WATCH: Republican lawmaker’s kids dance in the Texas House


It may have been nothing more than sheerest joie de vivre, but it turned out that Emma, 7, and Logan, 9, would in short order have something to celebrate when they danced on the floor of the Texas House Sunday night.

The next day was the last of the 140-day legislative session, and the day their father, Dr. Tom Oliverson, would be named Republican freshman of the year by his House Republican colleagues.

Oliverson, an anesthesiologist from Cypress, was elected from House District 130, representing Northwest Harris County, in an unopposed general election. During the 85th legislative session he served on the Insurance, Public Health and House Administration committees.

Oliverson filed more than 30 pieces of legislation with at least 10 making it to Gov. Abbott’s desk. His notable accomplishments include authoring a bipartisan voter integrity bill that will crack down on election fraud in nursing homes. The bill was highlighted by Abbott on Twitter and was supported by Republicans and Democrats.

“I am very honored and humbled to be chosen by the Republican caucus as the best freshman of the 85th Texas Legislature,” Oliverson said. “I came to Austin to work diligently on the issues, and represent the people of HD 130 to the best of my ability. I believe the voters deserve nothing less, and I look forward to continuing this tradition of excellence in legislative sessions to come.”

Oliverson and his wife Jennifer, a certified teacher, home school their three children, and the Texas House proved a frequent classroom for Emma, Logan and older brother, Aiden. Aiden, 12, was not dancing on the floor Sunday night, but was back in the representative’s Capitol office.

“He’s more of a policy guy,” his father explained.



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