Ron Simmons - Republican (Incumbent)
During his first term in the Texas House, Ron successfully authored and passed legislation protecting First Amendment rights and the integrity of Texas' election process. He also authored and passed legislation standardizing the treatment and coverage of autism spectrum disorder - landmark legislation that will lead to earlier diagnoses, better outcomes for individuals on the spectrum, and lower costs for insurance providers in the future. Additionally, Ron co-authored House Bill 2, a historical pro-life bill that increases protections for women and unborn children at abortion facilities. He also co-authored House Bills 500 and 800, two bills expected to bring almost $1 billion in tax relief. He was honored to be named the "Most Valuable Player" of the 2013 Freshman Class by Capitol Inside.
A businessman and entrepreneur, Ron co-founded Retirement Advisors of America (RAA) and continues to serve as its Chairman. Launched in 1991, today RAA manages nearly $1.9 billion in assets for families across the country and provides jobs for 35 employees as well as 15 exclusive independent contractors. In 2010, Ron was named one of the top financial advisors in the Dallas/Fort Worth area by D Magazine and his company has been named one of the top 30 financial advisors in the country by the trade publication Investment News. Ron has also served as a consultant to businesses in the areas of financial management, strategic planning, and as an expert on business related issues associated with commercial litigation.
Ron speaks and trains nationally and internationally on leadership topics through Equip, the charitable arm of author John Maxwell's organization. He has led conferences for Equip in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Bucharest, Romania and Soweto, South Africa. A member of the National Board of Directors for the Autism Society of America, he serves as the Board Vice Chairman, Chairman of the Nominating Committee, and Member of the Executive Committee. He is a Life Member of the NRA and has been a longtime supporter of the Liberty Institute which works to protect religious liberty, marriage, and the sanctity of human life.
Ron and Lisa are active in their local church, Prestonwood Church, serving in the ministry to young married couples. He has previously served as a deacon at First Baptist Church in Dallas.
Committees: Chairman- Transportation Sub Committee on Long-Term Infrastructure Planning, Vice Chairman- Business and Industry, Transportation, Transportation Planning
- Texas Homeschool Coalition
- Texas Association of Business
Cash On Hand: $287,510.75