Top Lawmaker Advertises Realtor Services at Capitol

One of the most powerful lawmakers in Austin is hoping to develop a new “niche” market for his real estate services: his fellow legislators.

State Rep. Harvey Hilderbran, the Kerrville Republican who heads the tax-writing House Ways & Means Committee, blanketed the state Capitol this week with flyers advertising his real estate business. He's urging legislators to use his company to help them find temporary housing when they return to work in January.

Hilderbran, a top lieutenant of GOP House Speaker Joe Straus, enlisted the help of an unpaid legislative intern, Logan Skinner, to distribute the advertisement and to become ...

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