Senator Paul Bettencourt: District 7
First elected to the Senate in 2014, Paul Bettencourt represents Senate District 7, which includes portions of Harris County. He previously served 10 years as the Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector, where he introduced “Smart Government” at the Harris County Tax Office and developed a customer service-driven organization. His team created the first major online property tax payment system and the first county tax office website with online automotive registration in Texas. (His motto was “Get on-line, not in-line.”)
In his first legislative session, Senator Bettencourt served as the chief Senate sponsor on 25 bills that the Legislature approved, including his amendment to SB 1760 that requires a 60% supermajority within a taxing jurisdiction to increase property taxes and has already prevented Dallas ISD from imposing a $100 million tax increase on its taxpayers. Senator Bettencourt also led the passage of the Andrea Sloan “Right to Try” bill, which allows terminally ill Texas patients access to drugs still in the FDA approval pipeline, and SB 1004, which expanded dual credit opportunities in Harris County.
Numerous organizations have acknowledged Senator Bettencourt for his conservative solutions. His work earned him the distinction of “Most Valuable Freshman” by Capitol Inside, "Outstanding Texas Legislator" by Vision America, and being called an “architect of tax relief” by Governor Greg Abbott. His leadership in office and the community also earned him additional awards such as the “Taxpayer Advocate of the Year” award from Americans for Prosperity, the “Hero of Faith” award from the Houston Area Pastors’ Council, and a “Pioneer” award from the Harris County Republican Party.
During the interim session, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick appointed Senator Bettencourt to serve as Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform & Relief. The Select Committee toured Texas and heard almost 50 hours of public testimony, discussing ideas to reform the appraisal system and bring tax relief to Texans, as proposed in SB 2, the Texas Property Tax Reform and Relief Act of 2017.
Senator Bettencourt also serves on the Senate Finance, Education, and Higher Education committees, and is the Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee. Most recently, he was appointed to the Joint Select Committee to Determine a Sufficient Balance of the Economic Stabilization Fund and unanimously elected by his colleagues to serve as the Chair of the Texas Senate Republican Caucus.
A graduate of Texas A&M University, Senator Bettencourt is the CEO of Bettencourt Tax Advisors, LLC, a tax consulting company in Houston that has grown to more than three dozen employees. He is also a radio and television personality.
The senator and his wife Susan are active members of Saint John Vianney Catholic Church, where Paul is a fourth degree Knight of Columbus.
[Press Archives: 2016 | 2015]
December 9, 2016
Texas Association of Business Numbers on Unfiled “Women’s Privacy Act” and Religious Freedom Bills are Wildly Speculative
November 29, 2016
Senator Bettencourt Responds to Overwhelming Cry for Property Tax Reform
November 29, 2016
Press conference regarding the pre-filing of SB 2, the Texas Property Tax Reform and Relief Act of 2017 - legislation relating to reforming the property tax system
November 28, 2016
Media Availability: Senator Bettencourt Files SB 2, Issues Interim Report on Property Tax Reform and Relief
November 18, 2016
Sen. Bettencourt Says Scourge of Inappropriate Student-Educator Relationships must be stamped out
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2015 Constituent Newsletter
| Capitol Address
|| District Address
| The Honorable Paul Bettencourt
P.O. Box 12068
Austin, Texas 78711
|11451 Katy Freeway, Suite 209
Houston, TX 77079
(713) 461-0108 Fax
District Director: Robert Flanagan
84th Session Committee Membership
District Analysis: District 7