The 84th Session of the Texas Legislature has been convening in Austin since Opening Day on January 13th. Each week, Representatives and Senators travel from across the state to meet in the State Capitol to serve the people of Texas. Last week, the Texas House of Representatives took a step forward when Speaker Joe Straus announced committee assignments.

Committees are important because no bill can move forward for debate until a committee approves of it first. Committee are organized by topic area and usually consist of 7 to 11 members. I was honored to be appointed Chairman of the House Redistricting Committee, which determines boundaries for political districts. I was also re-appointed Vice-Chairman of the House International Trade Committee and as Member of the House Committee on Environmental Regulation. I am excited that these key positions will allow me to be an effective advocate for South Texas.

Other South Texas lawmakers were also honored with Chairmanships. Representative Todd Hunter was re-appointed Chairman of the Calendars Committee, one of the most influential positions in the House. Representative Geanie Morrison was appointed Chairman of the Environmental Regulation Committee, Representative Abel Herrero was appointed Chairman of the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee and Representative Ryan Guillen was appointed Chairman of the Culture, Recreation and Tourism Committee. With 150 Members and only 37 Chairmanships, our region is poised to make our stamp on the future of the State of Texas.