AUSTIN – Texas House Speaker Joe Straus named Representative Ron Simmons (Carrollton) and eight
other legislators to the House Select Committee on Transportation Funding, Expenditures and Finance
“Transportation is a top priority for the Texas House,” said Speaker Straus. “This committee will take an
extensive, objective look at the transportation solutions that best suit our people and our growing
The committee, created during a 2013 special legislative session, will examine a variety of issues related
to transportation funding. For example, Members will look at the reliability of current funding sources,
the use of debt in transportation financing, use of the state highway fund for other agencies and
appropriations to the Texas Department of Transportation.
"I am honored to serve the people of Texas in this capacity," said Simmons upon hearing of his
appointment to the Select Committee. "As an elected official from North Texas, one of the fastest
growing regions in the United States, I have personally witnessed the effect massive population growth
has had on our state's transportation infrastructure. I look forward to working hard with my fellow
committee members to find meaningful and lasting solutions for Texas' unique transportation needs."
Rep. Joe Pickett of El Paso will chair the committee, which will also include Reps. Larry Phillips of
Sherman, Armando “Mando” Martinez of Weslaco, Lyle Larson of San Antonio, Ruth Jones McClendon of
San Antonio, Sergio Muñoz Jr. of Palmview, Dan Huberty of Houston and Paul Workman of Austin.
“These Members have an important job ahead of them,” Straus said. “Their work in the coming months
will prepare the entire House to lead on transportation issues when the next legislative session begins. I
have every confidence in this diverse, capable committee.”
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