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Pat Patton Interviews
Interview with Sen. Jackson, Rep.Davis & Jim Reinhartsen
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Tuesday, February 24, 2004

photos by Lynda GuidryMy guests today are Senator Mike Jackson - Texas Senate District 11, State Representative John Davis - House District 129, and Jim Reinhartsen, President of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership. Listen

This is a very interesting and informative interview that shows how closely the three of them work together to benefit our area and achieve their common goal of promoting the economic vitality of the Bay Area Houston Community, and NASA - Johnson Space Center.

Senator Mike Jackson was elected to the Texas Senate in 1998, and represents Texans in portions of Harris, Brazoria and Galveston Counties. He is the current Vice Chairman of the Senate Natural Resources Committee, and is a member of the Senate Business and Commerce, Administration, and Nominations Committees. He was was recently named Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Agriculture.

In November 1998, State Representative John Davis was elected to the Texas Legislature representing House District 129-Clear Lake. He is currently serving on the House Appropriations Committee, Sub-Committee on Health and Human Services and is Chairman of Budget and Oversight for the State Affairs Committee. 

In 1993, Jim Reinhartsen was elected as the President of the Clear Lake Area Economic Development Foundation (CLAEDF), which officially changed their name to the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP) in May 2003.  As a result of Jim's expertise and extensive experience in operations and program management, he established the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership as a driving force in the economic arena.

This interview has a Round Table format which allowed all of us to discuss a variety of topics that are of interest to the Bay Area Houston Community including President Bush's Vision for NASA, the Technology Outreach Program or SATOP, Redistricting, and the importance of the Ellington Field issues regarding Homeland Security, and the 147th Fighter Wing Base Relocation and Closure (BRAC).

What you will really see in this interview is the loyalty, dedication, and commitment that Senator Jackson, State Representative John Davis, and Jim Reinhartsen demonstrate daily. Their personal integrity, their strong belief in working together for the common good of the community, and their passion and enthusiasm for their jobs is the cornerstone of their successful careers. They are making an outstanding contribution, individually and together, to the Bay Area Houston Community, and to the State of Texas. One of the goals of my interviews is to focus on accomplishing dreams and living lives of excellence, and these three men are perfect examples of both. I am proud to call them my friends.

When I asked "what is the most important thing the Bay Area Houston community can do to support NASA/JSC", Senator Jackson suggested ordering the Space Shuttle Columbia license plate honoring the crew of Columbia. The cost is $30.00. Of this expense, $8.00 covers the cost of two plates and the other $22.00 is used by the Texas Space and Aviation Foundation for grants and scholarships to promote math and science. To order a license plate, contact your local county tax assessor-collector. In our area, call 281-486-5587. You can view the specialty plate on the TXDoT website:

To contact Senator Mike Jackson: The Harris/North Galveston County office is 281-334-0011. The Austin office is 512-463-0111. His email address is: To contact State Representative John Davis, call 281-333-1350. His email address is:  To contact Jim Reinhartsen, call 281-486-5535. His email address is

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