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Texas GOP lawmaker hires Christian nationalist who called for drag show attendees to be executed

State Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington, hired Jake Neidert, 22, last month as his office’s legislative director amid a wave of anti-LGBTQ violence and rhetoric and ahead of an impending legislative session that is expected to focus heavily on anti-trans bills.

Jake Neidert is legislative director for state Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington.
Kelly Neidert stands near Library Mall at the University of North Texas in Denton on March 23, 2022.
State Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington, on the House floor on April 11, 2019.

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