On this week’s episode of The Texan’s podcast, Aaron Reitz, Republican candidate for Texas House District 47, spoke with Senior Editor Drew White about why he chose to run for office, the failure of the Texas Heartbeat Bill, and who he would cast as “Captain Texan.”
Located in the Austin-area, House District 47 was one of 12 House districts to flip from Republican to Democrat during the 2018 elections. When asked about his potential path to victory, Reitz stated “This district did not wholesale reject the Republican Party in 2018. It went comfortably for Abbott, it went comfortably for George P. [Bush], it went comfortably for Glenn Hegar. So it still has a Republican, conservative disposition.”
A Texas A&M graduate and member of the Corps of Cadets, Reitz served as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps and was deployed to Afghanistan for 7 months. After returning home, he attended the University of Texas Law School and practiced corporate law before clerking for Texas Supreme Court Justice Jimmy Blacklock.
Formerly represented by Rep. Paul Workman (R-Austin), Rep. Vikki Goodwin (D-Austin) now serves HD 47 and just completed her first legislative session at the capitol. As the Republican primary field is becoming crowded, Reitz is one of 4 candidates who have already filed to run for the seat.
Watch the interview in full below.
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Ben Billups is the Marketing Manager for The Texan. After earning his degree in Economics from Thomas Edison State University, he served as a policy analyst for Texas’ 85th Legislature and later operated an outlet for veteran investigative journalists. Ben is a native Texan, an award-winning filmmaker, and actively competes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.