SHEPHERD, TX – Today State Representative Ernest Bailes (R-Shepherd) announced his campaign for re-election to the Texas House of Representatives. As of 2017, Bailes has represented the residents of House District 18, an area of southeastern Texas that includes Liberty and San Jacinto counties. Hardin County and part of Montgomery County have also been added to HD 18 thanks to the recent redistribution process.
“Serving the people of the District of House 18 has been an absolute honor,” said Bailes. “While I am disappointed to lose Walker County in the redistribution, I look forward to serving the people of Hardin and Montgomery Counties with the same level of dedication and commitment. Now more than ever, the people of East Texas need a strong, conservative voice to defend our rural values and our conservative way of life on the Texas Capitol. “
During the recent legislative session, Bailes helped pass one of the most conservative legislative programs in history, including constitutional postponement, historic electoral integrity reforms, banning of the teaching critical race theory in our schools, supporting law enforcement and passing the Texas Heartbeat Protection Act. , the toughest pro-life law in the country.
“I am proud of my results for our community and proud of the many legislative victories we have been able to achieve for the people of Texas this session,” continued Bailes. “Whether it’s standing up for our Second Amendment rights, standing up for our current and retired teachers, caring for our veterans, or standing up for religious freedom, the people of this district can know that I will stand up and stand up for myself. will fight for what is right.
A longtime breeder and farmer, Ernest grew up on his family’s dairy and beef farms in east Texas. He grew up in Shepherd and received his BSc from Texas A&M University in 2004. After graduation, Ernest founded his company, Repro Select, a provider of advanced breeding services for cattle producers and white-tailed deer in the south-central United States.
Ernest sits on many boards and committees, including the San Jacinto Farm Bureau, the Texas Deer Association, and the Shepherd ISD Technology Advisory Board.
Ernest and his wife Courtney have been married for 17 years and have two sons, Cinco and Rigby. The two boys attend Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD, where Courtney is a schoolteacher. The Bailes family attend First Baptist Church in Coldspring.