The city of Keller's efforts to become the most family-friendly city in Texas were recognized by U.S. Rep. Beth Van Duyne, R-Irving, at the U.S. Capitol.

Van Duyne represents Texas’ 24th congressional district, which includes portions of Tarrant, Denton and Dallas counties. On Sept. 28, Van Duyne spoke on the House of Representatives floor with prepared remarks to recognize the city’s mission. The occasion prompted Keller Mayor Armin Mizani and Keller City Manager Mark Hafner to travel to Washington D.C.

In her remarks, Van Duyne said Keller’s history of persevering “frontier settlers and the golden age of railroads” lives on in Keller and is shown in the community’s entrepreneurs, businesses, parks and trails, schools, city facilities and programs.

Van Duyne also noted that Keller is often listed as one of the “safest” and “best” places to live in the country. She said it has invited this recognition by serving citizens at every life stage, “from young families buying their first homes to empty-nesters who cannot imagine living anywhere else.”

“In that effort, Keller’s City Council recognizes the importance of fighting on behalf of taxpayers, attracting experiential economic development, prioritizing the community's roads and sidewalks, and ensuring public safety by supporting its unparalleled first responders,” Van Duyne said.

In a newsletter from Mizani on Oct. 10 about the recognition, he wrote that the City Council set and sought to accomplish its goal of becoming the most family-friendly city in Texas this year by bringing tax relief, ensuring public safety, investing in infrastructure improvements, making plans to refine civic amenities and increasing transparency at town hall.

While at the capitol, Mizani and Hafner also met with Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville, who represents Texas’ 26th congressional district covering most of Denton County and portions of Tarrant County. Mizani wrote that they met with Burgess to “discuss federal legislation that could be impacting communities like Keller.”

“We are thankful for both representatives and the work they do representing Keller in Washington[, D.C.],” Mizani wrote. “Keller’s future is looking bright, and I’m grateful for my colleagues on the council, our devoted staff, and most importantly, the 46,000 residents we serve.”