DeWayne Burns

District 58 state Rep. DeWayne Burns, R-Cleburne, announced on Wednesday that he will seek a fourth term.

Burns first won election to office in 2014 after former state Rep. Rob Orr, R-Burleson, decided not to seek re-election.

So far, no challengers have announced intentions to challenge Burns. The filing period for the office runs from November 9 to December 9. The Republican Primary will be held March 3 with the general election to take place Nov. 3, 2020.

District 58 includes Johnson and Bosque counties.

If re-elected, Burns said he will continue to fight for increased border funding, support of local public schools and retired teachers, tax relief and property rights protections.

Burns said he credits his constituents for his success in office.

“I spend a lot of my time meeting with various stakeholders across our two-county district,” Burns said. “From small business owners to teachers to ranchers and pastors, their input is critical in helping me understand where to direct my efforts during the brief legislative sessions every two years.

“Now that I am home, I will again start meeting with as many individuals and organizations as possible in order to share the details of our recent work in Austin.

“Local input and feedback abut what need to be done next session are my most important tools as I work to make sure Johnson and Bosque counties remain one of the best regions in the state to live.”

The recently wrapped legislative session saw major victories and historic reforms to the public school finance system, TRS care for retired teachers, disaster preparedness, border security and school safety, Burns said.

The session was Burns’ most prolific to date and included many local bill directly impacting residents of District 58.

Burns said it always has been and will remain important to make constituent services a high priority for himself and his staff.

Burns maintains full-time offices in Austin and Cleburne and an office in Clifton.

“As long as I’m a legislator, I will do everything in my power to ensure the state of Texas remains true to the Constitution and the biblical principles on which we were founded. 

“We have made great strides during my time in office to protect the life, liberty and property of all Texans, and it is on that record I will stand for re-election next year.

Burns previously served on the Cleburne ISD board of trustees and as president of the Johnson County Farm Bureau. He also served as a fire commissioner for the Johnson County Emergency Services District No. 1.

Burns and his wife, Jennifer Burns, have three children. The family attends First Baptist Church in Cleburne.

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