The Kerrville Daily Times: Rep. Chip Roy talks health care, spending, border security and the military during full day in Kerrville
by Louis Amestoy
He succeeded longtime 21st District Rep. Lamar Smith, who retired last year, and Roy fought through a huge field of Republicans to win a primary and a runoff before narrowly defeating Democrat Joseph Kosper in the general election to win the seat.
Roy, 47, has entered the U.S. House with a full head of steam, making a name for himself on border security and budget issues. In Kerrville, Roy receives an enthusiastic reception from an area that cast 75% of its votes for him last November.
“I’ve spent a lot of time in Kerrville over the last two years,” Roy said. “I’ve tried to even (be here) since I’ve been elected, but it’s tough.”Roy’s day featured a morning meeting with the chamber, a meeting with The Kerrville Daily Times Editorial Board, a Rotary Club meeting, various meetings with constituents and then culminated with a night town hall meeting with the public at Schreiner University.
During his morning meeting, Roy stressed his frustration of working in a Congress that has been immobilized by partisan fighting and intra-party fighting, especially among left-leaning Democrats.
“There is no place in the world where this is more activity for less productivity than Washington, D.C.,” Roy said.