State Rep. Tan Parker, R-Flower Mound, said the most recent legislative session brought about some successes but also a lot of challenges.

"We did a lot of good things during our session," Parker told a crowd of about 150 people June 15 at a Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce luncheon. "We had a lot of challenge coming with the COVID[-19] dynamic, and it took a huge toll on our financial budget."

Parker said the Texas Legislature passed a budget of $248 billion to combat the economic decline that the pandemic brought. He added that Texas has been among the first states to recover from the downturn.

Parker represents House District 63, which covers southwestern Denton County.

He also spoke at the luncheon about some of the legislative bills he passed during the session. Those included a prison reform bill to help reintegrate nonviolent prisoners; a bill that bans nations such as China, Iran, North Korea and Russia from interfering within the state's technological trade; and a bill that allows reformed parents to get custody of their kids back after two years of rehabilitation.

Parker concluded the luncheon with a question-and-answer session. He said that the House will meet again in September to discuss topics such as redistricting based on the 10-year census data that will arrive Sept. 15.

"It is the greatest honor and privilege of my life to represent Denton County," Parker said, "I am honored to be out there and to do battle on behalf of our citizens."