Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Kel Seliger, District 31

For Immediate Release
January 27, 2005
Contact: Christy Bertolino
(806) 374-8994

Senator Seliger's Committee Assignments to be Valuable for District 31

AUSTIN, Texas--Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst announced today that State Senator Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) has been appointed to serve as Vice-Chair of the Criminal Justice Committee. In addition, Seliger was appointed to the Natural Resources, International Relations and Trade, and Veterans Affairs and Military Installations Committees. "I am honored by the Lieutenant Governor's confidence in my ability to do what is a very important job," said Seliger.

Seliger's appointment as Vice-Chair of Criminal Justice is especially noteworthy due to the relative short period of time he has served in the Texas Senate. "We have some critical issues coming before the Criminal Justice Committee including correctional population growth and the credibility of DNA testing. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues on the committee to ensure that Texas has the best criminal justice system in the world," Seliger added.

Seliger is the newest member of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources. "I believe that this committee encompasses the largest number of issues important to the citizens of District 31, including agriculture, water and oil and gas. I hope that the thoughts and ideas I bring from my constituents will be a meaningful contribution to the committee," said Seliger.

Seliger was sworn in to the Texas Senate to serve the citizens of Senate District 31 on March 2, 2004 to complete the term of former Senator Teel Bivins of Amarillo. He was reelected to serve a full, four-year term on November 4, 2004. The district spans 26 counties from the Panhandle to the Permian Basin and includes Amarillo, Midland, Odessa and Big Spring.

Seliger's family owns and operates Lake Steel, Incorporated, founded in 1937. He and his wife of seventeen years, Nancy, live in Amarillo with their two sons, Jonathan, 15, and Matthew, 13.