U.S. Representative District 22 candidates talk health care, economy

Local election guide

Local election guide

Mark Gibson Mark Gibson[/caption]

Mark Gibson (Democrat)

Hometown: Missouri City

What would your top priority be, if elected?

My top priority is making sure that American families and small businesses get the benefits of our growing economy through increased grants and tax credits for small businesses. My opponent has ensured only the wealthy and corporations actually prosper.

What do you think is the greatest challenge facing your district?

The greatest challenge we face is that we have a do-nothing incumbent, who is part of the do-nothing Congress. We need actual leadership.

As health care costs continue to rise nationwide, if elected how would you work to ensure your constituents have access to the care and medications they need?

Congress needs to expand tax credits for small businesses and create caps on premiums to keep health care costs down.

Pete Olson Pete Olson[/caption]

Pete Olson (Republican, incumbent)

Hometown: Sugar Land
202-225-5951 (Capitol office)
281-494-2690 (Sugar Land office)

What would your top priority be, if elected?

My top priority is always to represent Texas-22 as my constituents expect me to; those priorities change on any given day. Initially, much of my time was spent helping constituents with Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance post-Hurricane Ike and fighting for a comprehensive space policy to enhance the great work being done at the Johnson Space Center. Now, the district includes a much larger energy, health care and technology presence. On the Energy and Commerce Committee, I’m working to strengthen our economy by limiting excessive federal regulations that hinder job growth.

What do you think is the greatest challenge facing your district?

That would be our exploding national debt. Four-star admirals have called our debt the greatest threat to our security. Economic experts say our debt is a killer of future economic prosperity. As a father two teenagers, I know our debt condemns them to a worse America than our parents gave us. That’s why we need a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This is the only mechanism that forces the federal government to live within its means the same way the state of Texas must.

As health care costs continue to rise nationwide, if elected how would you work to ensure your constituents have access to the care and medications they need?

Since “Obamacare” became law, it has increased costs, reduced patient choice and created burdensome federal mandates for health providers. I believe the American Health Care Reform Act is the best solution. It would repeal “Obamacare” and replace it with a competitive health care market that allows Americans to buy insurance across state lines and small businesses to pool together to negotiate better rates. It also allows individuals with pre-existing conditions to move between insurance markets. This plan cuts regulations and increases patient choices without new taxes or mandates.


The Texas Central rail connection from Dallas to Houston will feature a bullet train similar to this one. (Courtesy Texas Central Partners/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas Supreme Court declines to review high-speed rail case, freeing company up to use eminent domain

Texas Central, the company looking to build a 236-mile high-speed rail line connecting Houston and Dallas, has been given a big win in an ongoing legal battle over whether the company is legally recognized as a "railroad company" under state law.

Mayvenn opened May 1 inside Walmart at 6060 North Fry Road, Katy. (Courtesy Mayvenn)
Black-owned beauty tech company opens in Katy

Mayvenn exists to guide and empower women of color along their hair journeys and offer a one-stop shop for hair services.

More than 20 countries, including Denmark, participate in CETUSA. (Courtesy CETUSA)
Foreign exchange student program seeks host families

CETUSA is a nonprofit foreign exchange program for high school students.

ribbon cutting
Nearly $400M project to boost Houston-area water supply by up to 500M gallons a day

The project has been in development for over 50 years and broke ground in 2017.

Following Hurricane Harvey, debris lined the streets in many parts of Harris County. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)
After Department of Housing and Urban Development denies request, Texas General Land Office drafting plan to subaward Harris County $750M for flood mitigation

The Texas General Land Office now plans to subaward Harris County flood mitigation funding after the county was left out of recent Hurricane Harvey relief funds.

Harris County Pets facilitates pet adoptions, foster placements and more. (Courtesy Harris County Pets)
Harris County Pets temporarily waives adoption fees to control increase of population

Harris County Pets has exceeded its capacity to house its growing pet population, officials said.

Americans spent 44% more shopping on websites, including Amazon, in 2020 than in 2019. (Courtesy Amazon)
Surge in online shopping strains Houston’s distribution channels

Online spending in the U.S. was up 44% from 2019 to 2020, and transportation expert Bill Eisele said this uptick has put a strain on the region’s transportation system.

According to county officials, 40% of the $125 billion in damage caused by Hurricane Harvey took place within Harris County. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas General Land Office says it is 'not feasible' to request $750M in federal flood aid within 30 days

Houston-area officials ask for 30-day-dealine on the Texas General Land Office's formal request for $750 million in federal flood aid funding, but GLO says it is not possible.

Traditionally held in the spring, this year’s Wild West Brewfest will be in November at Katy Mills Mall. (Courtesy Pexels)
Wild West Brewfest returning to Katy in November

The Wild West Brewfest, an event featuring more than 100 brewers from across the country and more than 500 beers, will return to Katy this November.

Texas Central has signed a $16 billion contract with Webuild to lead the civil construction team that will build the train. (Rendering courtesy Texas Central)
Texas Central signs $16B construction contract for high-speed rail project

Texas Central could be one step closer to starting construction.

Ronnie Edwards (Courtesy Katy ISD)
Katy ISD announces new assistant superintendent

Katy ISD has tapped Ronnie Edwards as the District’s new assistant superintendent for school leadership and support.