Image: State Senator Brandon Creighton, Republican of Conroe, on the floor of the Texas Senate.
Conroe, December 1 – The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper continues the tradition, which its Publisher began a year ago, by running a series of articles this month every three days listed the Power Top Ten, the ten most powerful people in Montgomery County. The Power Top Ten doesn’t commemorate the ten best people in Montgomery County, but the most powerful people who are actually able to accomplish political or policy goals. In other words, they can get things done.
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To begin the Power Top Ten this year, The Golden Hammer introduces State Senator Brandon Creighton as the Tenth Most Powerful Person In Montgomery County During 2017.
Brandon Creighton truly can get things done in his low-key, self-effacing manner. One of his strongest attributes is his personal style. It’s hard to find an enemy of Creighton, because he’s such a likable person. Despite his very strong conservative voting record, listed among the most conservative by most conservative “watchdog” organizations, Creighton has few enemies even among liberals and democrats in the Texas Senate.
Creighton had a very successful 85th Legislative Session. He authored numerous major bills which passed the Texas Senate, including a bill to protect the W.G. Jones State Forest (which died in the Texas House), the legislation to make the Board of Directors of the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District an elected board (which Governor Abbott signed into law), and Senate Bill 28 (which became law) to establish a revolving loan fund and to set up a supplemental fund for dredging and road construction around state ports, including the Port of Houston.
The Power Top Ten focuses on the ability to get things done inside of Montgomery County. Creighton’s influence and respect within the Texas Senate has radiated to give him the same influence and respect within the geographic boundary of Montgomery County. Creighton works well with elected officials in the County government, the school districts, and state agencies with offices in Montgomery County.
As an elected representative, a real estate developer, and a “go-to person” for the business community, Creighton has become a reliable source for help for individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. He’s been a reliable supporter of the rapidly-growing beekeeper community within Montgomery County and statewide.
Creighton’s service on the Senate Agriculture Committee placed him in the perfect position to begin to look at the malfeasance of the San Jacinto River Authority during Tropical Storm Harvey. His cross-examination of SJRA General Manager Jace Houston during an October 16, 2017, public hearing in New Caney was masterful and put many Montgomery County flood victims’ minds at ease that there was someone inside the State government who was addressing the problem of SJRA’s terrible handling of the Harvey storm. Please see “Senator Creighton Rips SJRA, General Manager Jace Houston: ‘I’m Embarrassed The Public Has To Hear That Answer,'” The Golden Hammer, October 17, 2017.
Creighton was a leader of the property tax reform effort in the 2017 Texas Legislature along with Houston Republican Senator Paul Bettencourt. The effort died in the Texas House at the hands of the Speaker Joe Straus, the liberal Republican who worked more closely with democrats than with Republicans. Creighton has also been very vocal in his criticism of local governments, such as the Montgomery County government, which have run up large amounts of debt to support their higher spending aspirations.
Creighton has found a formula to maintain his strong conservative principles while making himself accessible to individuals and businesses. He truly can help his constituents get things done.