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

January 29, 2008
Contact: Christy Bertolino
(806) 374-8994

Senator Seliger Recognized for his Leadership in Business and Education

AUSTIN, Texas -- Senator Kel Seliger received significant recognition for his leadership and advocacy on issues important to both the business and education communities during the 80th Legislative Session. The Texas Association of Business (TAB) recognized him as a "Fighter for Free Enterprise," while the Texas Association of Mid-Size Schools (TAMS) honored him with the "Golden Apple," the highest award given by their organization.

"I am very proud and humbled by these awards. Business and education are two of the most important endeavors in the state of Texas, and if my efforts have helped in these areas, I feel it is a worthwhile contribution," Seliger said.

Senator Seliger was honored as a "Fighter for Free Enterprise" for his continued efforts to preserve and enhance the positive business climate in Texas. Lawmakers were scored based on their votes on key business legislation during the 80th Regular Session. "Senator Seliger has one of the best pro-business, pro-jobs records in the Texas Senate, and we are proud to present him with this award," said Bill Hammond, TAB President and CEO. The Texas Association of Business represents more than 140,000 small and large Texas employers and 200 local chambers of commerce.

In the area of public education, Senator Seliger has actively worked to ensure continued support for the unique financial needs and educational resources of mid-size school districts, twelve of which lie in Senate District 31. "This award is in recognition of Senator Seliger's efforts in filing legislation during the 80th Legislature to ensure that all mid-size schools are able to apply school funding formulas that will benefit them. While his bill did not pass, we are grateful that he has raised awareness of these funding issues on behalf of mid-size schools," said Larry Appel, outgoing president of TAMS and current superintendent of Dumas Independent School District. The Texas Association of Mid-Size Schools advocates on behalf 195 school districts with an average daily attendance of up to 5,000 students.

"An award given by educators for efforts on behalf of public education is valuable and meaningful, and I look forward to working with the school districts of District 31 in the 81st Legislature," Seliger stated.

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.