Career Engineer gets into Politics

Jon Rosenthal has been in Texas since 1979.  His father Haskell was a professor at the University of Texas at Austin for over 25 years.  Jon attended UT Austin and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and has since worked for over 20 years in various technical capacities in and around the oil & gas industry in Houston.   

Building a Better Future...Together

We can improve our education system so that our young people will be better prepared and more competitive.  We should prepare students for success instead of preparing for a high stakes test.  And we need to change how we fund education, the State should not rely so heavily on property taxes from individuals and small businesses.  Closing the corporate property tax loophole  will increase school funding without raising taxes on individuals and small businesses.

We need to build a trusting and positive relationship between law enforcement and communities of color, so I will push for policies and laws that promote positive community engagement, and de-escalation training for law enforcement. 

We need to care for our environment and promote clean energy industry in Texas, and I will advocate for policies and laws to promote clean energy and clean energy industry as well as environmental protections for Texas. 

We need to be safe in our homes and on our streets and in our schools, and I believe in having sensible safety regulation for potentially dangerous industry and also for sensible gun safety measures (like stronger background checks).


Like many people I know, I was shocked and dismayed by the 2016 Election.  The Election cycle itself damaged our culture by normalizing bigotry, xenophobia and intolerance; but that pales in comparison to the actions and policies coming from the new administration since January 2017.  I decided it was time to get in the game instead of just complaining. 

In February 2017, I started an Indivisible Group for Texas Congressional District 7 that continues to promote progressive candidates and causes and to stand up and fight back against the dangerous and destructive Trump agenda at the Federal Level. 

I also believe that we need more quality progressive lawmakers in our Texas State legislature.  As the deadline approached for filing for the state ballot in the 2018 election, I learned that my own HD135 representative was unopposed for 2018, so I decided to get into the race.