FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10/23/2012
Frullo to Serve on Manufacturing Committee
Speaker appointment gives House member another key assignment
LUBBOCK-- Adding to a list of influential committee assignments, State Representative John Frullo (Lubbock) was appointed Monday to serve on the Interim Committee on Manufacturing. Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus created the Interim Committee to identify ways Texas can strengthen and grow the state's manufacturing sector.
Representative Frullo's work on the House Committee on State Affairs and the House Committee on Government Efficiency and Reform, as well as his experience as a small business owner and job creator, give him a well-rounded perspective on policies that will serve to strengthen the $192 billion industry in the state of Texas.
"Manufacturing is extremely important to our state," Frullo said. "I am honored to have been selected to serve on this Committee, and I look forward to the opportunity to study and further enhance our state’s ability to foster a business climate that will continue to attract and generate these valuable jobs."
In directing the work to be done during the interim, the Speaker charged every House committee to make recommendations for stimulating and expanding the state's manufacturing sector. The Interim Committee on Manufacturing will examine those recommendations to determine the policies it believes are needed to encourage increased manufacturing in Texas.
"Our strong workforce, friendly business climate and natural resources give Texas the opportunity to lead the nation in manufacturing," Speaker Straus said. "Manufacturing jobs are among the best our state has to offer, and this Committee will give the House important guidance on how to spur growth and encourage manufacturers to put more Texans to work."
The manufacturing industry accounts for 15 percent of the Gross State Product in Texas and employs more than 800,000 Texans. The Committee's findings and recommendations, which will also include analysis on how the recommendations will affect and guide other committees in business growth and retention, will be due to the Speaker by Jan. 7, 2013. The Committee will expire at the start of the 83rd legislature.
Representative Frullo was previously appointed to serve on the House Committee on State Affairs, the House Committee on Government Efficiency and Reform, and the Joint Committee on Human Trafficking. He was elected to office and began serving the 84th House District in November 2010.