Jace Yarbrough Latest to Run for Senate District 30
He's also filed a petition against another candidate.
As of the latest filings in this circus of an election cycle, Texas State Senate District 30 (SD30) has peaked the interests of many after Sen. Drew Springer’s announcing his refusal to run again.
Now, SD30’s Republican field consists of:
Vaccine advocate Dr. Carrie De Moor.
Democrat donor, and former Denton County GOP Chair Brent Hagenbuch.
Businessman and former police officer Cody Clark.
And now, a potential dark horse candidate named Jace Yarbrough. We were surprised to learn that Yarbrough was even an Air Force Reservist assigned to the Space Force. We decided to do a quick interview.
Update: We’ve added the petition that Yarbrough has filed challenging the residency of Brent Hagenbuch.
Tell us about your background. Who are you, and what got you politically active?
I’m a seventh-generation Texan, veteran, husband, and father. Born in North Texas and raised in a blue-collar family, I earned bachelor's degrees in Electrical Engineering and Government from the University of Texas at Austin. While there, I interned for the Texas Public Policy Foundation. I later received a law degree from Stanford Law School, where I served as president of my law school's chapter of the Federalist Society.
I am a former fellow of the John Jay Institute for Faith, Society and Law, Alliance Defending Freedom's Blackstone Legal Fellowship, and the Claremont Institute’s John Marshall Fellowship. After college, I taught at a private Christian school in Honduras before joining the military.
While on active duty, I commanded multiple operational flights and led engineering teams to develop capabilities for DoD weapon systems worth hundreds of millions of dollars. I continue my military service today in the Air Force Reserve.
After law school, I was a litigator at elite law firms serving Fortune 100 companies. Eventually, I left big law to fight for conservative causes and clients in Texas, and protect constitutional freedoms all over America. I am a partner at a conservative law firm, where my current work includes suing the city and county of San Francisco for religious discrimination on behalf of former first responders who were fired for refusing to get the COVID-19 shot. I also represent Texas Right to Life in a suit against a city for designating tax-payer dollars for abortion travel from Texas to pro-abortion states. I recently served as counsel to a sitting Texas state senator during the previous session.
I am married to my high school sweetheart, Elizabeth. Together we have four children with one on the way, and are active in our local church in Denton. With our shared passion for forming the next generation, we founded a classical Christian school, Saint Francis Academy, that serves families in our community.
You've been involved in the fight for religious liberty alongside First Liberty. Can you talk to our readers about this?
The Air Force formally reprimanded me for remarks I gave at a friend's retirement ceremony while not in military status. I raised concerns about initiatives in the military that are imposing the culture wars on a time-honored institution that has traditionally been above the political fray. Seemingly judging my intentions, a few sailors lodged a formal complaint against me, stating that my comments made them uncomfortable and targeted the LGBTQ community. When the Air Force refused to rescind the reprimand, I sued the Air Force in federal court. First Liberty Institute represents me in that suit. You can read the complaint and my remarks online.
What figures influenced you politically?
My interest in political questions started in college; I was taking a course on the Constitutional debates. We read Madison's notes on the convention, The Federalist Papers, the anti-federalist response, and several political sermons from the Revolutionary period. After college, I read Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France and Russell Kirk’s The Conservative Mind. These books stand out as some of my early influences. More practically, President Trump's election in 2016 was a huge turning point in my own political understanding. I was in law school at the time, and got to see firsthand the radical left’s response to that election and the lengths to which it would go to stifle the president’s administration. It showed me the dangers of the left’s total abandonment of truth and objectivity, and their ideological quest for power over their political opponents.
What actions inspired you to run in senate District 30?
I'm running in this race because our culture is in crisis. Public schools, libraries, and even the military have been turned against Texas families and their values. We need strong conservative leadership, from those who have proven their resolve in the cultural battles facing our state. Instead of just holding the line, we must elect leaders who will use their power and authority to advance conservative causes. I am running for District 30 to provide a genuine conservative alternative for the constituents of this district.
What differentiates you from the others in this race?
I have dedicated my personal and professional life to creatively and strategically advancing conservative causes and principles. For example, my law partner and I currently represent Texas Right to Life in a suit against a city that set aside half a million dollars for abortion travel from Texas to pro-abortion states. We also represent first responders who were fired by the city and county of San Francisco for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine. When I was personally pressured by my civilian employer and commanded by my military reserve unit to get the COVID-19 shot in 2021, I refused. I also live in the district and have for years, unlike one of my opponents. Finally, unlike my other opponent, I haven’t contributed thousands of dollars to Austin special interests who have lobbied against pro-life legislation and against protecting kids from mutilating surgeries.
What are your plans should you be elected to the Texas Senate?
My top priorities are empowering parents, lowering property taxes, stopping the invasion at the border, protecting our second amendment rights, and continuing to make Texas the most pro-life and pro-family state in the nation.
Parents should be empowered in both education and medical decisions for their children. No school or hospital employees or any other bureaucrat should interfere with parental rights. Parents should have the right to raise their children as they see fit. I will work on reforming education to root out liberal indoctrination and provide parents with the resources they need to make informed decisions for their children's education and healthcare.
I will fight for lower property taxes so that Texas families can live affordable lives and direct more of their hard-earned income towards building a future in Texas. Our state policy should incentivize growing families to put down roots in the state and build a lasting legacy.
I recognize the urgency of addressing the border crisis. Due to the federal government's inaction, our communities are being threatened by illegal drugs, weapons, and human trafficking. Texas must take action when Washington, D.C. is derelict in its duty—and I will work to pass legislation to stop this invasion and protect our communities.
There is much to love about our great state. Texas has a rich history of which we are rightly proud, and a strong tradition of bravery, resilience, and grit. We do many things well. But there is also a growing frenzy within our culture; a kind of insanity that exhausts everyday Texans as woke messaging and ideology is aggressively thrust into erstwhile wholesome and family friendly activities, like baseball or shopping. This cultural insanity is brought on by activists who see in the world only opportunities to push their ideologies on others. In this time of cancel culture, when conservatives are frequently targeted for their convictions, it should be easy to discern principled politicians from those who are simply reciting talking points fed to them by consultants. The most important standard for choosing a candidate in this or any other race is by whether he has the battle wounds and scar tissue from standing against the insanity. My actions and stances speak for themselves, and I look forward to earning your support as we get to know each other throughout the campaign.
We previously covered Brent Hagenbuch running in SD30 despite his alleged dwelling in Little Elm (located in another district), but Yarbrough has retained the services of successful mega-lawyer, Tim Davis, and kick-started formal investigations via a legal petition.
A full copy of the petition, which includes a substantial amount of evidence, can be found here:
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