LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - State Rep. Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin, stepped back into several roles when he returned to Lufkin and Angelina County after the completion of the 84th Texas Legislature in June. For starters, when he left Lufkin in January, his employer was Bank of America.
“Yes the formal acquisition has not occurred yet. But it's great to be with Citizens National Bank and my role here,” Ashby said about the financial institution, which purchased the old Bank of America branches. “My job basically is to go out and make sure our bank is serving our community here in East Texas, in this case Angelina County, and make sure people are getting the service and products that they need and they want.”
In his two weeks of being back, banker Ashby has moved into a new office and gotten a new office extension, which is an adjustment.
"My computer is working. I still don't have my voice message system set up, but I do have an extension now,” Ashby said while pointing around a nearly-finished office space. “But I'm still adjusting as I'm working to get my office settled here."
Right after the session, which ended officially on June 2nd, Ashby said he closed out some personal things - like his apartment and errands - and two days later, he was back in Lufkin.
"He finally made it back into Lufkin on Thursday. I saw him Friday morning,” recalled Linda Parker, who works as the District 57 director. “He looked horrible. That's the only way I can describe."
Parker chuckled as she recalled seeing her dedicated boss back in his home office. She told her boss to go home for the weekend and rest.
"He's rested now. He's kind of connected with the family. So it's really good," Parker said. "So it is a little bit of an adjustment to know that he is back. It gives me a little more of a safety net."
Ashby is truly enjoying being back with his wife and sons.
"There's is that adjustment period where the kids have to get used to dad being back in the house, as well as mom," he said with a smile. “We're having a great summer spending time together as a family. I consider it a privilege to serve others. But it's great to be home. There's no place like being back home.”