Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Craig Estes, District 30

For Immediate Release
January 17, 2003
Contact: Lewis Simmons
Phone: (940) 689-0191

Estes assigned to Texas Senate committees

AUSTIN -- State Senator Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, said he was pleased with his committee appointments announced by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

Dewhurst revealed assignments Thursday to the Senate's 15 major committees and three subcommittees for the 78th Texas Legislature which launched its 140-day regular session Tuesday.

Estes was named vice chairman of the Veterans Affairs and Military Installations Committee which oversees issues facing veterans and matters concerning the next round of military base closures in 2005. He also was appointed to the Natural Resources Committee which oversees water and land development issues and air quality and the Agriculture Subcommittee, the Business and Commerce Committee which oversees general business issues and economic development, and the International Relations and Trade Committee which oversees trade relations with foreign countries.

"I am extremely pleased with my committee assignments. The committees reflect the diversity of my district. I look forward to serving with my fellow Senators on these committees as we work together to positively impact Texas," Estes said.

Dewhurst said Estes' background in business and agriculture will provide an insightful and experienced voice to his committees. Estes is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Estes, Inc., a wholesale distributor of chemicals and fertilizers with outlets in seven states.

"Senator Estes brings a wealth of experience in the private sector to the Texas Senate, especially in agriculture and economic development, and the body will continue to benefit from his expertise," Dewhurst said. "His energy and talent will be particularly needed this year as we address the challenges facing this session. I look forward to relying on his background and expertise on a variety of issues."

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