House Speaker Joe Straus and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst have named the men and women who will serve on the House and Senate ag committees in the coming biennium.
In the Texas House, Tracy King has been selected to serve as the chairman of the Agriculture and Livestock committee. Charles "Doc" Anderson will act as vice chair. Tim Kleinschmidt and Drew Springer have seniority appointments to the committee while Mary Gonzalez, Kyle Kacal and James White were appointed to the committee by Straus.
Kacal will also serve on the Environmental Regulation committee along with Ron Reynolds, Ed Thompson and Jason Villalba. Those with senior appointments are Jason Isaac, Tryon Lewis and Chris Turner. Patricia Harless and Marisa Marquez will serve as chair and vice chair, respectively.
The Land and Resource Management Committee is comprised of Chair Joe Deshotel, Vice Chair Armando Walle, James Frank, Craig Goldman, Tan Parker and Drew Springer. Those with senior appointments are Abel Herrero, Chris Paddie and David Simpson.
The Natural Resources committee will be chaired by Allan Ritter. Vice chair is Eric Johnson. Senior appointees include Bill Callegari, Jim Keffer, Tracy King and Trey Martinez Fisher. Straus also appointed Trent Ashby, Dennis Bonnen, Lyle Larson, Eddie Lucio III and Doug Miller to the committee.
In the Texas Senate, Senator Craig Estes will serve as the chair of the Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security Committee. Senator Carlos Uresti will serve as vice chair. Senators Glenn Hegar, Chuy Hinojosa and Charles Schwertner will also comprise the committee.
The Senate's Natural Resources committee will be chaired by Senator Troy Fraser. Estes has been named the vice chair. Also serving are Senators Bob Duell, Robert Duncan, Rodney Ellis, Kevin Eltife, Hegar, Hinojosa, Robert Nichols, Kel Seliger and Uresti.
A full list of the senators serving in the 83rd Legislative Session can be found at www.senate.state.tx.us.
The listing of this year's state representatives is available at www.house.state.tx.us.