Trey Rutledge is a third generation Marine Corps Veteran and a Christian running to represent Texas House District 17 in the Texas House of Representatives. This district consists of Bastrop, Burleson, Caldwell, Lee and Milam counties. Trey’s father is a Marine Corps veteran and retired police officer. Trey’s mother and step-father, who is a retired Sheriff’s Deputy, are both NRA instructors and own a gun store. During his Marine Corps career, Trey became a Combat Engineer and ended up deploying to Iraq and Kuwait. A few months after returning home from a deployment in 2017, Trey married his wife, Alexis Rutledge. Alexis currently serves in the United States Army Reserves Veterinary Corps. Trey ended up leaving the Marine Corps, with an honorable discharge, at the end of his contract in 2019. He got out as a non-commissioned officer, earning the rank of Sergeant.
After the Marine Corps, Trey and Alexis moved to Texas where they now live on their small ranch in Lexington. They raise cattle and quarter horses. They are both proud Texas A&M Aggies and are members of the National Rifle Association as well as active members in their local American Legion Post 6 and local United Methodist church. Trey is also a member of Ducks Unlimited. He has volunteered for many organizations to include Habitat for Humanity, The Kuwaiti Children’s Hospital and The Best Day Ever Foundation. Trey has always felt a calling towards serving other and enjoys giving back to the community. This desire and calling to serve others is why he decided to run for the State House of Representatives.
As a constitutional conservative, Trey is a strong supporter of the military, law enforcement, and all of the first responders that put their lives on the line everyday to help those in need. He is also a supporter of Second Amendment rights. He believes that Texas is moving in the right direction, having recently passed constitutional carry, but hopes to make the License to Carry more accessible for those who wish to obtain it by eliminating the fee for the certification as well as making firearms more accessible to citizens between the ages of 18 and 20. As a Christian, Trey is pro-life, believing that life begins at conception and that it should be cherished both before and after birth. He strongly believes that we need to fight to fix our foster care system and make adoption more accessible and affordable for Texans. As a rancher and landowner, Trey is passionate about agriculture and land conservation. He knows that no one is more adamant about the care of animals and the land than farmers and ranchers. This is why he will fight against legislation that aims to regulate farmers and ranchers and their methods of production. Trey will also fight to lower the property tax and towards elimination and create larger agricultural exemptions so we can pass our land and legacy on to the future generations of Texans. As someone raised by small business owners, Trey understands the importance that small businesses have in a community. This is why he will fight for tax cuts and against regulations aimed to restrict the benefits of a free market. He also understands the importance of our youth and believes that parents should have 100% transparency in their child’s school curriculum. That is why he supports school choice, allowing parents to determine which school their child can enroll into. Trey knows that our children are the future and believes that we must protect them from indoctrination of false ideologies. Trey is a strong supporter of the Military and first responders, and will fight to eliminate all state licensing fees, such as hunting and fishing licenses, for in state veterans and first responders.