Senator Glenn Hegar Appointed Chairman of Senate Committee on Nominations
In advance of Texas' 83rd Legislative Session, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst has completed the important task of appointing chairmen for each standing committee. State Senator Glenn Hegar was given the prestigious appointment of leading the Senate Committee on Nominations.
The Senate Committee on Nominations is charged by the Texas Constitution to consider and vote on those candidates presented to it by the Texas Governor. Every person appointed to a leadership position at a state agency must receive majority approval from first the Committee on Nominations, and second from the full Texas Senate.
In the upcoming session, Senator Hegar will Chair the Senate Committee on Nominations as it considers candidates nominated by the governor to fill vacancies in many of Texas' most important state agencies. The Committee will need to confirm newly installed Commissioner Michael Williams of the Texas Education Agency and Commissioner Kyle Janek of the Health and Human Services Commission--heads of agencies that deliver over $50 billion in services each year to Texas taxpayers. Other significant leadership positions to be considered include members of the State Board of Education, the Supreme Court, the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, the Public Utilities Commission, the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, as well all regents in our state universities and board members at our river authorities. This group is a sample of the over three hundred state boards and councils who have appointed members.
In total, the Committee will consider over 700 nominees during the upcoming session; that number includes the over 400 gubernatorial appointments to be made in session, as well as the over 300 appointees named since last session and still awaiting confirmation by the Committee and full Senate.
"Agencies must be responsible to those that fund their operations--the taxpayers of Texas--and it is through the confirmation process that the direction of agencies are created by establishing the leadership of those agencies," said Senator Hegar. "I take this responsibility seriously and will work diligently to ensure that those chosen by the governor to lead vital state agencies such as the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Lower Colorado River Authority, and the Texas Department of Transportation, is carefully considered by the Committee and Senate and that each nominee takes seriously the great trust the people of Texas place in them."
Senator Hegar served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives and now represents Senate District 18 in the Texas Senate. 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.