from the Office of State Senator Craig Estes, District 30

For Immediate Release
January 4, 2005
Contact: Lewis Simmons
(940) 689-0191

Senator Craig Estes will be sworn in January 11

AUSTIN -- State Senator Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, will be sworn into office when the 79th Texas Legislature convenes Tuesday, January 11, in Austin launching the 140-day regular session.

Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson will administer the oath of office to the state's 31 senators during ceremonies slated for 12 noon Tuesday in the Senate Chamber of the Capitol. Members of Estes' immediate family including his wife Jennifer will be seated with him at his desk in the chamber.

Estes invites friends and constituents to attend the reception he will host afterwards in his office located in Room 3E.8 located just behind the Senate Gallery on the third floor of the Capitol.

Estes took office in 2001 and most recently was re-elected to a full four-year term in last November's general election. He serves almost 700,000 constituents in Archer, Baylor, Clay, Collin, Cooke, Denton, Grayson, Jack, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Shackelford, Stephens, Throckmorton, Wichita, Wilbarger, Wise and Young counties.

"It is my immense privilege to continue serving the people of this diverse district. I am ready to address the challenges that will be coming before the Legislature this Session. I am optimistic that my colleagues and I will seize the opportunities to do good things for all the people of our great state including our children and grandchildren," Estes said.

Estes said school finance and tax reform promises to be the paramount issues of the session, followed closely by the budget and funding for various state programs and institutions. He forecasts that reform of the Workers' Compensation System will generate high-profile debates along with challenges surrounding transportation, water, electrical industry, and telecommunications issues.

In addition to working on these issues, Estes said he will author legislation advancing the war on the methamphetamine epidemic, helping communities with military installations prepare for the next round of Base Realignment and Closure, and strengthening regulations to curb pollution of rivers.

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