I am a fifth generation Texan and a native Austinite. Born and raised in this stunning part of the world, I understand first-hand the independent-minded, can-do spirit that defines Central Texas. My heritage informs my purpose: the daughter of a strong dad and hard-working mom, I have always believed that if you want something done, you roll up your sleeves and do it yourself.
I’m running because I want to see results from the government we fund. I want our children – Gunnar, age 11, and Lilian, age 9 – to live in a world where people can hold strong beliefs, express them, disagree, and still love and respect one another. I want our civil discourse to be just that – civil. I want people to find a way to come together to forge a path for all Texans. And I want all of the things that make Central Texas such a wonderful place to live to remain strong: from a pro-small business economy to a thriving healthcare industry to world-class education.
My husband, Justin, also a native of Austin, put it well when he said, “You want to help people; you truly care about their needs. You want to listen, learn, and take those concerns to the big pink dome downtown.” He’s right. More than anything, I want to hear from you. If I am honored enough to serve as your State Legislator, I hope to carry the needs of House District 47 into the Capitol.
– Jenny Roan Forgey
Candidate for State Representative, House District 47
What Jenny’s Working For
Jenny wants all of the things that make Central Texas such a wonderful place to live to remain strong: from a pro-business economy to a thriving healthcare industry to world-class education.
Small Business Growth
Jenny truly wants the HD 47 small businesses to have her ear because if they don’t thrive, our communities die. Today small businesses in Austin face a crisis that is complex, from over-regulation, to taxes, to traffic congestion. Jenny will work hard to open up opportunities for small business growth.
There has to be a better way. Jenny will work with the HD 47 stakeholders to maintain the protected nature of Western Travis County while finding ways to free up transportation funds, decrease building delays, and get traffic moving.
Western Travis County is home to a large portion of Central Texas’ water supply, something that is both a privilege and a responsibility. Jenny will work with the regional stakeholders, including the LCRA, the various MUDs, and the municipalities to ensure that we continue to have a clean, continual water supply.
Access to quality healthcare is vital as Western Travis County continues to gain population. As the state representative for House District 47, Jenny will work with members of the healthcare community to ensure a healthy future for our residents.
House District 47 is the home to some of the state’s best schools, including the schools that make up the enviable Lake Travis ISD. The teachers and administrators in House District 47, from both public and private schools, need a strong voice representing them in the Legislature to secure their continued success.
Jenny Roan Forgey was born in downtown Austin in the days when Austin was still considered small. She grew up playing on Lake Travis and hiking the Barton Creek Greenbelt. When she learned to drive, the big 2222 hill on the way to Ranch Road 620 was the country, and Steiner Ranch was just that – a ranch! When folks talk about traffic problems, Jenny understands. Traffic is her number one concern because of the very real impact it has on all of our quality of life.
Forty-two years young, Jenny married her high school sweetheart, Justin Forgey, in 2006. He is a graduate of Westlake High School, and Jenny is a graduate of St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. Before that, Jenny had the privilege of attending Anderson High School, Kealing Junior High, and Doss Elementary. A product of both public and private education, Jenny believes that all schools can work with parents to give children the best start in life, and that the state government needs to do whatever it can to create an environment where wholistic learning – social-emotional, academic, and life-skill learning – is the goal.
Jenny attended Georgetown University in D.C., studied foreign affairs, and worked on Capitol Hill. But, Texas is home, so she returned back to Austin as soon as she graduated. During her twenties and thirties, Jenny worked in small business marketing and public relations and owned several small businesses of her own. The daughter of a small business owner, small business is in her blood. She will fight hard for the priorities of small business because she knows first-hand that small businesses are the true engines of our economy.
After working in marketing and public relations and raising her two babies, Jenny changed paths in 2015 when she and Justin received life-changing health news. Realizing life would never be the same, she rolled up her sleeves and decided to go to law school, which was a way for her to combine her love for public life with a need to help more at home. She graduated from Baylor Law School in two years – a feat that normally takes three – and got back to Austin as soon as she could.
Thank you for wanting to be a part of the great things we’re doing in this campaign. Supporters like you help me deliver results for our community and ensure we have the right person fighting for us in the Texas House. Thank you for your support!
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Jenny Roan Forgey Campaign
1005 Congress Ave., Suite 400
Austin, TX, 78701
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