The public is invited to attend a reception for State Representative Jim Keffer and Candidate Kevin Downing at the Connellee Hotel in Eastland next Thursday, February 18th, from 6-7:30 p.m. Jim Keffer is a current Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 60, which includes Eastland, Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Shackelford, Stephens Palo Pinto and Hood counties.
A graduate of Texas Tech University, Keffer is president of EBAA Iron Sales in Eastland. He was initially elected to the House in 1996 and currently serves as chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee. During his time in Austin, Keffer has also served as chairman of the House Committee on Energy Resources, House Ways and Means Committee and House Economic Development Committee.
In 2011, Texas Monthly magazine named Keffer one of the “Top Ten Legislators” in the state. In 2010, he co-founded the “Debt Busters Program” for the Texas Republican Party, an endeavor that brought solvency to party coffers under the administration of GOP state chairman Steve Munisteri. He has been named a “Lone Star Conservative Leader” because of his pro-business voting record. Keffer has served as Eastland County Republican Party Chairman, a deacon and Sunday school teacher in the First Baptist Church of Eastland, past president of the Eastland Little League and is active with economic development through his local Chamber of Commerce. Keffer and his wife, Leslie, have three sons and two grandchildren. Keffer was first elected to the Texas House in 1996, when he narrowly unseated the Democratic incumbent. He will retire at the end of this year, having ably served the people of District 60 for 20 years. Kevin Downing is a candidate to replace Jim Keffer as District 60 state representative. A conservative businessman, cattle raiser and 6th generation resident of this area, Downing understands the challenges facing our small businesses, farmers, and local schools. He has pledged to support efforts to secure the border and water resources that farmers need to survive, and he promises to advocate for our rural schools, and defend our rights and way of life from big government mandates.
A dedicated NRA member, Downing will defend the rights of gun owners and fight to restore marriage as a sacred union between a man, a woman, and God only. He and his wife Clarie, a 26-year elementary school teacher, reside in rural Hood County, where they raised their three children.
With Jim Keffer retiring, Downing believes we need a strong conservative to continue advancing our West Texas rural values. Keffer has endorsed his candidacy.