As a political novice Jon E. Rosenthal pulled off one of the biggest upsets of 2018 when he knocked off 12-term Republican Rep. Gary Elkins to win the state House District 135 seat in what turned out to be a big year for Democrats.
The 57-year-old mechanical engineer has since proved to be an able legislator, willing to work across party lines to get things done for his district and the state. He also appears refreshingly free of the conflicts of interest that plagued his predecessor’s time in the state house.
We recommend that voters in this west Harris County district give Rosenthal another term..
Rosenthal will be on the ballot with Republican Justin Ray, the former mayor of Jersey Village, and Libertarian Paul Bilyeu, a Navy veteran and employee at Rockwell Automation.
Rosenthal and Ray both stress the idea of returning students safely to classrooms for in-person teaching and helping people and businesses get back to work. Bilyeu points to the Libertarian Party platform that highlights personal liberty and property rights.
“Health care and education have always been important issues in this district,” Rosenthal said. “The COVID crisis has only intensified that interest.”
He has been a strong advocate for strengthening COVID-19 testing especially in speeding the turnaround times for results so that schools and businesses can operate with more confidence and that real-time contact tracing can help stem the spread.
Rosenthal was named Freshman of the Year by the Legislative Study Group, a nonpartisan caucus that “focuses on developing mainstream solutions and advancing sound public policy that benefits all Texans.”
He was a co-author of the bipartisan House Bill 2195, which was signed into law and mandates Texas schools to have refined emergency plans.
Rosenthal said he was especially proud of helping open access roads surrounding the construction of the Texas 6 bridge over U.S. 290 in response to businesses worried about losing customers.
Voters were smart to entrust the seat to Rosenthal and they’d be smart to do it again.