State Senator Glenn Hegar Begins Second Term in Texas Senate
Chairs final Sunset Advisory Commission meeting, canvasses the votes
The 82nd Texas Legislature has convened, and with it begins Senator Glenn Hegar's second term as State Senator for Senate District 18. Opening week was a busy one as the 150 members of the Texas House of Representatives and 31-member Texas Senate formally commenced the legislative session, welcoming friends and family to the Capitol for the swearing-in ceremonies, attending to early legislative duties, and responding to media requests as public interest builds in anticipation of a historic session.
"It is a great honor to serve the hardworking people of Senate District 18 and I am very thankful for their support over the last four years," said Senator Hegar. "As I begin my second term and look forward to the challenges ahead, I want to thank my constituents for their active role in state affairs. Many of the ideas that I hear in travelling throughout the district highlight everyday problems that government agencies or state laws present. One of the most rewarding aspects of this job is being able to deliver common sense solutions to those problems through changes to state law, so I want to encourage anyone facing an issue with a state agency or law to contact my office so that I may see if there is a way to help."
Amid the flurry of opening action at the Capitol, Senator Hegar was given the honor of serving as chair of the Senate committee appointed to notify the House of Representatives that the Lieutenant Governor and Senators had convened and were organized and ready to begin their joint work for the people of Texas. Senator Hegar was well received in the familiar confines of the House chamber, where he served two terms and still enjoys close friendships and strong working ties with his former colleagues.
Senator Hegar was also appointed to the constitutionally required legislative group charged with canvassing the votes, a process by which all 254 Texas counties' sealed election results to the Secretary of State and Legislature for the offices of Governor and Lieutenant Governor are formally reconciled and certified. Following the canvassing, the Speaker of the House of Representatives delivers the results to the Secretary of State, bringing a close to the elections process.
In addition to the formal duties of notifying the House of readiness to do business and canvassing the votes, Senator Hegar chaired the final meeting of the 2010-2011 Sunset Advisory Commission, leading the Commission through adoption of final recommendations to the Legislature. Some of Texas' highest profile and most important state agencies were considered in the 2010-11 review cycle, including the Texas Railroad Commission, the Texas Department of Insurance, and the Texas Department of Transportation.
Senator Hegar served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives and now represents Senate District 18 in the Texas Senate. Senate District 18 contains over one-third of the Texas coastline. He is a sixth generation Texan, and earns a living farming on land that has been in his family since the mid 1800's. He currently resides in Katy, Texas with his wife Dara, and their three children, Claire, Julia, and Jonah.