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Dr. Burgess Joins Gov. Abbott and Blake Pyron for Bill Signing in Austin

Lake Dallas, TX – On Friday, Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) joined Governor Greg Abbott and North Texas entrepreneur Blake Pyron in Austin for the signing of Texas S.B. 753, which reforms Texas’ Purchasing from People with Disabilities program to require that all participating contractors that employ people with disabilities pay at least minimum wage. 

Courtesy of the Office of Governor Greg Abbott

“It was a privilege to join Governor Abbott and Blake Pyron, a remarkable North Texas entrepreneur, for the signing of Texas S.B. 753. With Governor Abbott’s signature, this law will ensure that Texans of all abilities will be treated fairly. All people have inherent worth, and this law makes certain that each person’s value is recognized. I am grateful for Blake’s work to advocate for his fellow Texans. In Sanger and beyond, Blake is a role model in leadership and commitment to helping others succeed.”

Courtesy of the Office of Governor Greg Abbott


In the U.S. House of Representatives, Dr. Burgess has co-sponsored H.R. 873, which would rescind the federal waiver that allows employers to pay less than minimum wage to employees with disabilities. Read the full text of H.R. 873 here.


Blake Pyron is the owner of Blake’s Snow Shack in Sanger, Texas. In 2016, Blake became Texas’ first business owner with Down syndrome.