November Legislative Update: Jeff Leach
Nov 18, 2021 - 11:00 AM (CT) - Hackberry Country Club, 1901 W Royal Ln, Irving, TX 75063
Hosted by Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
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State Representative Jeff Leach proudly serves the citizens of House District 67, consisting of portions of Plano, Allen, Richardson and Dallas in Collin County. Now serving in his fifth term, Representative Leach has consistently proven himself to be a committed conservative and effective leader in the Texas Capitol and has worked tirelessly to ensure that Texas remains strong for future generations.
For the 87th Legislative Session, Representative Leach was appointed by Speaker Dade Phelan to serve a second-term as Chairman of the of the House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence. Additionally, he was selected to serve on the House Committee on Juvenile Justice and Family Issues. During his first term as Chairman of the major House committee with oversight over the Texas justice system, Jeff worked to improve our state’s judiciary and advance sound reforms to civil practice and procedure. Specifically, he successfully authored legislation giving Texas judges a much-needed pay raise without raising legislator pensions, bolstered our state’s judiciary with the creation of 17 new courts across the state – including two in Collin County – and implemented various reforms to improve access to courts and consolidate court fees to promote fairness and transparency.
Over the years, Jeff has worked diligently to tackle our state’s skyrocketing property taxes while making historic investments in and reforms to public education. In 2019, he authored and passed the landmark legislation giving way to “Proposition 4” - the constitutional amendment banning the imposition of a state income tax on individuals. Jeff has also worked tirelessly to advance legislation to safeguard religious freedom, protect innocent life, guard free speech rights, advocate for victims of sexual abuse and assault, fully eliminate the rape kit backlog in Texas, support our law enforcement and attack the heinous crime of human trafficking, adopt significant school safety reforms, and advance smart, free-market policies to ensure that the Texas economy remains robust.
Born and raised in Plano, Representative Leach graduated from Plano Senior High before attending Baylor University. He earned his law degree from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law, and currently practices at the law firm of Gray Reed & McGraw LLP in Dallas. Named a “Rising Star” by Texas Super Lawyer, Jeff specializes in complex commercial and civil litigation, construction law and real estate. Most recently, Representative Leach was named as a "Friend of the Judiciary" by the State Bar of Texas and was recognized as a "2019 Legislator of the Year" by the Texas Civil Justice League. Jeff serves on the Board of Trustees for Houston Baptist University , on the Texas Judicial Council and as a board member of the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute. In January 2021, he was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of the Prestonwood Pregnancy Center. Jeff and his wife Becky, a speaker, writer and artist, are the proud parents of Brady (age 12), Charlotte (age 10) and Landry (age 6). In addition to service with numerous other community organizations, Jeff and Becky are active members of Prestonwood Baptist Church, where they have served for several years in the Young Families Ministry.