Senate Committees Announced

Lt. Gov releases committee appointments with few changes for Travis delegation

Lt. Gov. Dewhurst: Releasing the list at 4.46pm, which is great for media deadlines
Lt. Gov. Dewhurst: Releasing the list at 4.46pm, which is great for media deadlines

With little fanfare, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst quietly released the list of Senate Committees for the 81st Session. Comparing the list to last session, there's a series of small but potentially significant changes.

After languishing as a sub-committee, Higher Education becomes a full-fledged committee under Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, who gives up her Education seat and her vice-chairmanship on Finance. She gets Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, as her vice-chair (observers of the conservative Patrick may note he also becomes vice-chair of education and replaces the more moderate Sen. Robert Deuell, R-Greenville, on Criminal Justice.) Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, gets to chair the new full Agriculture and Rural Affairs committee.

There's also very little tweaking on the membership front. With Kim Brimer and Kyle Janek gone, their replacements (Sens. Wendy Davis, D-Dallas, and Joan Huffman, R-Houston) both get a smattering of appointments. As for the Travis County delegation, there's no change. Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, keeps his vice-chairmanship of Transportation & Homeland Security, plus seats on Business & Commerce, Economic Development, Jurisprudence and Nominations. Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, remains chair of Jurisprudence and stays on Administration, Transportation & Homeland Security, and Intergovernmental Relations.

See below the fold for the full list of new members and who lost what.

ADMINISTRATION
Williams* (C), Uresti (VC), Ogden*, Shapiro, Wentworth, Whitmire Zaffirini
Out: Brimer (C), Seliger

AGRICULTURE & RURAL AFFAIRS (New committee replacing Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs & Coastal Resources)
Estes (C), Uresti (VC), Hegar, Hinojosa, Jackson

BUSINESS & COMMERCE (gains one member)
Fraser (C), Harris (VC), Averitt, Eltife, Estes, Jackson*, Lucio, Van de Putte, Watson

CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Whitmire (C), Seliger (VC), Carona, Ellis, Hegar, Hinojosa, Patrick*
Out: Deuell

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (New committee replacing Subcommittee on Emerging Technologies & Economic Development)
Harris (C), Eltife* (VC), Deuell*, Watson, Zaffirini*
Out: Estes, Harris

EDUCATION (gains one member)
Shapiro (C), Patrick (VC), Averitt, Davis*, Gallegos*, Ogden, Van de Putte, West, Williams
Out: Zaffirini

FINANCE
Ogden (C), Hinojosa (VC), Averitt, Deuell, Duncan, Eltife, Harris, Lucio, Nelson, Seliger*, Shapiro, West, Whitmire, Williams, Zaffirini (Hinojosa, Zaffirini switch)
Out: Fraser

GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION
Ellis (C), Hegar (VC), Huffman*, Lucio*, Nelson, Ogden*, Whitmire
Out: Brimer, Gallegos, Jackson

HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Nelson (C), Deuell (VC), Huffman*, Nichols, Patrick, Shapleigh, Uresti, West, Zaffirini

HIGHER EDUCATION (Previously subcommittee)
Zaffirini (C), Patrick (VC), Averitt, Duncan*, West
Out: Williams

INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS
West (C), Nichols (VC), Gallegos, Patrick, Wentworth

SUBCOMMITTEE ON FLOODING & EVACUATIONS
Gallegos (C), Nichols, Patrick

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS & TRADE
Lucio (C), Seliger (VC), Davis*, Estes, Fraser, Gallegos, Williams*
Out: Patrick, Uresti

JURISPRUDENCE
Wentworth (C), Gallegos (VC), Carona, Duncan, Harris, Hinojosa, Watson (Gallegos and Hinojosa swap)

NATURAL RESOURCES
Averitt (C), Estes (VC), Deuell, Duncan, Eltife, Fraser*, Hegar, Hinojosa, Jackson, Seliger, Uresti
Out: Brimer

NOMINATIONS
Jackson (C), Eltife (VC), Hegar, Nelson, Nichols. Shapleigh, Watson

STATE AFFAIRS
Duncan, (C), Deuell* (VC), Carona, Ellis, Fraser, Harris, Jackson, Lucio, Van de Putte
Out: Williams

TRANSPORTATION & HOMELAND SECURITY
Carona (C), Watson (VC), Davis*, Ellis, Huffman*, Nichols, Shapiro, Shapleigh, Wentworth
Out: Brimer, Williams

VETERANS AFFAIRS & MILITARY INSTALLATIONS
Van de Putte (C) Shapleigh (VC), Davis*, Estes, Huffman*
Out: Ogden, Harris

SUBCOMMITTEE ON BASE REALIGNMENT & CLOSURE
Shapleigh (C), Estes, Huffman*
Out: Harris

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