FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 02/04/2015
SPEAKER STRAUS ANNOUNCES HOUSE COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS
AUSTIN – Texas House Speaker Joe Straus on Wednesday announced the membership of House committees for the 84th Legislature.
“With only 118 days left in the legislative session, we have a lot of important work ahead of us,” said Speaker Straus, San Antonio. “With these assignments, I have placed Members where I believe they can have the greatest impact on issues that directly relate to our economy and our future. I want to thank Members in advance for their work.”
According to the rules that Members unanimously adopted during the first week of the legislative session, there are 38 standing and procedural committees in the House. Speaker Straus also created two select committees. Of those 40 committees, 24 will have new chairmen, including 10 Members who chaired different committees during the 83rd Legislature.
“The work ahead is too important for this to be a status-quo session,” Speaker Straus said. “These appointments will allow some of our committee chairs to bring their perspectives and leadership to a fresh set of issues, and that new thinking will benefit the entire House. Many other Members are also moving into new positions of responsibility, and I am very confident in the work they’re going to do.”
In making his appointments, Speaker Straus considered the needs and priorities of rural and urban areas in every region of the state, as well as the diversity of the House membership.
“These assignments reflect the makeup of the House,” Speaker Straus said. “They also reflect a collaborative and results-oriented culture that has worked very well in recent years. The House is a place that encourages Members to find common ground and build consensus around serious solutions.”
Committees will begin meeting next week. According to the Texas Constitution, the House cannot consider legislation during the session’s first 60 days unless that legislation relates to an emergency item designated by the Governor.
“Our committee structure allows every Member to play a meaningful role in the House’s work,” Speaker Straus said. “I look forward to working with all Members to address the challenges and opportunities facing our state.”
COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS BY MEMBER
COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS BY COMMITTEE