprieve, Houston Chronicle, May 2021.
$2M Buyout for Former Lancaster Superintendent Voided, Judge Rules, The Dallas Morning News, May 2021.
Deadline Day in Texas House leaves Legislation on Cutting Room Floor, Everything Lubbock, May 2021.
Herman: Deadline Day in the Texas House of Representatives, The Austin American Statesman, May 2021.
Paris Master Plumber Testifies Before a Senate Committee on HB 636, The Paris News, May 2021.
Resurrected Bill Granting Charter Schools Property Tax Exemption Squeaks through Texas House, The Texan, May 2021.
Texas Bill Restricting Transgender Students’ Sports Participation Stalls in House, The Texas Tribune, May 2021.
Home-schoolers get closer to public school competition as ‘Tim Tebow’ bill clears hurdle in Texas House, Dallas Morning News, May 2021.
TISD Board Approves Calendar for the 2021-2022 School Year, The Texarkana Gazette, February 2021.
CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System Designated Regional COVID-19 Vaccination Hub, TXK Today, February 2021.
Watch: Standardized Testing Panel, Texas AFT, February 2021. (VIDEO)
East Texas Lawmakers Filed Education-Related Bills, Longview News Journal, January 2021.
Northeast Texas Republicans Roll to Victory, 88.9 KETR, November 2020.
Watch: Conversations on the Future of Rural Texas, The Texas Tribune, October 2020. (VIDEO)
Watch: State of Texas: Lawmakers Weight ‘Solutions’ Proposed for Education Equity During Pandemic, Everything Lubbock, September 2020. (VIDEO)
Kinetic Announces Fiber Optic Internet Service Now Available, The Texarkana Gazette, September 2020.
Faster Broadband Now Available from Kinetic by Windstream in Texarkana, Kinetic by Windstream, August 2020.
The Bowie County Republican Headquarters is Now Open in Texarkana, TXK Today, August 2020.
A List of Texas State Representatives’ Stances on Defunding the Police, The Texan, June 2020.
The University of Texas System announces intention to launch medical school in Tyler, The UT System, February 2020.
Fond Farewell: Hundreds Pay Tribute to Retired Judge James Carlow, The Texarkana Gazette, October 2019.
Official: Grants ‘are game-changers’ | Workforce Commission leader delivers funds to college, area paper mill for career training. The Texarkana Gazette, October 2019.
Education: A Key to Success: With His Background as a Public School Administrator, Representative Gary VanDeaver Values Education and Advocates for Public Education Every Chance He Gets, Four States Living Magazine, August 2019.
State Leaders Express Worry Ahead of US-Mexico’s Tarriff Suspension Agreement, KXAN News Austin, June 2019.
Legislative Breakfast – Texarkana USA Chamber of Commerce, July 2019.
A&M Dedicates Soccer Field, The Texarkana Gazette, March 2019.
Does STAAR Text Texas Students at a Too High Grade Level? The Texas Tribune, March 2019.
Legislators Tour A&M-Texarkana, The Texarkana Gazette, February 2019.
INSIGHT – Winter 2018 by Texas Association of School Administrators, Issuu, January 2019.
The Bills NE Texas’ State Lawmakers Have Filed for 2019, 88.9 KETR, December 2018.
Tallant, VanDeaver, PJC Distinguished Alumni, KSST, November 2018.
Campbell Soup and PJC partner for $499,984 Job-Training Grant, eParis Extra, May 2018.
Livestream: A Conversation with Reps. Chris Paddie & Gary VanDeaver. The Texas Tribune, August 2017.
House Education Leaders won’t Budge on School Finance, Private School Choice, The Texas Tribune via Fort Worth Business, June 2017.
Abbott Signs Bill Cracking Down on Texas’ ‘statewide plague’ of Improper Student-Teacher Relationships, The Dallas Morning News, May 2017.
In Private Meeting, Sid Miller Says Hog Poison Safeguard not ‘doable.’ The Texas Tribune, May 2017.
Texas Begins Efforts to Slash STAAR Testing for Students, The Dallas Morning News, May 2017.
Texas House passes bill on inappropriate teacher-student relationships, The Texas Tribune, May 2017.
House easily passes bill overhauling school ratings, The Texas Tribune, May 2017.
School vouchers, rising in many GOP states, flounder in Texas, The Spokesman-Review, April 2017.
Dan Patrick asked for a House vote on school choice. He got it., The Texas Tribune, April 2017.
VanDeaver, Lavender Face Off Again in NE Texas House Race, The Texas Tribune, February 2016.
Mayo Manufacturing, JCM Industries Partner with Texarkana College for $237,697 in Job-Training Grants, Texas Workforce Press Release, January 2016.
Analysis: Familiar Incumbents and Familiar Challengers, Too, The Texas Tribune, December 2015.
A&M Texarkana Honors Legislators at Reception, TXKToday, September 2015.
VanDeaver, House Move to End High-Stakes Writing Tests, 88.9 KETR, April 2015.
VanDeaver Files Legislation for Bowie County Medical Fund, TXK Today, March 2015.
Texas House Committee Passes Open Carry for Concealed License Holders — Campus Carry on Hold, Breitbart, March 2015.
2014 (Elected November 2014)
Fresh Faces of the Texas Legislature, The Texas Tribune, November 2014.
Republican Sweep, KERA News, November 2014.


“Father, we know we face a long day today,” State Rep. Gary VanDeaver, R-New Boston, said, delivering the invocation on the House floor Thursday morning. “Father, my prayer is that when that clock strikes midnight tonight, that we would have given you reason through our actions today to say well done my child, well done,” VanDeaver said.

Gary VanDeaver, House Prayer, May 13, 2021.

I promise to the people of Bowie, Cass, Lamar, Morris, and Red River Counties that regardless of what I am faced with on this campaign trail, I will run a campaign that is characterized by honesty, respectfulness, humility, and integrity. As such, I look forward to healthy debates with my opponents regarding how we can best serve our fellow Texans.”

Gary VanDeaver, Campaign Announcement, November 10, 2021.

“I can’t help but think back to the time when I first came here [Texas A&M Texarkana] and saw just two buildings standing. Now I see a flourishing university campus.”

Gary VanDeaver, at dedication of new Texas A&M University- Texarkana soccer field, March 30, 2019.

“I am opposed to defunding police departments and believe it is very reckless to even discuss such action.”

Gary VanDeaver, The Texan, June 14, 2019.

“Having a skilled workforce is essential to the Texas economy. The customized training provided through these partnerships will allow local workers to advance their skill sets and further their career. We are pleased to make these investments to the Texas Workforce.”

Gary VanDeaver, Texas Workforce Commission, January 7, 2016.


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