Glenn Hegar is new Chairman of Texas Legislative Sportsman's Caucus
Republican State Senator plans aggressive agenda for group helping lead the fight to protect the rights of Texas Sportsmen, Hunters, and Fishermen
Austin, Texas -- Texas State Senator Glenn Hegar (R-Katy) announced today that he has been named the new Chair of the Texas Legislative Sportsman's Caucus, a bipartisan organization dedicated to providing legislators and other interested Texans with relevant information on public policy relating to a variety of wildlife, outdoors, hunting, fishing, and other sportsman related issues. Modeled after the highly successful Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus and formed to provide a voice for sportsmen in the halls of state government, 35 state sportsmen's caucuses exist in state legislatures throughout the country.
Senator Hegar will serve as Chairman of the caucus, during the current interim and the 81st Texas Legislature which convenes in January 2009. He said he has aggressive plans for the caucus in 2008-2009 which include promoting wildlife and outdoors educational and recreational programs for children, as well as helping to ensure that the rights of Texas sportsmen are protected.
"The benefit of having sportsmen's caucuses in our national and state capitols has never been more important. Sharing information and ideas has led to an incomparable force in state governments around the country--one that is focused on passing pro-sportsmen's legislation and defeating attacks from the anti-gun and anti-hunting lobby," Hegar said.
Hegar also noted the statewide economic impact from fish and wildlife related recreation has been estimated to be a staggering $15.8 billion when retail sales, salaries & wages, and jobs are considered.
"Texas is the #1 hunting, the #2 fishing, and the #3 wildlife watching state in the nation. During my term as Chairman of this important caucus, I hope to highlight the tremendous economic impact that hunting, fishing and wildlife-related activities have on our state and to help make these resources available to more of our citizens," Hegar added.
Hegar said he wants the Sportsman's Caucus to serve more than just lawmakers and to be a source of information for all Texans interested in protecting our wildlife resources, as well as our precious 2nd Amendment Rights to keep and bear arms and our important private property rights.
"Texas' wonderful open spaces and excellent hunting and fishing opportunities have long been an important part of our state's heritage, but unfortunately there are those who seek to curtail or eliminate those rights. I want the Sportsman's Caucus to help lead the fight in educating legislators and their constituents about these threats to our Texas way of life," stated Senator Hegar.
The Texas Legislative Sportsman's Caucus was formed in 1993 with special emphasis on preserving Texan's heritage and environment for future generations. It is affiliated with the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses (NASC), which serves as the umbrella organization for launching and working with state legislative sportsmen's caucuses in state legislatures. "NASC and state sportsmen's caucuses, including our own here in Texas, provide a vital network of communication and interaction among state legislators, sportsmen's groups, industry, the public, and the media to establish a strong legislative front for protecting and promoting hunting, fishing and wildlife management in state legislatures across the country," said Hegar.
"Working together, the Texas Legislative Sportsman's Caucus, the Congressional Sportsman's Foundation, and the NASC provide the ultimate protection against legislative attacks and deliver results for the advancement of sportsmen's interests in the political arena," Hegar noted. "As the new Chair of our Texas Caucus, I will make a concentrated effort to ensure that the many sportsman, fishing, hunting, and outdoor groups in our state become affiliate members of the Sportsman's Caucus, so my colleagues and I can obtain input from those who preserve, cherish, and enjoy Texas' great outdoors," Senator Hegar concluded.