I am Tami Walker and I’m running for U.S. Congress, Texas-10. I am a native Texan from a small town called Shamrock. I graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and then a Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.
I have over 28 years of experience in various industries relevant to our state’s energy, infrastructure, and engineering fields, including oil and gas, transportation, telecommunications and wind power generation. I have served in different legal and executive capacities in both Austin and Houston and believe that my experience working with various state and Federal Agencies, such as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Transportation, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Public Utility Commission, has prepared me for this opportunity to serve as your next U.S. Representative for the Texas 10th Congressional District.
I am married to my best friend and partner in life, Sam Gowdy. Together we have three young adult children attending the University of Southern California, George Mason University and a recent graduate from Louisiana State University. My husband and I are beyond proud of our childrens’ accomplishments and we both understand the importance that families have on our society. I also understand the sacrifices that many parents – married and single – face. As a woman with a career, I always did my best to remain active in my family’s life. I was a member of the Cinco Ranch High School Theater Booster Club while my daughter was in school and at the same time, I took care of my mother, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for eight years, until she passed away in 2016. These painful experiences that I faced with my own mother, helped me realize that safe and affordable healthcare is crucial in order to take care of our elderly. In addition, raising a family in today’s competitive world has shown me the importance of a well-rounded education for all children. And lastly, my experiences have taught me that as a working parent it is of utmost importance to have access to excellent and affordable child care.
I am running for office because I am unhappy with the direction the country has taken. I believe we have a duty to protect our children and elderly; to take care of our planet and endangered animals; and to make sure ALL people are treated with respect and equality. I believe that everyone – especially children – has a right to affordable healthcare; I believe that a woman’s health choice should be HER decision and not the government’s; I believe we also need access to safe food and water; I strongly believe in equal pay for equal work; and I also believe that people should marry who they want to marry no matter the race, sex, or religion.
It’s time that we force our Lawmakers to live up to a higher standard of ethics and integrity. There must be campaign finance reform to promote transparency and limitations on campaign donations. I will fight for legislation to require Presidential candidates to produce their tax returns and to abide by anti-nepotism rules. There is a need for infrastructure like bridge and drainage projects, but I do not agree with a border wall built through bird sanctuaries and wildlife reserves. We need sensible immigration reform that will allow people to work in this great country and have a reasonable and affordable path to citizenship. If elected, it will be my duty to uphold our Constitution and the rights that we have as Americans to keep us safe. Please see my issues tab to review my positions in greater detail.
It is my goal to take my experience to Washington; as a business attorney, as a wife and mother and daughter; and as a citizen of the United States of America to fight for Texas – 10 and make your voice heard after 13 years of being silenced. If elected as your next U.S. Representative, I will reopen the lines of communication with you. I will host town halls to hear your concerns. I will listen to all my constituents—not just my donors. I will also work across the aisle to try to get things done that work for the people of CD-10. This is my pledge and promise to you as your next U.S. Representative for the 10th Congressional District of Texas.
Welcome Home, Texas – 10!