Frisco’s newest state senator, Republican Drew Springer, said the state’s budget surplus and working “across the aisle” will be featured in the upcoming legislative session.

Springer spoke at a Nov. 11 Frisco Chamber of Commerce event to discuss his priorities for Frisco in the upcoming legislative session. He was elected to the Texas House in 2013 and represents District 30. District maps were redrawn following the decennial census to account for population changes, so District 30 now covers all of Frisco as well as Grayson County and parts of Denton County, such as Lewisville and Denton.

He ran unopposed to continue representing this district in the Nov. 8 general election.

“I ran because I wanted to keep the Texas miracle—the freedoms, limited government—for my kids the same as when I grew up,” he said.

As the Texas Legislature convenes in January, how the government uses its $27 billion surplus will be a key item of discussion, Springer said. That touches on property tax relief as well as school safety, he said. Other legislative priorities include economic development growth and border security.

According to his profile on the Texas Senate website, Springer has been described as one of the top three effective freshmen in the Senate in the past 20 years. Springer said being effective in this case means getting legislation passed.

“People look at big bills that we might have passed; it may have been the pro-life bill, maybe constitutional carry, but there's a lot of things that are important to our district that you have to get done,” Springer said. “And I think what that shows is you're able to make friends; you're able to connect with your colleagues, and it's really also on both sides of the aisle to be able to do that.”

To accomplish this, Springer said it is important to be friends with committee chairs and work with different political party members to achieve goals.

“The biggest thing is you've got to listen to the other side of whatever the argument is,” Springer said. “Don't get so protective of yours that you won’t also help somebody accomplish something for their district.”