Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 - Local Lawmakers Ready for New Legislative Session
Tuesday marks the start of the 83rd Legislative Session, as much of the region will have new representation. John Raney has been District 14's elected leader for more than a year, but this will be his first session... Click here to read more
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - John Raney Re-Elected To District 14 Seat
John Raney has been re-elected State Representative for Texas House District 14!!
John wants to thank all of his family, friends and supporters who worked so hard on this campaign. John strongly believes in representative government and plans on representing the people of Brazos County with dignity and integrity.
Thanks again for all the support. This could not have happened without each and every one of you! Below are links to media stories on the big day.
Monday, Oct. 15, 2012 - KBTX First News At Four: John Raney Interview
John sat down again with KBTX First News At Four on Monday, Oct. 15 to discuss the general election for Texas House District 14. The interview talks about education, John's plan to get Texans working again and immigration. Help re-elect John Raney on Nov. 6!
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - John Raney Wins District 14 Primary
With 100% of precincts reporting, John Raney has won the Republican nomination for Texas House District 14 with 81.48% of the vote.
John wants to thank all of his family, friends and supporters who worked so hard on this campaign. This could not have happened without each and every one of you! Below are links to media stories on the big day.
Sunday, May 13, 2012 - The Bryan-College Station Eagle Endorses John Raney in Texas House District 14 Primary Race
"John Raney is a rock-solid conservative who understands the way politics works and has shown he is ready to be a fine representative for the district. The Eagle recommends a vote for John Raney for Texas House District 14." Click here to read complete story
April 11, 2012 - State Representative John Raney (R-Bryan)Joins the Texas Water Smart Campaign
(BRYAN, TEXAS) State Representative John Raney (R-Bryan) announces he is joining Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples in the Texas Water Smart Campaign. Commissioner Staples, along with State and local leaders, and a partnership of private businesses, announced the campaign last week that encourages households and businesses to adopt everyday habits to curb wasteful water usage.
"We have a choice to make: conserve water now or risk more job losses in the future," Commissioner Staples said. "Our recent historical drought and booming population point to an unavoidable conclusion; it's time all Texans take a serious look at individual water-use habits and find common-sense ways to conserve."
"I'm pleased to join Commissioner Staples in this effort and hope that Texas Water Smart will call attention to the critical need for water conservation in our State," Representative Raney said.
Texas Water Smart asks all Texans to Get Water Smart by adopting more frugal water-use habits such as:
- Watering only when plants look like they need it, keeping in mind most plants die from over-watering, not under-watering;
- Checking outdoor faucets, hoses and sprinklers for water-wasting leaks, and making sure to repair them quickly;
- Adjusting sprinklers so lawns and gardens are watered - not houses, sidewalks, or streets;
- Cleaning driveways, patios, and sidewalks with a broom or leaf blower instead of a hose.
Other recommended methods of water conservation include using watering cans rather than hoses and adding a layer of mulch to flower beds to retain water.
Inside the home, Texas Water Smart encourages shorter bath times, washing only full loads of dishes and clothes, and repairing leaky faucets and toilets.
April 4, 2012 - Texas Association of Realtors Endorses John Raney
(Austin, TX) - - The Texas Association of Realtors today announced its decision to endorse John Raney in his election to the Texas House to represent District 14. Making the statement last week, Chairman Joe Stewart applauded Raney's commitment to Texas homeowners.
"The next legislative session will be filled with difficult decisions," said Stewart. "That's why we need lawmakers like Raney who understand the critical role homeowners play in keeping our state prosperous, which is why we've pledged our full support."
"I am honored to have the endorsement of the Texas Association of Realtors," Raney said. "As small business owners, Texas Realtors make the dream of homeownership more affordable for all Texans and I will strive to help support this important goal."
Texas Realtors have championed a number of legislative issues enhancing the lives of Texans, such as urging reforms to the property appraisal system in 2011 and 2009, preventing a tax of $600 or more on the personal vehicles of independent Texans in 2007 and advocating for billions in property tax reductions in 2005. Read complete endorsement press release (.pdf)
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - Endorsement from Texas State Rifle Association
John received a letter today from Texas State Rifle Association stating that John's listing with the TSRA/NRA is AQ for the 2012 election cycle and is now shown as the endorsed candidate as he looks to be re-elected your state representative for Texas House District 14!!
John's participation in the TSRA/NRA allows TSRA members in House District 14 to know that he supports the 2nd Amendment, self-defense and hunting issues in Texas.
January 24, 2012 - Newly-Elected State Rep. John Raney (R-Bryan)Has Hit the Ground Running
(AUSTIN, TEXAS) Since taking his oath of office December 23rd, State Rep. Raney (R-Bryan) has met with those involved with the administration of the Texas House of Representatives, attended a very informative, enjoyable two-day public policy forum hosted by Texas Public Policy Foundation, met with Speaker Joe Straus and numerous members of the Texas House, and hired his Chief of Staff.
"I appreciate beyond words the community support I've received and I look forward to taking an active role in addressing the issues affecting the residents and business owners of District 14 and the State of Texas. I vow to provide a consistent, honorable, and conservative voice," Rep. Raney said.
Speaker Joe Straus recently appointed Rep. Raney to the House Committee on Higher Education and the House Committee on Land and Resource Management. Given Rep. Raney's extensive history with Texas A&M and its surrounding community as a student, business owner, and resident, he is looking forward to working with his colleagues and multiple state agencies. He will focus on investing in higher education excellence by aggressively seeking research funding and creating partnerships to bring jobs to District 14. By serving on the House Committee on Land and Resource Management, Rep. Raney will be strongly involved in government land regulation issues. He will closely monitor the management of public lands and will fight to limit government intrusion through the methods of eminent domain, annexation, and zoning.
Rep. Raney is pleased to announce that he hired Anna C. Hynes as his Chief of Staff. Ms. Hynes's career began in the Legislature in 1999 as an Assistant Committee Clerk for the House Committee on Corrections. She soon became Legislative Aide, then Legislative Director, then Chief of Staff for former State Rep. Pat Haggerty (R-El Paso). For the past three years, she was employed by Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt (R-Lexington), Vice-Chair of Land and Resource Management, as his Legislative Director. Anna has a strong background in office management and has built effective working relationships with various stakeholders and agencies within the Capitol environment. Anna will be a great asset to Rep. Raney's office.
Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 - Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC Endorses John Raney in House District 14
(Austin, TX) - Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC today announced its endorsement of John Raney for House District 14. In making the endorsement, TLR PAC Chairman, Richard J. Trabulsi, Jr., said:
“John Raney is an able and experienced businessman who is committed to conservative principals. He understands the importance of lawsuit reform in creating jobs and keeping the Texas economy strong. John will bring a sound and practical approach to the Texas House of Representatives.”
TLR PAC is the political arm of Texans for Lawsuit Reform, the state's largest civil justice reform organization. TLR is a bipartisan, volunteer-led coalition with more than 17,000 supporters residing in 818 Texas communities and representing 1,266 different businesses, professions and trades. Read complete endorsement press release
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - John Raney Wins District 14 Runoff
John Raney is the new State Representative for Texas House District 14!!
John wants to thank all of his family, friends and supporters who worked so hard on this campaign. We also want to wish Bob Yancy and his family the best as well. He ran a good campaign. John strongly believes in representative government and plans on representing the people of Brazos County with dignity and integrity.
Thanks again for all the support. This could not have happened without each and every one of you! Below are links to media stories on the big day.
Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 - Raney Receives Major Endorsement From Texas Medical Association
COLLEGE STATION, TX – Today, longtime Brazos County businessman John Raney announced that the Texas Medical Association’s Political Action Committee (TEXPAC) has endorsed him in the Dec. 13 runoff election. Mr. Raney is running to replace retired Representative Fred Brown in House District 14.
“I am so honored to receive the support of this influential group. As the largest political voice in the medical community, I value the trust TMA has put in me and this campaign. As the economy continues to sputter, I believe one of the biggest issues facing doctors will be continued cuts to Medicaid reimbursements. I think that strategy is shortsighted, and I will fight alongside TMA to make sure this does not continue to happen,” said Raney.
“TEXPAC and TMA look forward to working alongside Mr. Raney as we identify and implement better solutions to save the sacred bond we have forged with our patients,” said Joe Todd, MD, chair of the TEXPAC Board of Directors. “In a time of increasing change in the health care system, it is imperative that our legislators make educated decisions based upon input from their local health care experts and trusted advisors. Mr. Raney has demonstrated his willingness to do just that,” added Dr. Todd. Read complete endorsement press release (.pdf)
Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 - KBTX First News At Four: John Raney Interview
John sat down again with KBTX First News At Four on Monday, Dec. 5 to discuss the runoff election for Texas House District 14. The interview goes into John's strong belief in getting Texans working again and his plan to fight immigration. John also talks about the importance of education to the Brazos Valley. Don't forget to vote for John Raney, on Tuesday, Dec. 13.
Friday, November 11, 2011 - Remembering Our Veterans
On this Veterans Day 2011, I want to thank all the Veterans out there that have served our country, including my opponent. Thank you for your service. Personally, I gained valuable experience and met many friends that I will never forget during my 6 years in the Airborne Infantry-Texas National Guard. I also want to thank my son-in-law, Alex Scogin, for the 8 years he spent in the Navy. Thank you for your service, Alex. Veteran friends, feel free to use the graphic next to this write-up for your facebook page in support of me. I respect you all and thank you for your service to our wonderful country. God Bless Texas and the United States of America.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - We Are In The Runoff!
John wants to thank everyone who has supported him so far - as he has made the runoff for the District 14 House of Representative seat!!
The date for the runoff election is yet to be determined, but John is asking for your continued support. If you want to help the campaign you can volunteer and/or make a contribution today.
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 - Thanks To All Who Wrote Letters to the Editor (The Bryan-College Station Eagle)
John wants to thank all his supporters that have provided letters to the editor in the The Bryan-College Station Eagle. On Tuesday Nov. 1 there were 7 letters recommending John for State Representative and today (Wednesday, Nov. 2) there are 9 in support of John! You can click below on each day to read the great support for John from the community. And please - don't forget to vote for John!! Information on voting is listed out above.
Sunday, October 23, 2011 - The Bryan-College Station Eagle Endorses John Raney in Texas House District 14 Race
"John Raney is the solid choice for District 14. John Raney's solid, steady background, couple with his experience working with the Legislature in the past gives him an edge. The Eagle recommends a vote for John Raney in the Nov. 8 special election for the 14th Texas House District seat." Click here to read complete story
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - Raney Takes Part In BCS Tea Party Debate The Bryan-College Station Eagle
Two Republicans, a Democrat and a Libertarian took the stage Tuesday night at the first Bryan-College Station Tea Party debate for the District 14 state House seat vacated by Fred Brown. The candidates in attendance, including John Raney, fielded questions from moderator Mark Gillar on topics ranging from education reform to border security and property rights. Read Story
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - District 14 candidate John Raney wants to lead with integrity The Bryan-College Station Eagle
Raney said he takes pride in having collected the most campaign contributions from local voters. He had 97 individual contributions from people inside the district, 20 more than any other candidate. Read Story
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - Small Business Group Backs John Raney in Texas House District 14
AUSTIN, October 5, 2011 - The Texas office of the National Federation of Independent Business, the state's leading small business association, today announced its endorsement of John Raney in a special election in House District 14.
"John is the pro-small business candidate in this race. As a member of the NFIB/Texas Leadership Council, he is keenly aware of the issues facing small business owners," said NFIB/Texas Executive Director Will Newton. "His policy positions have indicated his support of many of NFIB's priority issues, including workforce development, job growth, lawsuit reform and changes to the state's business tax."
The endorsement brings the considerable grassroots support of Texas' small business owners to the Raney campaign.
I am honored to have the NFIB endorsement for Texas House of Representatives District 14, and I am looking forward to working as an advocate for the small-business community," said Raney. "One of my first priorities as an elected leader will be to work with NFIB to foster a regulatory climate that is flexible enough to ensure that our small businesses can and will succeed. Unnecessary, burdensome regulation is a small-business killer"
Small business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB will encourage its members to help turn out the influential small business voting bloc on Election Day. According to NFIB polling data, small business owners and their employees make up 43 percent of registered voters in America.
The National Federation of Independent Business is the nation's leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C., and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB's powerful network of grassroots activists sends their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America's free enterprise system. NFIB's mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.
Thursday, September 29, 2011 - Papa Welcomes His New Grandchild!
Papa (aka John Raney) pictured right with his new granddaughter, Kate, who was born on Sept. 21. Kate weighed 8 lbs, 9 oz and was 20.5 inches long. This is Papa's sixth grandchild and all are happy to call BCS home!!
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - Former Brazos County GOP Chair John Raney Files for House District 14
Bryan, TX – Today, longtime Brazos County businessman and former Brazos County Republican Party Chairman, John Raney filed to run in the November 8th special election to replace retired Representative Fred Brown in House District 14.
Consistent with his belief in representative, fiscally responsible government, Raney submitted nearly 650 signatures of support with his filing to the Secretary of State’s office. “Like my neighbors here in Brazos County, I think government at all levels needs to get its fiscal house in order,” says Raney. “I am running to represent the people of this district, which is why I decided to spend time gathering signatures and support for my candidacy. It sure beats giving government the hard earned money people have invested in my campaign.” Texas election law allows potential candidates to either pay a fee or gather signatures for a spot on the ballot.
Raney is a long time resident of Brazos County, graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1965, and Texas A&M University in 1969 with a BBA degree in marketing. John founded Texas Aggieland Bookstore in 1969 while still attending Texas A&M. The many years of its success are a testament to John's ability to run a small business.
“I am running for this seat because I understand the conservative values of this community. I share those values and I believe you need a voice that truly represents your views,” Raney said. “Too often the Austin politicians see employers as sources of revenue for government instead of sources of income for our families.”
John Raney has been married to Elizabeth for 37 years. They have two daughters and sons-inlaw and in September will be blessed with their sixth grandchild. The Raney’s are active members of the First United Methodist Church in Bryan.
Saturday, September 3, 2011 - Campaign Signs Have Arrived!!
Raney signs are here! The "Elect John Raney" sign team is in full force putting out signs around the community! If you have not already done so, please sign up on our website to have a sign delivered to your home or business. If you have the ability to get us permission at any businesses around town, that would be great. We especially need signs down Texas Ave, University and Highway 6.
Please visit our "get involved" page to sign up for signs! We can deliver and put them up for you! In the notes section, please make any comments about where you want the sign. Thank you for supporting John Raney for State Representative, District 14!
Sunday, August 21, 2011 - Elect John Raney Fundraising Event
Good friends Alice and Dick Hickerson'61, Marsha Varisco and Marilyn and Bill Youngkin'69 hosted a fundraising gathering for John on Sunday, Aug. 21. Many friends and supporters listened to John's thoughts on the issues, asked questions and discussed the best ways to win this election.
Video from the event is linked below. Click here to get involved with the campaign.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - John Visits With Speaker Straus
On Tuesday (8/16), I spent time in Austin visiting various business groups. I also had a one-on-one meeting with Speaker Joe Straus. The time was very productive. I look forward to being your State Representative. I will listen to the people of Brazos County.
Monday, August 8, 2011 - John Raney Speaks At Brazos County Republican Club
Howdy! Today I spoke at the Brazos County Republican Club monthly meeting today. I knew nearly everyone there since I've been active in the Republican Party since the late 1960's. I laid out my platform of conservative fiscal responsibility, getting teachers higher salaries, protecting our borders to the south and ensuring that Texas A&M continues to be a top university.
Video of the speech is linked below. Help my run for State Representative, make a contribution today.
Thursday, July, 28, 2011 - Texas Public Policy Foundation Luncheon
Yesterday, I attended the Texas Public Policy Foundation luncheon and panel discussion. This is something that any candidate for state office should attend. Lots of informative information was shared. Find out more about the Texas Public Policy Foundation by clicking here.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - Redistricting puts kink in election plans The Bryan-College Station Eagle
...The only declared candidate who doesn't have to consider moving is John Raney. The owner of Texas Aggieland Bookstores has lived in the same Bryan home for 26 years. Read Story
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - John Raney Announces Candidacy!
John Raney announced his candidacy for the State Reprensentative - Texas House District 14 seat at 11 am earlier today at the Texas Avenue location of Texas Aggieland Bookstore. A crowd of approximately 75 was in attendance. John believes his "business IQ" puts him in front in this race
Quotes from John at the event include: "We have to make sure that small businesses, particularly, have the freedom to grow. Taxation on businesses just stifles the economy."
"I don't have any political baggage...I'm here to do the work of the people with the citizens' advice and consent."
Below are links to media stories, media videos and photo galleries from the event. Help John as he runs for State Representative, make a contribution today.