From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Immediate Release
December 2, 2005
Contact: Jeremy Warren, (512) 463-0113

Reaction to Former Speaker Pete Laney's Retirement Announcement

(Austin, Texas)// Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) today released the following statement regarding former House Speaker Pete Laney retirement announcement.

"The State of Texas has benefited greatly from the leadership that Pete Laney has provided to the state of Texas over the last four decades. Pete Laney's love of West Texas and his home state as a whole was shown in the hard work he performed on behalf of his district and Texas as a state representative, committee chair and as speaker. Pete Laney's experience, knowledge and dedication will be hard to replace. Pete Laney has been one of Texas' finest leaders, a leader who put policy and the needs of Texas ahead of all other considerations. He will truly be missed."