‘Keep Rural Texas Rural’
Raised in Palestine, State Representative Cody Harris was recently sworn into his third term of office at the State Capitol.
With his wife, Taylor, and four children – Cooper, Grayson, Turner, and Chloe – by his side, Rep. Harris has been a dedicated friend to the rural community with his plea to ‘Keep Rural Texas Rural’. Harris has championed the prevention of the Texas Bullet Train project.
Harris’s agricultural constituents are personal for him. To overcome the tremendous loss during the 1980’s banking and oil collapse, the Harris family leased a 100-acre tract of land outside Palestine and planted a crop of watermelon, corn, cucumbers, and cantaloupe. They sold the produce on the side of the road to make ends meet and eventually recovered.
Harris stated in a post on his personal facebook page, “As for many Texans, the past year has been tough on feed store owners, farmers, and ranchers who have struggled with high prices. We need a positive shift for the Ag community, which is why I have filed House Bill 623 to exempt animal feed as taxable personal property and, in turn, help soften up pricing. It’s time to get government out of the way and empower Texans who are trying to make an honest living. This bill is one way I’ll be working this session to do just that.”
In an interview with NavCo in 2021, Harris stated, “The proposed electric high-speed rail is designed to make travel between Dallas and Houston smoother and faster. The rail will require additional funding and potentially appears to be more costly than originally planned. Requiring state and federal funding, the costs are skyrocketing.”
As State Representative, Cody’s priorities include securing the border, strengthening public schools, protecting farmers and ranchers and private property owner rights, lowering property taxes, shrinking the size of government and fighting for pro-life and pro-family values. Harris was also instrumental in the passing of several bills since entering his office, including issues such as Pro-Life, Constitutional Carry, and the Border Wall.
His conservative values were taught since birth with his deep Texas House District 8 roots. After the era of the Civil War, his family settled in Freestone County.
Since graduation from Texas A&M University, Harris has operated Liberty Land & Ranch in Palestine, a statewide real estate brokerage firm.
He is an active member of the Texas Association of Realtors, Texas Farm Bureau, Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership Program (TALL), and lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.
Representative Cody Harris has recently joined in the COVID vaccine debate on a state level, supporting HB1313, with Rep. Dustin Burrows. Harris stated, “The public’s confidence in the FDA has been severely eroded due to the Biden administration’s ill-informed and inconsistent response to the pandemic. We are well beyond the initial unknowns of Covid-19, and it is far time that Texans are given reliable information and guidance that they can trust. Texas has proven that it is much better equipped to protect the safety of its citizens. This is why I strongly support HB 1313 by Rep. Dustin Burrows for Texas to empower the State of Texas, under our Department of State Health Services, to conduct its own study of the adverse reactions and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines.”
Last Thursday, Harris voted for a House rule to stop “walkouts” aimed at breaking quorum and impeding the work of the Texas House of Representatives. He stated, “The new rule will impose a $500 daily fine, and possibly result in censure or expulsion from office, and cannot be paid from state office budgets or campaign funds. This will ensure the elected official is personally penalized for failing to uphold his or her duties in the House, while protecting taxpayers.”
Harris and his team have an office in Palestine and in Austin and encourage all citizens of House District 8 to stop in and visit.