The next Texoma Patriots meeting will occur on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at Buck Snort BBQ located at 224 E. Jefferson St. in Van Alstyne. The topic for the meeting will be “A Look at the Texas House of Representatives.”


Representative Matt Rinaldi of the Texas Freedom Caucus and Representative Scott Sanford of the Freedom of Religious Exercise Exchange will join those present for a post-session wrap-up.


“We have asked them to talk about their roles in the Texas House of Representatives. We are looking forward to hearing about what happened during the TX 85th Session and also what passed and what did not in the Special Session,” the press release stated.


Unfortunately, Rep. Larry Phillips will be out of town and unable to attend.


Representative Matt Rinaldi of House District 115 (Irving) was elected in 2014. Currently he sits on both the Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudenc, as well as the Committee on Agriculture and Livestock. During the 85th Legislative Session, he was elected to serve on the Republican Caucus Policy Committee. Currently Rinaldi works as a commercial litigation attorney while also serving on the board of directors of a publicly-traded real estate investment trust in the hotel and hospitality industry. He continues to be a strong advocate for limited government, personal liberty and free market policies, secure borders, 2nd Amendment rights and the protection of life.


Representative Scott Sanford represents House District 70 (McKinney, Anna, Celina, Melissa, Princeton and Prosper). Scott is Executive Pastor at Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church in Allen. Since religious liberty legislation is needed in every state across the nation, he authored and sponsored Religious Liberty legislation such as the Pastor Protection Bill, the Hope for Orphans and Minors Expansion act as well as the protection for Christian Health Care Sharing Ministries. Realizing that state legislative exchange organizations have abandoned social issues, he began the process of creating FREE, the Freedom of Religious Exercise Exchange.