House Representative

Straus, Joe

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12/21/2017

SPEAKER STRAUS APPOINTS FOUR TO SUNSET COMMISSION

AUSTIN – Texas House Speaker Joe Straus on Thursday named three members of the Texas House and one member of the public to serve on the Sunset Advisory Commission.

Speaker Straus named Reps. Chris Paddie, Stan Lambert and Poncho Nevárez to the Commission. Because the Chair of the Commission in the upcoming cycle will be a member of the Texas Senate, Rep. Paddie will serve as Vice Chairman.

The Sunset Advisory Commission was created in 1977 and is a 12-person body of legislators and public members appointed by the Speaker and the Lieutenant Governor. The agency’s goal is to identify and eliminate waste, duplication and inefficiency in government agencies. The Commission will review more than 30 agencies during the upcoming review cycle, including the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Motor Vehicles.

“There is a lot of important work ahead as the Sunset Commission recommends ways to make agencies more efficient and more effective in their service to taxpayers,” Speaker Straus said. “These well-respected members of the House will help lay the groundwork for a productive legislative session in 2019, and I have full confidence that each of them will make a positive contribution to the Sunset process.”

Speaker Straus also named Ronald G. Steinhart of Dallas to the Commission. Mr. Steinhart is a retired Certified Public Accountant with an extensive background in banking. He is the former President of InterFirst Corporation, which was the largest bank in Texas at the time, and former CEO of Bank One Corporation’s Commercial Banking Group. He is a former Chairman of the Dallas Citizens Council, the Board of Trustees of the Texas Retirement System of Texas, the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and the Housing Authority of the City of Dallas. Former President George W. Bush appointed him to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council, and former Governor Rick Perry appointed him to the Texas Tax Reform Commission.

“I’m grateful that Ron Steinhart has agreed to serve,” Speaker Straus said. “His many years of leadership and success in the banking industry have prepared him extremely well for the specific work of the Sunset Advisory Commission. The Commission will also benefit from his vast service to his community, the state of Texas and our country.”