On Wednesday, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced Senate Committee appointments for the 85th Legislature, and a local lawmaker now has a new position.
Senator José Rodríguez was appointed as Vice Chairman of Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs, and will continue to represent Fort Bliss and El Paso’s veteran population as a member of the Veteran Affairs and Border Security Committee.
Additionally for this session, he also will serve on the Senate Committees on Transportation and Natural Resources and Economic Development.
“I am committed to working for my constituents and for the state of Texas, and look forward to digging into vital economic development, transportation, veterans, and environmental issues,” said Sen. Rodríguez.
He added “I will also continue fighting for school children and access to health care, two areas where the state has fallen short. Every Texan deserves a fair shot at a successful, healthy life.”
Texas Senate committees are the first place legislation is debated and considered after filing. A bill must be voted out of committee before it can be brought to the Senate floor for further debate and voted on by the 31-member body.