Lake Dallas, TX – Today, Congressman Michael Burgess (TX-26) announced the winner of the fifteenth annual 26th Congressional District art competition. The art competition was open to public, private and home-schooled high school students residing in or attending schools in the district. Ms. Scout Streit, a junior art student of Kathy Toews at Marcus High School in Flower Mound, won the Grand Prize in the 2017 competition with her color photograph entitled “Allegiance.”
“This contest is designed to highlight the artistic achievements of our local high school students and to share the results of those talents with our area and the rest of the country,” said Burgess. “Scout’s work makes the 26th District proud. She is a very talented young woman with a tremendous gift.”
Congressman Burgess honored the finalists at a reception at the Patterson-Appleton Art Center in Denton hosted by the art competition’s co-sponsor, The Greater Denton Arts Council. The juried competition was judged by professional artist, Millie Giles.
For the sixth year, entries were submitted digitally by art teachers on behalf of their students. A “Texas Choice” winner was selected by popular vote in the virtual gallery on Congressman Burgess’ website. Ms. Ashlyn Brightly was the winner of this category for her artwork entitled “Blooming Wood.” She is a senior at Flower Mound High School and her art instructor is Jason Hyde.
In addition, the jurist reviewed the posted artwork and determined the contest finalists based upon artistic merit. She selected a “Best of School” Award for one student from each school based on her appraisal of their work. The Juror's Award was based on her appraisal of artwork that had a high level of artistic merit and execution ranking under that of the Best of School Award. These students were also finalists in the competition.
These 25 finalists delivered their artwork to be physically and visually judged for the Grand Prize and First Place. All of the finalists were publicly recognized at the reception by Congressman Burgess with a “Certificate of Congressional Recognition.”
As the Grand Prize winner, Scout will have her artwork displayed for an entire year in the U.S. Capitol and has the opportunity to attend the national ceremony in Washington, DC in June. The ceremony will honor the winning artists from congressional districts all over the country. In addition, Ms. Julia Adkins, a junior at Flower Mound High School and a student of Suzanne McLeod, won First Place for her photograph entitled “Children of Kenya.” Julia will have her artwork displayed in Congressman Burgess’ Lake Dallas district office for the next year.
“Congratulations are in order for Scout, Ashlyn, and Julia for their creative achievements,” said Burgess. “I was pleased to bring this worthwhile art program to the high school students of the 26th District and look forward to next year’s competition.”Read More
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) issued the following statement on the U.S. airstrikes in Syria.
“President Trump made the correct decision to take decisive action against the Assad regime. The event that occurred in Syria earlier this week is astonishing in its cruelty. The next step in this process is as important as the first. And before further military action is taken, it is Congress’ obligation to authorize war powers through the structure and debate of an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). This should occur sooner rather than later, even if it interferes with the scheduled Congressional recess. We owe it to our men and women in the military to provide clear and concise direction from the United States Congress.”
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) issued the following statement on the recent chemical weapons attack in Syria.
“The chemical weapons attack that occurred Tuesday in northwestern Syria is a shocking atrocity. The attack was reportedly carried out using the potent nerve gas, sarin, killing at least 70 civilians, including children.
"This barbaric behavior must end. The Syrian government has denied involvement, just as they did in a 2013 sarin gas attack that killed 1,300 people. Bashar al-Assad’s continued presence in Syria cannot be accepted as a political reality. A leader who allows the killing of innocent civilians is no leader at all. The removal of President al-Assad must be considered as part of any solution to this years-long civil war.”
Fort Worth, TX – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) announced today that he will host a town hall meeting on Saturday, April 22 beginning at 9am at Harvest Church in Fort Worth.
During this town hall, Congressman Burgess will discuss the important issues facing Americans and the work he is doing in Congress to strengthen our national security, stabilize our economy and make health care affordable for all Americans. Residents of the 26th district of Texas will also have the opportunity to ask Congressman Burgess questions.
WHAT: Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Michael Burgess
WHEN: Saturday, April 22 at 9:00am to 10:30am
WHERE: Harvest Church, 7200 Denton Hwy, Fort Worth, Texas 76148
The event is free and open to TX-26 residents only.
ONLY Press that wishes to attend MUST RSVP to RepBurgessPress@mail.house.gov.
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, was named by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as its 2016 U.S. Representative of the Year.A long-term champion on behalf of people affected by MS, Congressman Burgess is the founding Chair of the Congressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus. He has been a leader of the Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases Act (H.R. 292), and through his dedicated efforts in 2016 he ensured the bill was passed into law as part of the 21st Century Cures Act.
“As the founder and co-chair of the Congressional MS Caucus, we have made great strides in my tenure to strengthen MS research and improve the lives of those living with this devastating disease. I am honored to be recognized as the MS Society’s 2016 Representative of the Year and remain committed to breaking down barriers to make MS therapies more affordable,” said Burgess.
“Representative Burgess has changed the landscape of Capitol Hill’s understanding and commitment to people with MS,” said National MS Society President and CEO Cyndi Zagieboylo. “From his founding of the Congressional MS Caucus in 2007, to his impactful work on the 21st Century Cures Act, the congressman’s leadership is critical to helping us reach a world free of MS.”
The National MS Society presented Congressman Burgess with the U.S. Representative of the Year award during its 26th annual Public Policy Conference, held March 20-22. The event convened nearly 300 MS activists from across the country in Washington, D.C. to educate elected officials about the needs of people affected by MS.
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After spending nearly three decades practicing medicine in North Texas I have served the constituents of the 26th District since 2003 in the United States House of Representatives.
I currently serve on the prestigious House Energy and Commerce Committee and in the 113th Congress, 2013 and 2014, will serve as the Vice Chairman of both the Subcommittee on Health and the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, and as a member of the Energy and Power Subcommittee. In addition, I am a member of the Rules Committee and the Helsinki Commission. In 2009, I founded, and currently serve as Co-Chair of the Congressional Health Caucus.
Because of my medical background, I have been a strong advocate for health care legislation aimed at reducing health care costs, improving choices, reforming liability laws to put the needs of patients first, and ensuring there are enough doctors in the public and private sector to care for America’s patients and veterans. I have played an important role in bipartisan efforts to ensure the safety of food, drugs, and consumer products, and have introduced legislation to strengthen our ability to stop dangerous products from coming into the country.
As a Member of Congress representing one of the fastest growing areas of the country, transportation is also a top priority. In 2005, I successfully amended the Highway Bill to include development credits, design-build, and environmental streamlining. During my time on Capitol Hill, I have worked to build, maintain, and improve the safety of our roads, bridges, air service, and transit in the North Texas region.
A fiscal conservative, I believe Americans deserve a federal government that is more efficient, effective, less costly, and always transparent. I follow a strict adherence to the Constitution, and oppose unnecessary expansion of the federal government’s control over Americans’ personal freedoms. Instead, I believe in giving people more control over their lives and their money.
During my time on Capitol Hill, I have earned a reputation as a problem-solver who seeks sensible solutions to the challenges Americans face and have received several awards including: the Guardian of Small Business award by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB); the Spirit of Enterprise award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and the Taxpayer Hero award from the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste; among others.
Today, I represent the majority of Denton County, and parts of Dallas County and Tarrant County. I was raised in Denton, and attended The Selwyn School, graduating in 1968 as valedictorian. In addition, I graduated with both an undergraduate and a master’s degree from North Texas State University, now the University of North Texas.
I received my M.D. from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, and completed my residency programs at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. I also received a master’s degree in Medical Management from the University of Texas at Dallas, and in May of 2009 was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Public Service from the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center.
My wife, Laura, and I have been married for 39 years. We have three children and two grandsons.
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