Trent Ashby - Republican (Incumbent)
Trent Ashby is a two-term state representative who has championed fiscally conservative budgets, defended private property rights, and fought to protect rural values.
As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Trent was one of five House members chosen to negotiate the final state budget in 2015. He was the lead negotiator in the House on education funding, working to fund critical programs at our primary and secondary schools, and our state’s institutions of higher learning.
Serving as Vice-Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, Trent has helped lead the efforts to ensure our state’s water policies are sensible and support economic growth. He has played an instrumental role in funding our State Water Plan, as well as helping to defeat legislation that would have made it easier to siphon off water resources from East Texas and other rural parts of the state.
During Trent’s two terms, he has voted to cut property taxes, strengthen our 2nd Amendment rights, reduce the business margins tax, doubled the investment spent to secure our state’s border, ended budget diversions, and eliminated $200 million in professional licensing fees. He was voted “Freshman of the Year” by the Republican Caucus in 2013 and was recognized by Capitol Inside as Most Valuable Sophomore after the 2015 session.
Trent’s rural roots run deep. A native of Rusk County, Trent grew up on a dairy farm and diversified livestock operation. During his junior year of high school, he was elected Texas 4-H President, and his senior year he was chosen to serve as Texas FFA State Vice President.
A 1995 graduate of Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics, Trent bleeds maroon. While at A&M, he was elected to the Student Senate, Class Treasurer, and Yell Leader. During his senior year, he was also elected by his Aggie classmates to serve as one of three Class Agents, a position he held until he stepped down in 2005. He continues to be involved with his alma mater through the Texas A&M Letterman’s Association and Association of Former Students.
Prior to being elected as a Republican to the Texas House in 2012, Trent served as the first-ever Executive Director of the Texas Forest Country Partnership and then President of a regional title company. He also served for over 5 years as a member of the Lufkin ISD Board of Trustees, his last two as President of the Board.
Today, Trent is the Angelina County Chairman for Citizens National Bank. He and his wife, Nickie, live in Lufkin with their two sons – Garin and Grant. They are active members of Harmony Hill Baptist Church.
Committees: Appropriations, House Administration, Natural Resources (Vice Chair), Appropriations - S/C on Article III (Chair), and TRS Health Benefit Plans