P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 27, 2000
AUSTIN -- Lieutenant Governor Rick Perry today appointed State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to a special 11-member committee that will draw new legislative boundaries to reflect population shifts that have occurred during the past decade.
The redistricting process occurs every 10 years and is based on the National Census report, which is due out in March 2001. The report will be issued in the midst of the next session of the Texas Legislature, which must approve a new legislative map before it adjourns in May 2001.
"We aren't just mapping new districts for lawmakers, we are truly mapping the future of Texas. This process will decide the voice each and every community of Texas has in our state and national governments. It is one of the most laborious functions of the Legislature. And it is a process that demands absolute fairness," Senator Nelson said. "Lieutenant Governor Perry has chosen a diverse group of senators for whom I have the utmost respect, and I am looking forward to working with them with them constructively and respectfully for the betterment of all Texans."
Senator Nelson is one of six Republicans named to the committee -- the first in Texas history chosen by a Republican lieutenant governor. She is one of three committee members who represent the Metroplex and the only committee member who serves Denton and Tarrant counties.
"I feel sure that the population boom in our Metroplex will translate not just into additional legislative seats for our communities, but representation more attuned to the challenges this economic growth has created for us. We have transportation and education needs here that are nothing short of critical. The more people we have fighting for us in Austin and in Washington, the better off we'll be," Senator Nelson said.