State Senator Glenn Hegar Begins Fourth Session in Texas Senate
The 83rd Texas Legislature has convened, and with it begins Senator Glenn Hegar's fourth session as State Senator for Senate District 18. Opening week was a busy one as the 150 members of the Texas House of Representatives and the 31-member Texas Senate formally commenced the legislative session by welcoming friends and family to the Capitol for the swearing-in ceremonies, attended to early legislative duties, and responded to media requests as public interest built in response to the start of a historic session.
On January 18th, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst appointed senate committees. State Senator Glenn Hegar was given the prestigious appointment to lead the Senate Committee on Nominations, and was named Chairman of the senate's only subcommittee, a subset of the Senate Committee on Finance that will review state and local revenue matters. The senator will also continue his service as a member of both the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and the Senate Committee on Agricultural, Rural Affairs & Homeland Security.
Once every decade, the Senate members draw for terms of office after redistricting (when all 31 Senators appear on the ballot), so that in the decade's remaining elections only half of the senate will be up for election every two years. January 23rd brought about the much anticipated drawing; senators were called forward in random order and asked to draw an unmarked envelope, each of which contained a slip of paper numbered somewhere between 1 and 31. The senators who drew odd numbers got four-year terms. The ones who drew even numbers got two-year terms. Luck was on the Senator's side this session as he pulled an envelope containing lucky number eleven, meaning he will serve a four-year term. Eight Republicans and seven Democrats drew the coveted odd numbers and will enjoy four-year terms. Nine Republicans and six Democrats drew two-year terms.
As the 83rd Legislature begins, Senator Hegar looks forward to working to solve problems unique to Senate District 18 and to tackling Texas' most pressing statewide issues. "I am excited to be a member of such important committees and to have the opportunity to work on issues like transportation, water, reducing high stakes testing in public schools, immigration, and many other vital issues that are important to the hard-working taxpayers of Senate District 18. The legislature's chief responsibility each session is to craft the two-year budget for state operations, a significant challenge given the enormous geography and economy of Texas. I am honored to be part of the budget writing process and am ready to roll up my sleeves and work towards passage of a fiscally sound and balanced budget that funds essential state services, limits state spending, leaves money in the taxpayer's savings account (the Rainy Day Fund), and balances the budget without increasing the tax burden upon our citizens."
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 1800s. He currently resides in Katy, Texas with his wife Dara, and their three children, Claire, Julia, and Jonah.