Senator Bob Deuell

January 13, 2009
CONTACT: Don T. Forse, Jr.
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81st Session Opens in Austin

- Deuell Ready to Begin Fourth Session -

AUSTIN — On Tuesday, the 81st Texas Legislative Session officially opened at the Texas State Capitol in Austin. This session will be the fourth for Senator Bob Deuell (R- Greenville) and he says he is looking forward to continuing the work that was started during the interim.

"We have a lot of work to do and I am ready to get started," Deuell said. "Now it is as important as ever that we work on ways to help families address important issues across Texas."

As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Deuell says he is anxious to begin working with his colleagues on the state budget.

"Despite recent projections of a tight state budget, I am happy to hear that Texas maintains a strong economic position relative to many other states," said Deuell. "Writing the state budget is top priority and I look forward to exploring ways in which we can continue expanding the Texas economy while remaining fair to taxpayers."

Prior to the election of Robert Duncan (R-Lubbock) as Senate Pro Tem, Governor Perry addressed the body. He briefly expressed his condolences to victims of yesterday's helicopter crash on the Texas A&M campus before reminding the Senate of the great responsibilities set out before them. "Outside of keeping your word, raising your children, and being a good spouse, you probably aren't going to do anything as significant as what you do in this chamber the rest of your life."

Perry went on to emphasize his desire for cooperation with the Senate. "When I say my door is always open, that is what I mean. And you know that."

Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst says he is optimistic that the Senate will be able to work together and looks forward to leading the members. "On behalf of the President of the Senate, it was an honor to be here with you. I'm glad to be back and I'm glad y'all are back. I missed y'all."

In addition to the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Deuell also serves on the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice. He also serves as Vice-Chair of the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services. In addition, Senator Deuell was selected by Lt. Governor Dewhurst to serve on the Sunset Advisory Commission, and also serves as a member of the Rural Caucus.