State Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, sat in his office in the far reaches of the Capitol extension hallways usually reserved for newer lawmakers, and talked about how he found his political inspiration at a young age.
“I say I found Jesus at summer camp when I was 7 years old. I found Ronald Reagan when I was 8 the following year,” said Villalba, 41.
He credited Reagan’s steady but firm leadership in helping him shape his ideals.
When faced with potentially contentious issues, “I always ended up believing in what the Republicans were saying,” said Villalba, a lawyer whose ...