LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – He's been in office four days and Friday afternoon he was back in East Texas talking to his constituents.
State Rep. James White (R) spoke to a full house at the Angelina County Chamber's First Friday Luncheon.
White told the crowd about his first few days in the Texas House of Representatives saying he's been voting his district.
He's been filing bills and said he's working to release school districts from state unfunded mandates.
He said lawmakers need to find a more fiscally responsible way to provide state mandated services like mental health facilities.
"What I believe we're going to have to do is tell conservative Republicans, like myself, we're not going to cut our way out of this and we definitely are not even going to attempt to spend or tax our way," said White. "One thing we're going to have to do is totally go in and re-transform government."
White also said he's working to eliminate property tax and go to a broad-based sales tax.
When it comes to education, he wants to protect classrooms and take a close look at non-teaching positions.
He said the biggest challenges will be addressing the state budget and redistricting.