Jeff Leachâ€™s conservative convictions are deeply rooted. Â A devoted husband, proud father of three children, 5th generation Texan and constitutional conservative, Jeff is dedicated to reducing the size and scope of government and lowering taxes to create more economic freedom for individuals, families and businesses in Texas.Â Jeff understands the challenges that come with meeting the essential demands of our rapidly growing state and has supported policies that work to responsibly invest in critical infrastructure â€“ including water resource development and transportation.Â Since taking the oath of office in 2013, Jeff has been on the front lines in the fight for a more honest, open and transparent state budget that funds the priorities of our state, including border security and public safety, public and higher education, transportation and water infrastructure, foster care & family services and criminal justice, among other priorities.
During his first legislative session in 2013, Jeff authored and championedÂ a landmark provision to limit the stateâ€™s ability to recklessly expand Obamacare â€“ a hugeÂ win for Texas taxpayers. Â Additionally, Jeff successfully authored and passed legislation providing substantial tax relief for small businesses subject to the onerous franchise tax – ultimately encouraging job growth while broadening our stateâ€™s tax base.Â In 2015, after visiting with a constituent, Jeff authored and passed legislation to rein-in intrusive and reckless HOAs â€“ a landmark achievement for the private property rights of Texas homeowners. Â Jeff has successfully authored legislation providing tougher penalties for sexual offenders who threaten our neighborhoods, and he has worked diligently to author and pass legislation advocating for victims of domestic violence.
Most recently in 2017, Jeff co-sponsored legislation banning rogue â€śSanctuary Citiesâ€ť that undermine the Rule of Law, while working to advance critical funding to secure our southern border.Â Further, Jeff worked collaboratively with law enforcement, child advocacy groups and various non-profits to initiate bold reforms within CPS while adding much-needed funding towards our stateâ€™s crippled foster-care system. Â Jeff also led the charge in the Texas House towards addressing the growing epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses by successfully authoring legislation that works to empower both victims and witnesses of sexual assault.
Unashamedly and passionately pro-life, Jeff believes that one of the fundamental roles of government should be to protect innocent life,Â which is why he has co-authored monumental pro-life legislation to protect the unborn while providing further safeguards for Texas women.Â Time and time again, Jeff has led the charge in the Texas House to defund Planned Parenthood.Â Specifically, he authored and passed a provision to the state budget blocking taxpayer money from finding its way into the pockets of abortion providers and their affiliates.
Jeff has continually supported legislation designed to protect and promote the Second Amendment freedoms for all deserving Texans – including â€śOpen Carryâ€ť & â€śCampus Carryâ€ť Legislation.Â Most recently, Jeff co-sponsored legislation reducing our stateâ€™s License to Carry (LTC) fees from $140 – $40, while successfully authoring a provision waiving all LTC fees for our revered Texas peace offices.
Born and raised in Plano and a graduate of Plano Senior High School, Jeff attended Baylor University and went on to earn his law degree from Southern Methodist Universityâ€™s Dedman School of Law.Â Jeff practices at the law firm of Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C. in Dallas where he specializes in complex commercial and civil litigation, construction law and real estate. Â Jeff is a proud Member of the Board of Trustees for Houston Baptist University and serves on the Advisory Board of the Meals on Wheels of Collin County. Â In 2017, Jeff was selected for inclusion in theÂ 2017 edition ofÂ Texas Super Lawyersâ€™Rising StarsÂ (a Thomson Reuters publication).
Jeff and his wife Becky, his high school sweetheart, are the proud parents of Brady (age 10), Charlotte (age 8) and Landry (age 4) and are active members of Prestonwood Baptist Church, where they have served for several years in the Young Families Ministry.Â Becky is an author, a small business owner and an area leader of the non-profit ministry,Â Embrace Grace, which is designed to minister to and encourage women faced with difficult life decisions.