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commented 2018-02-07 15:26:32 -0800
Dear Senator Whitmire, , I want you to know that I am enthusiastically endorsing you in the upcoming Democratic Primary. Prior to Early Voting, at each election I walk my precinct 037 in Montrose with my volunteers, distributing a flyer with my list of endorsements. You will be prominently featured in my flyer. I print and distribute these flyers on my own. If I can, I will also make a donation to your campaign. Please feel free to use my name as your enthusiastic supporter, and thank you so much for your hard work for the people of SD 15.

Very sincerely,

Bill Galbraith

Democratic Chair, Precinct 037

(713) 522-9972
commented 2018-02-02 10:42:40 -0800
Dear Representative John Whitmire:

As students of Bob Lanier Middle School, who care about the future of our education and our public school system, we would like to invite you to our Town Hall Meeting. This meeting would address our concerns pertaining to our schooling and that of all schools in the Houston Independent School District.

This meeting will be held on February 21, 2018 in the auditorium of Bob Lanier Middle School (2600 Woodhead Houston, TX 77098-1534). It will begin promptly at 10:15 and end at 12 noon.

Students have been working on their speeches for several months, and we would like you to come hear our concerns in the hopes that you can help us address these issues:

Excessive standardized testing

Overcrowded classrooms

Need for a curriculum with real life applications

Need for district-wide guidelines for the amount of homework

Lunch options

Among other concerns

Your presence at this meeting is very important to us. We appreciate your favorable consideration in this matter and look forward to your response as well as following up over the phone.


Nushana Huq

Student Representatives for the Lanier Middle School Town Hall Meeting
commented 2018-01-08 23:31:01 -0800
commented 2018-01-08 23:30:20 -0800
commented 2018-01-08 23:29:52 -0800
commented 2018-01-08 23:29:25 -0800
Re: Criminal Justice reform – Austraila

Dear John,

I had a fantastic criminal justice reform fact finding trip to the United States in April. Unfortunately I was unable to get to Houston. I just wanted to say that I am in awe of all the incredible work you and Jerry Madden did in Texas. Australia is at an unfortunate tiping point so we have a lot to learn from you all. All the very best with you ongoing efforts.


David Robertson

I met with the following organisations:

Public Welfare Foundation

Prison Fellowship

Addiction Policy Forum

Coalition for Public Safety

Families Against Mandatory Minimums

Justice Action Network

Freedom Works

Right on Crime

Charles Koch Foundation

Steve Teles – John Hopkins Uni

Vera institute

Pew Public Safety Project – Adam Gelb

Georgian Crime Commission

Southern Human Rights Centre

Jerry Madden – former Chairperson of Corrections in Texas ( congressman)
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commented 2018-01-02 12:22:37 -0800
Mr Whitmire i am writing this in reference to the Terrell Unit in Rosharon Texas. My husband has just been sent to this unit he is dying of liver cancer i am just going to quote what he wrote me in a letter.“this is the filthiest place i have ever been, in the prison system and i have been in a lot of prisons that texas has to offer. It is rodent and roach infested, no plumbing, no hot water in the chow hall, the trays and silverware are nasty, the walk in cooler doesn’t work properly it won’t even keep eggs. Everyone is fighting over toilet paper and bath soap which they give out on Friday it is now Wednesday night no toilet paper. These people here don’t care they just look at you and say i don’t know and laugh” Sir John has never complained about much since he has been there no need to but this time it is a health issue and like i said he already has liver cancer and his immune system is way down and i would prefer it if he didn’t die in there because of pure negligence on the part of the state of Texas. I have been dealing with Texas prison system for many years as my son is also incarcerated and although they deserve to b there for what they have done they in no way deserve to have to live like this. Dogs are treated better in the dog pound. I have been trying to get him out on medical parole because he has been given 3-6 months to live but as i was told they won’t let him out until he is on his death bed you will be lucky if he lives a couple days when they let him out if he even gets out before he dies. This is crazy our prisons are over crowded and yes he is in there on dwi he can no longer drive because of seizures, nor drink because of liver cancer and i for the life of me do not understand why he is not allowed to come home and die with his family it is not like he killed anyone or did some horrible crime rape child molestation etc please help me to get this prison unit at least up to health and sanitation standards and i would really appreciate it if you could help me get my husband out before he dies just in the last month they have found another grapefruit size cancer on his liver he has grandchildren he has never met and we have a 14 year old grand daughter that has lived with us since birth and how do i explain to her that her paw is gonna die in prison he is the only man (father figure) she has ever had he has taught her so much how to fish, clean them, work on vehicles, punch a punching bag, defend herself he really isn’t a bad person alcoholic yes but not a mean one and he needed help not prison please i beg of you to help me get him out for our grand daughter her best friend just shot and killed herself over cyber bullying and she really needs John right now i don’t know what she might do if he was to die in there i already have her seeing a counselor over all of this thank you very much for your time and consideration into this matter.



Tammy Rhodes

commented 2017-12-26 16:36:45 -0800
Hi John,

Just wanted to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas.

I’m from Vancouver, BC – but originally from Singapore. I work in Vancouver as a pharmacist. Thank you for all that you do in Houston. I appreciate you.

best for 2018. Victor
commented 2017-10-31 18:35:03 -0700
Dear Senator:

My name is Jim Freeman and I run a non profit called Conviction Yoga (“CY”). CY has been taking yoga and meditation into TDCJ since 2013. We are currently in 2 male units and one female unit, and will be starting at two more units in the very near future.

A colleague named Katie Cardenas suggested that I contact you. At CY we believe that yoga for inmates is on the cutting edge of rehabilitation. The discipline and self control that the inmates learn in our classes is ideal for this population. I would love to discuss our program with you in person.
commented 2017-10-27 09:44:52 -0700
1. Why is it that no on death row

2. Who made the Policies

3. Do you know there are Abuse, Discrimination and Retaliation to the Officers as well as the Inmates

4. Are you awae of how they promotes

5. Do you know that kitchen bosses little money on food so they can get big

bonus and also cook bad food

6. Do you know the sex vanderda that goes on in most or all the units

7. Do you know that one officer, once a Sgt. committed suicide as the result

of the rank abuse

8. Do you officers stands on their feet 8 hours 45 minutes to 12 hours with

only one 15 minutes break for the 8 hour 45 minutes and only one 30

minutes for the 12 hour shift.

9. Why do they have to touch officers and staffs booty and boobs in terms

of search

10. Regional Director for Region one, Mr. O’Hare said that, the mission

statement is a fake that we should not practice it

I have plenty to say but stop here for now
commented 2017-10-27 07:22:16 -0700
1. Why is it that no on death row

2. Who made the Policies

3. Do you know there are Abuse to the Officers as well as the Inmates

4. Are you awae of how they promotes

5. Do you know that kitchen bosses little money on food so they can get big

bonus and also cook bad food

6. Do you know the sex vanderda that goes on in most or all the units

7. Do you know that one officer, once a Sgt. committed suicide as the result

of the rank abuse

8. Do you officers stands on their feet 8 hours 45 minutes to 12 hours with

only one 15 minutes break for the 8 hour 45 minutes and only one 30

minutes for the 12 hour shift.

9. Why do they have to touch officers and staffs booty and boobs in terms

of search

10. Regional Director for Region one, Mr. O’Hare said that, the mission

statement is a fake that we should not practice it

I have plenty to say but stop here for now
commented 2017-10-10 14:02:50 -0700
Senator John Whitmire: I sent McRaven a letter in February this year. It included a package of info relating to a book currently being written by Raul Herrera, Vietnam Swift Boat sailor and active member of Swift boat Sailors Association. I was requesting that the Navy veteran would consider endorsing the book. Having received no response after three months, I called his office in May and learned that the package had been misplaced.

The staff person whom I spoke with seemed nervous and rushed after apologizing. To date, I have not received any commo from McRaven.

I’m not impressed and feel that he is a most unprofessional man in the wrong post at the university.

Stay on him senator. He’s not the person for the chancellor’s job.

The man is just riding on the coat tails of his alleged Seal Team 6 fame.

I lived in Harris County for 35 years until I moved back to San Antonio.

You have done a great job for Harris County residents.
commented 2017-10-04 15:06:35 -0700
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It is going to be donated to a charity for Our Savior Lutheran School at the end of this month. I will pay whatever the fee is . Thank you very much
commented 2017-09-23 20:24:55 -0700

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commented 2017-06-25 07:59:07 -0700
Senator Whitmire,

Thank you for passing the bill allowing correctional officers the opportunity to get their concealed carry license for $25. However, there was a community of officers that were excluded. Retirees. After serving this great state, first as a law enforcement officer for 15 years, then as a correctional officer with TDCJ FOR 20 years, I still have to pay $140 to obtain my concealed carry permit. Would you please try to correct this oversight? There are many of us that basically have given the biggest part of our lives to state service, only to be left out when it comes to programs that would greatly benefit us.

Thank you sir,

Ivis A. Teer Jr.

CO5 Retired
commented 2017-06-21 19:50:13 -0700
commented 2017-06-21 19:48:59 -0700
commented 2017-05-23 10:03:22 -0700
I am very disappointed in your vote for HB 3287 in the Senate. The bill was touted as a means to protect small brewers from big ones. But it’s only purpose and effect are to increase the control distributors have over every beer sold in Texas. It’s a government-endorsed shakedown of any brewer who controls more than 0.1% of the US beer market. Yes, 1/10th of 1% is now the ceiling of success before Texas breweries are required to pay distributors for the ‘privilege’ of selling you a beer in our taprooms. I may not vote for you opponents in any upcoming elections, but I sure will not be voting FOR you ever again.
commented 2017-05-22 09:50:46 -0700
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commented 2017-05-22 09:50:44 -0700
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commented 2017-05-11 12:33:48 -0700
Please OPPOSE HB 3859 if it makes it out of Senate committee. So many kids are looking for a home from the foster system and foster parents go through a rigorous vetting and take classes, etc. to qualify. Let these children go to a loving home without discrimination based on religion or LGBT.
commented 2017-05-11 04:17:57 -0700
commented 2017-05-08 08:42:53 -0700
Senator Whitmire,

Please oppose HB 3287. I cannot see any benefit to the public from this bill. The additional costs incurred by brewers will be passed on to their customers and will also hinder their growth as a business and therefore job growth. We do not need to be subsidizing distributors at everyone else’s expense.

Thanks for your time,

Donielle Cook
commented 2017-04-27 14:05:52 -0700
Please talk to someone with understanding of criminal justice system and kill hb 1338. This will make us a disarray state like California
commented 2017-04-25 08:53:26 -0700
Please OPPOSE HB 2249 School Vaccine Exemption Safety Deception Bill and OPPOSE INTRODUCED HB 1124 and SUPPORT CSHB 1124 To Download Vaccine Exemption Form & Protect Privacy
commented 2017-04-21 12:42:36 -0700
Dear Senator Whitmire,

My name is James Jeffries. I`m a Veteran of the United States Coast Guard. I am also an eight year Veteran of TDCJ-ID. I`m trying to hire back on with TDCJ-ID. I worked for TDCJ-ID for eight years from 1994-2002. I`ll be honest. I had a couple of disciplinaries during my time there but I was always a loyal employee. I really enjoyed my job. I applied for rehire in February and was turned down on April 10, 2010, presumably for past disciplinary history.

I used to drink back then and made some unwise choices when it came to my job. I was self centered and didn`t realize my potential or the opportunity that I had with TDCJ-ID.

I have been happily sober for 5 years now. I have a family and great friends and would not trade those for anything. I really want to go back to TDCJ-ID and contribute. I have experience and I have a lot to offer.

I have a friend, Major Shawn Pinney, who is the Major over transportation and he has told me personally that he would love to have me working for him in transportation.

Sir, I humbly ask for your help in rehiring with TDCJ-ID. I promise you that if I am given a second chance that I won`t blow it. I will be the best Correctional Officer I can be. I will promote and leave things better than how I found them. That is my personal promise to you. That is my word and my word is my bond.

Thank you Senator for your time.
commented 2017-04-20 09:37:22 -0700
Dear Honorable Senator,

Please vote DO PASS on SB 329, The bill:

restores the right of Original Birth Certificate access to all Texas adoptees with no restrictions or conditions

permits the release of the OBC to an adult descendant, adult sibling, surviving spouse, or adopted parent of a deceased adopted person if certain conditions are met.

contains a genuine voluntary Contact Preference form similar to those found in Oregon, Alabama, New Hampshire, Maine, and Rhode Island.

Please join Rhode Island, Maine, Alabama, Oregon, New Hampshire, Colorado and Hawaii in restoring equal civil rights for adult citizens who were adopted as children. Kansas and Alaska have always had equality for ALL citizens.

Thank you, Christina Harwell
commented 2017-04-13 12:21:17 -0700
Most Honorable Senator John Whitmire,

I am a Bail Bond owner is San Antonio, Tx and am very concern that my family business could be so radically changed by the pending legislation. I pray that you consider not only the plight of the Bondsmen but the back lash that will result in such changes. I will keep this communication short and ask for your generous consideration. I am available by phone in the attached information. (210-912-5367) i will eagerly await a response. Thank You

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