Today, Representative Scott Sanford announced that he will seek re-election to the Texas House of Representatives for District 70.

“I enjoy serving as a citizen legislator,” Sanford said. “It allows me to live and work in my community while I serve as an executive pastor, but also the opportunity to represent our values in Austin.”

Representative Sanford has a proven conservative record supporting life, liberty, and fiscally conservative budgeting.

One priority for Sanford was authoring the Pastor Protection Act. Recently, pastors in Houston were subpoenaed by the liberal Houston mayor for preaching fundamental Christian values in their respective churches.

“Pastors and churches should not live in fear that the government will force them to perform marriages that violate their sincerely held religious beliefs,” Sanford said. “Five pastors in Houston were recently subpoenaed by the mayor for discussions that included biblical interpretations related to marriage on church property. Many faith leaders are now concerned about the threat of continuing government intrusion and infringement on these issues. SB 2065 makes it clear that Texas should remain a place where government respects the diversity of religious beliefs on these matters of faith and marriage.”

Rep. Scott Sanford is executive pastor at Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church in Allen. He and his wife, Shelly, have two children, Ryan and Lauren. Currently he serves District 70 in the Texas House of Representatives, and he is a member of the Land and Resource Management and the Juvenile Justice and Family Issues committees.