State Sen. Pat Fallon, R-Prosper, officially opened his new office in East Parker County Thursday afternoon with a ribbon cutting and open house.
The office, located inside the Century 21 Lynch Legacy building in Willow Park, will be his third — the others are in Denton County and Grayson County.
“We are honored and extremely humbled that Sen. Pat Fallon is in the house. Sen. Pat Fallon is honoring us here in the great state of Texas representing us and we are here to support and honor him today, and welcome him to East Parker County,” real estate broker and owner Stacy Lynch said. “Our home is your home, welcome.”
Parker County mayors led the crowd in the U.S. and Texas pledges and gave welcome introductions. Trinity Christian Academy Head of School Mike Skaggs led everyone in prayer.
Willow Park Mayor Doyle Moss said he is excited for Fallon’s new office and introduced Fallon by reading a bio.
“We’re very excited that Sen. Fallon has come to East Parker County and especially Willow Park for his office,” Moss said. “State Sen. Pat Fallon is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he played varsity football under legendary coach Lou Holtz. He was a member of the 1988 national championship team and upon graduation, Pat received a commission as a United States Air Force officer where he was stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls. He is now the president and COE of Virtus Apparel, which designs patriotic clothing lines that employs nearly 100 Americans.”
Fallon has represented North Texans in the Texas Legislature since 2013 and in the March 2018 primary, in a three-way race, received the Republican nomination getting 62 percent of the vote and more than 34,000 votes than the second place finisher, Moss said.
“[It was] the widest margin of victory against an incumbent in Texas Senate history. He went on in the general election in November 2018 with just under 75 percent of the vote,” Moss said. “In January of 2016, Pat took over what has been billed the world’s greatest endurance challenge. In an effort to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research, Pat entered the World Marathon Challenge — a race where competitors attempt to run seven marathons in seven days on all seven continents. On Jan. 29, 2016, Pat became just the 15th person in the world to successfully complete the challenge and the first, and still only person, to finish the World Marathon Challenge without having any previous marathon experience.”
Fallon said Parker County is a special place to him.
“Why is Parker County so special and why is it so special to me? Because in this parking lot I see so many friends, I see constituents and bosses, but I see friends and people that make me a better person, and how humbling is that,” Fallon said. “When you get the map of Senate District 30, it is a travesty that there hasn’t been a senate office in this county for decades. There should have been. You have to also know it’s a math game when we run for office and the most votes of all 14 counties that we have in Senate District 30 come out of Parker County. Make no mistake about it, Parker County is what America used to be and fortunately can be again, but it needs an active citizenry. That is the fuel that will propel this representative republic to ensure that our best days have yet to be counted. The world is run by those who show up, and you all have.”
The event ended with an official ribbon cutting by the East Parker County Chamber of Commerce.