Texas House District 63 candidates: Tan Parker, Laura Haines

Republican incumbent Tan Parker is running opposed by Democrat Laura Haines.

Republican incumbent Tan Parker in Texas House District 63 is running opposed by Democrat Laura Haines.

Tan Parker is also running for Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. In his 2016 reelection, Parker ran unopposed. He has served as a state representative since 2006.  

In the last regular legislative session, Parker co-authored HB 10, which passed and now ensures health insurance companies offer mental health benefits in the same manner they other medical benefits.

Parker is focusing his efforts on promoting fiscally responsible government spending, border security, providing a stronger education system and mental health advocacy, according to his website.

Parker has received endorsements from the Texans for Lawsuit Reform and the Dallas Morning News.

Laura Haines, a 15-year resident of Flower Mound, was inspired by the 2016 election to create change, as she explains on her website.

When speaking to The Lewisville Texan Journal for an article earlier this year, Haines said some important issues to her are LGBT equality, Medicare expansion, women’s health and fully funding education.

“I have passion,” Haines said. “I have an earnest desire to do right and a willingness to fight for what’s right.”

Haines graduated from the University of North Texas with a bachelor’s degree in applied arts and sciences with a focus in psychology, behavioral analysis and social work.

Before 2016, Haines said she voted Republican, even having voted for incumbent Parker.

Early voting continues until November 2. For polling locations and times visit votedenton.org.