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Future freshman legislator Schaefer finds his new seat

Wednesday, January 02, 2013
AUSTIN –State Representative-elect Matt Schaefer used the Capitol Building rotunda as an impromptu compass to direct him toward the House Speaker’s office last week. It wasn’t the future freshman legislator’s first time in the building, but its halls can turn even veteran legislators around.Schaefer’s secret lies in the star within the state seal on the marble floor of the rotunda. The top of the star and seal points north and Schaefer is headed west — to meet with Frank Battle, the speaker’s general counsel and a resource, to discuss possible local legislation and the legalities of hanging a loaned painting of Tyler roses in his legislative office.... Read More

Berman passes the torch to Schaefer

Wednesday, January 02, 2013
TYLER — Next week, District 6 Representative Leo Berman will pass the torch to Tyler attorney Matt Schaefer.“After 14 years and 45 years in public service, including the military and city council and Texas State Guard, I’m ready to retire really…and do my own things like playing golf and traveling a lot,” Berman said.... Read More

Politics, alcohol, elections lead the top news stories

Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Politics, beer and a pigskin-chunking phenomenon nicknamed Johnny Football dominated the Tyler Morning Telegraph headlines in 2012.In the wake of a landslide vote in November, Tyler area merchants looked forward to fattening profits from selling beer and wine, while the community got thinner thanks to a new Fit City initiative called Lighten Up East Texas.... Read More

Challenger Calls for First Debate With Berman

Friday, November 30, 2012
Berman, the seven-term Texas House District 6 incumbent, and his opponent Matt Schaefer, officially filed for a place on March primary ballots Monday. On Tuesday, Schaefer challenged Berman to debate.Berman, 76, is seeking his eighth two-year term. He said he was aware of Schaefer’s request but had not received a direct invitation.... Read More

Whitehouse Chamber Luncheon

Sunday, September 02, 2012
Whitehouse Area Chamber of Commerce members and guests heard from Matt Schaefer who is working toward the Republican nomination for the District 6 seat in the Texas House of Representatives during their quarterly lunch meeting on Tuesday. Schaefer took questions from the audience ranging from border security policy to education funding. Incumbent Rep. Leo Berman was scheduled to be present for a debate however the veteran lawmaker was unexpectedly hospitalized.... Read More

In HD-6, Berman Battling an Opponent—–and Cancer

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
After seven terms in the Texas House, state Rep. Leo Berman, R-Tyler, one of the chamber’s staunchest conservatives, told people in his district last year that he was ready to reel it in.The 76-year-old retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel said he changed his mind when he met the man who wanted to follow in his footsteps. Republican Matt Schaefer, a lawyer and a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, took his resume to Berman and asked for his support.... Read More

Candidates Talk State Education

Thursday, April 12, 2012
The teachers had the floor as they shared with and listened to candidates for state office during a forum sponsored by the Tyler chapter of the Association of Texas Professional Educators.The teachers spoke with State Board of Education Rep. Thomas Ratliff, R-Mount Pleasant; Randy Stevenson, who is running against Ratliff for the District 9 position and Tyler resident Matt Schaefer, who is running for District 6 representative in the Texas House.... Read More

Candidates Clash On Campaign Promises, Conservative Ideals

Friday, March 09, 2012
Mike Hutchins, 51, of Tyler, attended his first political debate Thursday evening held by the Smith County Republican Club at OneREALTORCenter.He was among more than 125 attendees at the second debate between state Rep. Leo Berman, R-Tyler, and relative political newcomer Matt Schaefer for the state House District 6 seat. The campaigns are among contested local races that concern Hutchins, he said.... Read More

Freedom, Texas Style Rally! February 23, 2012

Monday, February 06, 2012
DON’T MISS IT…….FREEDOM, TEXAS STYLE RALLY—A FAMILY AFFAIR!!!Come have some beans, cornbread and cobbler and enjoy music from “The Magills” and Meet Matt Schaefer!!EVERYONE IS WELCOME AND ADMISSION IS FREE!... Read More

Liberty, Not Labels…..

Friday, January 27, 2012
…stop asking conservative or liberal, Republican or Democrat. Start asking “more freedom or less freedom?” Answer that question first — before a new law is passed.I’m proud to be a conservative Republican and those labels do have meaning. But the field of freedom has been shrinking and it is time to change the conversation. On Thursday, January 19th I will meet Rep. Leo Berman in a candidate forum at 11:30 at Traditions Restaurant in Tyler. I won’t talk about which side wins in the Legislature, but whether freedom wins, whether people win.... Read More