Talk to the city leaders of Cedar Park, and they are quick to boast they are the fourth fastest growing city in the United States.
The residents of the suburb just north of Austin are represented in part by a rookie state representative and a veteran congressman—Rep. Tony Dale and U.S. Rep. John Carter.
Both were in Cedar Park for a luncheon Wednesday. Dale just finished his first session as a freshman Texas lawmaker.
"There are some late nights and definitely early mornings and there are a lot of people vying for your time,” he said.
Both Dale and Carter are on summer recess, but took time to talk to their constituents about their recent work.
"We're doing good. Now we have things in Washington that aren't going all that good, but we're doing just fine in Texas." Rep. Carter said.
For Dale, he spent his first state session serving on the Energy Public Safety and Homeland Security committees. In June, he earned the governor’s signature on House Bill 628 calling for school board transparency state wide.
"It is a little different in the beginning because you are just getting to know everybody and then you get into the committee process where it is very intense and you are very focused on the bills that are before you," Dale said. "Once you're done with the committee processes, you start doing work on the floor so your cycles are different."
One thing on Carter’s plate is continuing his push in Washington to reclassify the attack on Fort Hood. He wants it called an act of terror and not workplace violence. According to Carter, doing so would open up benefits for the victims and their families.