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SPEAKER STRAUS APPOINTS ANDREW H. CARD, JR. & CHARLES W. MATTHEWS COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT  print page

by: Rep. Straus, Joe
04/11/2012

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS APPOINTS ANDREW H. CARD, JR. AND CHARLES W. MATTHEWS TO THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT


AUSTIN---Speaker Joe Straus (San Antonio) today appointed two visionary and widely respected leaders, Charles W. Matthews and Andrew H. Card Jr., to serve on the Select Committee on Economic Development.

“Andrew Card and Charles Matthews will bring visionary leadership, and global experience to the important role of attracting new jobs and opportunities to Texas,” said Speaker Straus. “They will work to advance our opportunity agenda by making sure Texas continues to lead the nation and world in attracting investment to our state."

The committee was created during the last session of the Legislature to ensure economic development initiatives in Texas are effective in encouraging new investment, employment and income, and in retaining existing facilities and jobs. The committee will evaluate existing state and local incentives and policies and make recommendations regarding their continuation, elimination, or modification.

It also will study how incentives offered in Texas compare to those available in other states and countries and how those differences affect business decisions about where to invest.

In naming Charles W. Matthews of Dallas and Andrew H. Card Jr. of College Station to serve on the committee, Speaker Straus stressed the role their Texas, national and international experiences would bring to the committee’s work and in helping Texas to retain its strong competitive economic position.

Card is Acting Dean of The Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University, and serves on the Advisory Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce after serving in senior government roles under three U.S. Presidents. He worked in the Reagan Administration as White House Liaison to governors, statewide elected officials, state legislators, mayors and other elected officials. He was Secretary of Transportation for President George H. W. Bush and the second longest tenured White House Chief of Staff from 2001 to 2006 under President George W. Bush.

Matthews served as Vice President and General Counsel for ExxonMobil until 2010, overseeing legal affairs in all 50 states and in offices in 40 countries worldwide. He serves on the Board of the Center for American and International Law and was a past Chairman of its Executive Committee. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Texas Cultural Trust. Texas Lawyer magazine recently named Matthews one of the 25 Greatest Lawyers of the past quarter century.

"Texas is a leader in business development and economic growth in the country,” said Speaker Straus. “It is important to regularly review what it takes to keep Texas as a top place to add jobs.”
Speaker Straus stressed the importance of the committee’s work in developing objective criteria based on sound economic principles in order to evaluate the effectiveness of economic development policies.
In addition to these two appointees, House Members serving on the public-private sector panel are Representative John Davis (Houston), who authored the legislation calling for this review of Texas economic development and chairs the House Committee on Economic & Small Business Development, and Representative Angie Chen Button (Garland), Vice Chair of the House Technology Committee.
The 12-person committee will recommend an economic development policy for the state of Texas to the 83rd Legislature, which will convene in January 2013.

More information on the legislation creating the Select Committee on Economic Development can be found at http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=82R&Bill=HB2785

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