Eightieth Legislature Opened Today
~ Senator Glenn Hegar Sworn in for 1st Term ~
AUSTIN -- Senator Glenn Hegar was sworn in today for his first term in the Texas Senate representing District 18 which includes Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Caldwell, Calhoun, Colorado, De Witt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Lavaca, Matagorda, Refugio, Victoria, Waller, Washington and Wharton Counties. Senator Hegar previously served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives serving Fort Bend, Waller and Wharton Counties. Senator Hegar was joined by his wife, Dara, their daughter, Claire, along with his mother, grandparents, family and friends for his swearing in as the new senator for Senate District 18. At age 36, Senator Hegar is now the youngest member of the Texas Senate.
"Serving the people of Senate District 18 and the people of Texas, is a tremendous honor and privilege. This century, Texas confronts so many issues that are of great importance to our communities this session--and I will work tirelessly to address our district's priorities," Senator Hegar said. "I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate and friends in the Texas House, to find common sense solutions to the unique challenges facing the State of Texas."
Senator Hegar has been meeting with local business and community leaders to address issues important to the Senate District. In particular, Senator Hegar lists his top priorities as constituent services and ensuring that the local issues within Senate District 18 are addressed by the Texas Legislature. "Serving the people of all 19 counties and being a strong voice for the entire district is vitally important to guarantee that our communities have the representation that we deserve this session," Senator Hegar stated.
Natural resource issues will again be important during the 80th Legislative Session and Senator Hegar stresses the importance of protecting the district's water resources and air quality for the future. "Water is among our most precious resources and I hope that I can continue the excellent representation of my predecessor, Senator Ken Armbrister, on this issue." Hegar said.
Creating Texas' billion-dollar budget is a multifaceted and intricate process in which Senator Hegar hopes to lend his expertise. He previously served on the House Appropriations and Local Government Ways & Means Committees, and hopes to continue his work in finance and government efficiency in addition to focusing on the reform and reduction of property taxes, as well as economic development for small rural and suburban communities. Healthcare, transportation and education issues are always driving forces in the state budget as well as perennial issues during each legislative session. Funding for our State parks and coastal erosion are also areas on which Senator Hegar plans to focus due to the vital economic role both play in local communities.
Senator Hegar is a 6th generation Texan, and earns a living farming rice and corn on land that has been in his family since the mid 1800s. The Hegars reside in Katy, Texas.
The Texas Legislature will stay in session for 140 days between January and May. This is the 80th session since Texas entered the Union in 1845.
Senate District 18 residents are encouraged to contact Senator Hegar and his staff in his capitol office at P.O. Box 12068, Austin, TX 78711, fax: 512-475-3736 phone: 512-463-0118. Senator Hegar can be reached in the district office at P.O. Box 1008, Katy, TX 77492 fax: 281-391-8818 or phone: 281-391-8883.