Straus appoints Central Texas lawmakers to leadership posts

Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio (Texas House of Representatives)

On Thursday, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, released his list of committees assignments for the 83rd Regular Legislative Session. Five Central Texas lawmakers secured leadership posts:

  • Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin – Culture, Recreation & Tourism (Vice Chair)
  • Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin – Administration (Vice Chair)
  • Rep. Elliott Naishtat, D-Austin – Public Health (Vice Chair)
  • Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs – Rules & Resolutions (Vice Chair)
  • Rep. Doug Miller, R-New Braunfels – Special Purpose Districts (Vice Chair)

“These are charges that I take very seriously as the critical work of these committee will have an impact on the entire state and obviously in the Texas Hill Country, as well,” said Miller. “ I will help see to it that protecting private property rights, our state’s vital natural resources, and doing what is right for Texas will be priority components of our collective agenda.”

Central Texas members of the influential House Appropriations Committee – the budget writers – include:

  • Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin
  • Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin
  • Rep. Larry Gonzales, R-Round Rock

“I look forward to supporting (Speaker Straus’s) goals of properly and transparently funding government’s core responsibilities while meeting the challenges of robust population growth,” Howard said. “I intend to be an effective advocate on the committee for restoring funds to public education and family planning programs that were so dramatically cut last session.

This list shows Central Texas lawmakers increased their power in the House this session. Last regular session, the delegation filled one less leadership role:

  • Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin – Administration (Vice Chair)
  • Rep. Elliott Naishtat, D-Austin – Joint Committee on Aging (Chair)
  • Rep. Elliott Naishtat, D-Austin – Public Health (Vice Chair)
  • Rep. Doug Miller, R-New Braunfels – Joint Committee on Oversight of Edwards Aquifer (Co-chair)

 

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