Hilderbran Announces Campaign for Comptroller

August 20, 2013

Unveils First Three Points of Ten-Point “Performance Pledge”

KERRVILLE, TX – In front of friends, supporters and local elected officials, House Ways and Means Committee chairman Harvey Hilderbran, R-Kerrville, today announced he is running as a Republican for Texas Comptroller, unveiling the first three points of his ten-point “Performance Pledge” to the voters.

“I will bring new ideas for how we can use the Comptroller’s office to fight for better results,” said chairman Hilderbran.  “The Comptroller’s office is enormously important, and I intend to use it to protect taxpayers, improve services, ensure fiscal responsibility and advance free enterprise.”

Hilderbran has served for the past two regular legislative sessions as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, during which time he led the effort to pass more than $1 billion in tax relief.

“I’ve got a plan, with specific proposals for how I will carry out my duties as Texas Comptroller and fight for conservative principles and limited government,” said Hilderbran.

The first three points of his Performance Pledge are instituting a “rapid response” customer service policy, ensuring that the state pays the same interest rate as it charges hardworking Texans and helping protect Texans from IRS abuse.  Hilderbran will announce the rest of his performance plan over the course of the campaign.

As chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Hilderbran oversaw the Comptroller’s office and sat on the Legislative Audit Committee and the Legislative Budget Board, which prepares the draft appropriations bill and budget estimate for each state agency.

Hilderbran said, “I’m ready.  I’m prepared.  I have chaired the House Ways and Means committee where all tax legislation originates; it’s the same committee with oversight authority over the Comptroller’s office.  I don’t need on-the-job-training to be Texas Comptroller.”

The campaign unveiled a new website, http://www.HarveyForTexas.com.

Hilderbran is a 1983 graduate of Texas Tech University and was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1988. He lives with his wife Tracy and their two daughters in Kerrville. In the private sector, Hilderbran has extensive experience in real estate, ranching, advertising, business management, and marketing.