Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Glenn Hegar, District 18

For Immediate Release
January 18, 2007
Contact: Lisa Craven
(512) 463-0118

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst Announces Senate Committee Assignments


Hegar to serve on Natural Resources, Criminal Justice, Government Organization and Nominations

AUSTIN -- Senator Glenn Hegar (R-Katy) was appointed to several key Senate committees for the 80th Legislative Session. Lt. Governor David Dewhurst announced membership of the 15 standing committees and five subcommittees, appointing Senator Hegar to serve as Vice-Chairman of the highly influential Senate Committee on Government Organization and as a member of the Criminal Justice, Nominations, and Natural Resources Committees as well as the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Coastal Resources.

"It is an honor and a privilege to serve on these very important Senate Committees," said Senator Hegar. "These committee assignments give me the unique opportunity to work on a wide range of issues important to the state of Texas."

"By serving on the Natural Resources Committee, I will have the opportunity to be a strong voice in the protection of our district's surface and ground water resources, our coastal areas and parks, and other vital state resources," Hegar said.

"Additionally, a strong criminal justice system is important to the protection of our citizens. Texas faces a prison crisis today with a system that is at capacity," said Hegar. "I look forward to working to solve our crisis by making Texans safe, yet more aware of crimes that are committed and of those we place in prison. Today we have too many small offenders in prison and must make sure the violent offenders are taken off our street to better protect our children and all Texans."

Senator Hegar explained that thousands of pieces of legislation will be considered by the Legislature this session and it's the committee process that closely analyzes legislation before Senators vote on bills on the Senate floor. Taking an active role as a committee member enables him to have greater input on a large number of bills covering a wide range of issues.

Senator Hegar was elected to the Texas Senate in November 2006 and was sworn into office for his first term on January 9, 2007.