Apr 25 2014
This week, I was delighted to congratulate the winners of this year’s Congressional High School Art Competition during an awards ceremony at The Art Institute of Dallas. This year’s competition included 41 entries from students representing 12 local schools. Prior to the awards ceremony, the Grand Prize winner and Runners Up honors were chosen by art instructors from The Art Institute, educators, and local artists. The People’s Choice Award winner was chosen through online voting on my website.
Madeline Lynn, a senior at Ursuline Academy, was awarded the Grand Prize for her photography entitled “Third World Reality.” Her artwork will be showcased in the corridor leading to the U.S. Capitol building for the next year. As the Grand Prize recipient, Madeline will travel to Washington, DC for the national Congressional High School Art Competition award ceremony in June.
Congressman Pete Sessions with Madeline Lynn and
Runners Up honors were presented to Maury Sheeder, a junior at Highland Park High School, for her photography entitled “Transition” and to Angie Reisch, a senior at Ursuline Academy, for her oil painting entitled “Syria.” The People’s Choice Award was presented to Aliana Layug, a senior at Lakeview Centennial High School, for her pencil work entitled “Patterns of a Face.” The two Runners Up and the People’s Choice Award artworks will be proudly displayed in my office for the next year.
The award-winning art produced by Madeline, Maury, Angie, and Aliana showcased their exceptional talent and I am very proud of their hard work. Students and schools interested in participating in next year’s Congressional Art Competition may contact Jennifer Lang in Congressman Sessions’ Dallas District office at 972.392.0505 for more information.
I also enjoyed meeting with several constituent groups, businesses, and local leaders this week to discuss the issues important to the people of the 32nd Congressional District. I have highlighted a few of these meetings below.
Commerce Street Capital 12th Annual Bank Conference
On Tuesday I had the opportunity to give the keynote address at the Commerce Street Capital 12th Annual Bank Conference, which was attended by 250 regional and community bankers. During my remarks, I discussed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – one of the most far-reaching provisions of the Dodd-Frank law. The CFPB is a paramount example of the government overextending its authority into the free enterprise system, which is why I voted for the Consumer Financial Freedom and Washington Accountability Act in February.
Congressman Pete Sessions speaking at the Commerce Street Capital 12th Annual Bank Conference
I also discussed the need to rein in government regulation that is making it difficult for banks to perform their critical roles in local economies. Banks are increasingly facing new rules and regulations that are creating unnecessary regulatory burdens that jeopardize their functionality. Regulatory relief will allow more banks to realize their full potential as catalysts for entrepreneurship, job creation, and economic growth.
North Texas Municipal Water District Pipeline Project
On Wednesday I visited the North Texas Municipal Water District Pipeline Project with Garland Mayor Doug Athas, Richardson Mayor Pro Tem Bob Townsend, Richardson Mayor Laura Maczka, Rowlett Mayor Todd Gottel, and Wylie Mayor Eric Hogue. We began the visit with a meeting to receive an update on the Lake Texoma Pipeline extension, ozone project, and blending operations. We also toured the facility to see the modifications that are currently under construction.
Congressman Pete Sessions with Garland Mayor Doug Athas, Richardson Mayor Pro Tem Bob Townsend, Richardson Mayor Laura Maczka, Rowlett Mayor Todd Gottel, and
Wylie Mayor Eric Hogue.
On Thursday I met with several leaders of the Wylie Independent School District to learn more about their testing and new curriculum. They gave me an update on their current work and we also discussed the impact of federal policies on our local schools.
Congressman Pete Sessions visiting Wylie ISD
Wylie Lions Club
On Thursday I also had the opportunity to meet with the Wylie Lions Club over lunch to discuss a variety of issues currently facing our country, state, and community. We talked about the impact of ObamaCare on our economy and health care system, the recent budget proposal passed by the House, and military issues.
Congressman Pete Sessions with Robert Mooney at the Wylie Lions Club meeting