AUSTIN — Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst announced recently the Senate committee assignments for the 83rd Legislative Session.

Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa will serve as Chairman of the Senate Intergovernmental Relations Committee and Vice Chair of the Senate Finance Committee. His will continue his appointments on the Agriculture, Rural Affairs & Homeland Security, Natural Resources and Criminal Justice Committees as well as on the Legislative Budget Board.

Senator Hinojosa’s new appointment this session as Chairman secures an influential leadership position that will lead a committee important to our South Texas region, while his continued membership on the Senate fiscal team cements his significant influence on the state budget-writing process.

“I am honored to serve as Chairman of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee and as Vice-Chair of Senate Finance and that Lt. Governor Dewhurst has entrusted me with these important responsibilities. Through these appointments I am able to put the Coastal Bend and South Texas at the forefront of the critical discussions that will be taking place during this legislative session. I look forward to working with the members of these committees,” Hinojosa stated.

“There is no question that this legislative session will be yet another challenging one. Our communities face challenging issues, our lawmakers face significant hurdles, and the solutions are not always transparent. Now more than ever we need to work together. We need to prevent cuts to education and essential healthcare services, invest in our youth and workforce through education and skills training, create more jobs, and invest in the infrastructure we need to pave the way for future success.”

“I will work to foster bipartisan collaboration to resolve these difficult questions and bring forth viable solutions that will benefit our Texas workers, families, and schools. I am fully committed to fight for the best interests of our Texas families and to serve the constituents of Senate District 20 through my respective appointments this 83rd session,” Hinojosa concluded.