State Rep. Tony Dale (R-Cedar Park) announced today that he seeking reelection to House District 136 representing southwestern Williamson County in the Texas House of Representatives. The district consists of the communities of Cedar Park, Leander, Brushy Creek, and parts of Austin and Round Rock. Dale is a husband, father, small business owner, Army veteran and public servant.
“As a Member of the Texas House, I strive to provide effective, conservative leadership for Williamson County,” Dale said. “I’m proud of the legislation that I have passed to address inappropriate teacher/student relationships as well as my work to protect children from online predators and to assist the victims of crime, especially sexual assault victims. If the voters choose to return me as their representative, I will continue to serve them with integrity and dedication.”
During his legislative tenure, Dale has consistently supported legislation to secure the Texas/Mexico border as well as crack down on sanctuary cities. He is a leader in child protection, advocating going after criminals who extort minors online or solicit children online for inappropriate purposes. During the recently completed session, he passed a bill criminalizing the possession and distribution of lewd images of children that are frequently used to promote child pornography. In late 2016, Dale was appointed by the Speaker of the House to the House Working Group on Child Protective Services Reform. In that capacity, he participated in the successful legislative initiative to transform the ailing CPS system.
“I’m a committed conservative, but I’m not afraid to work in a bipartisan manner to advance policies that are good for Texas,” Dale said. “I won’t compromise my principles when it comes to issues such as life or the Second Amendment, but, unlike what we see in Washington, D.C., we can solve problems when we put Texas first.”
Dale is vice chairman of the Juvenile Justice & Family Issues Committee and a member of the Environmental Regulation Committee. He is a former member of the Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee and the Energy Resources Committee. He is chairman of the House Energy Caucus and deputy floor leader for the Republican Caucus. The Hill Country News Reader Poll named him “Best Elected Official” in 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2013. He and his wife Mary Lopez Dale have been married for 26 years and their two daughters attend Leander ISD schools. They attend Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Austin.