From Trayce Bradford– Texas Eagle Forum President: I have known Bethany Jarrell for over a decade and have watched her go from a bubbly pre-teen to a lovely, wise young woman. We connected very quickly because of our love for God and government. Bethany is a go-getter with a sharp mind and a smile for everyone. I have seen her pursue her passion for government through Patriot Academy, getting involved at her church, and she has excelled in speech, theatre, and debate. What I am most impressed with about Bethany is her willingness to wait on God’s direction. I am so excited to work with her this session and I am thrilled for each of you to get to know her as well.
Here are Bethany’s thoughts from the first day of the session:
I first found myself on the steps of our great Capitol in Austin at a young and certainly impressionable age. The awe that impacted me at age 9 has not diminished in the last decade and a half. After all these years and countless ventures to the Capitol Building, this was my first opportunity to experience the swearing in of the House and Senate. There was a hovering sense of expectation and optimism as people rushed about their duties. It seemed as though everyone knew they stood on the precipice of a new beginning, hopeful in their belief that this was not a day for politicking but one of celebration. The collection of legislators gathered to be sworn in, regardless of party lines or alliances forged over time, were in this day united in their resolute forward focus. As the families sat with their elected loved ones, I was reminded that this great state of ours, Texas, is only great because of the dedicated and steadfast spirit that brought each person to that room. The determination we Texans have to succeed in our attempts to fight for our beliefs, our families, and our friends was encapsulated in the moment the right hands were raised and the oath of office taken. Tomorrow will bring the healthy debates, the mind melting tension, as well as the subtle and not-so-subtle attempts to align oneself in a manner that will bring about the desired results, but for today, we are one. Today, we are Texas.