FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30, 2009
Austin, TX — Today Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst issued Senate Committee assignments for the 81st Legislative Session.
"I am grateful that Lt. Gov. Dewhurst has entrusted me to continue serving Senate District 27 and the people of Texas with these critical committee assignments," said Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. "Working with my fellow colleagues, I have been fortunate to build a meaningful record of accomplishments with these committee appointments, especially as Chair of the International Relations and Trade (IRT) Committee and as a member of the Senate Finance Committee, and look forward to furthering these efforts."
Besides Finance and IRT, Sen. Lucio will continue serving on the State Affairs and Business and Commerce Committees. He was newly appointed to the Government Organization Committee that studies the function, structure, funding and operations of the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), among other issues.
"As a member of Finance, I will work with other budget writers to ensure that the needs of South Texas and of growing rural populations across the state will be better addressed by our agencies and programs. As mentioned in the Governor's State of the State address, Texas needs to invest strategically to ensure better guided growth within our economy," noted Sen. Lucio. "With this effort, we must be certain that populations in need, like the elderly, disabled and low-income families, are not left behind.”
"Serving on the Business and Commerce Committee allows me to help protect consumer interests, since we have oversight of the state's public utilities that include electricity, natural gas, water, sewage and even telephone services," he explained. "We also oversee all types of insurance programs and pass laws affecting this industry."
Sen. Lucio also committed to helping "distressed areas along the border and in rural areas to address their housing, economic development, and workforce needs so that we can build self-sustaining communities to a level that better resembles the more prosperous regions of our state."
The Senator will be filing bills that include housing and economic development initiatives, and has already filed numerous bills that will impact nutrition and wellness, state schools, public schools and another to establish a medical school in South Texas.
"I appreciate the confidence placed in me through these continued assignments, as well as the new appointment to Government Organization," concluded Sen. Lucio. "I am ready to get down to business, keeping the well-being of everyday Texans in mind."