PRESS RELEASE from the office of Senator Carlos Uresti

Date: January 13, 2007
Ryan Sullivan at 512-463-0119

Lt. Governor's Choices Leave Senate District 19 Well Represented

SAN ANTONIO -- Senator Carlos Uresti was pleased to receive the much anticipated announcement of Senate committee assignments by the Lt. Governor, David Dewhurst.

After only a week as a State Senator, Uresti will serve as the vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Administration, and as a member of the Committee on Health and Human Services, the Committee on Natural Resources, the Committee on International Relations and Trade, and the Subcommittee on Agricultural, Rural Affairs, and Coastal Resources.

"I view my assignment by the Lt. Governor to these five committees as a vote of confidence in me, and I thank him for it. I am especially happy to be serving on the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, where I can continue my work on child abuse and neglect prevention with leaders like Chairwoman Jane Nelson," Uresti said following the announcement.

"The Lt. Governor's committee assignments reflect the sort of bipartisanship and leadership he has become known for. Working together with the Lt. Governor, my fellow committee members, and the Senate as a whole, I am confident that we can lead this state to a new level, a level on which our children are healthy, educated and safe; our businesses are able to thrive and grow; our seniors have access to affordable healthcare; and our veterans and their families get the respect they earned and deserve," Uresti said.

"I am excited about getting to work on the issues that are important to my district and to Texas. I am proud to serve in the Senate, and proud to represent my constituents. Most of all, I am ready to keep fighting for those who can't fight for themselves," stated Uresti, recipient of five "Legislator of the Year" awards for his work on child abuse prevention.

Senator Uresti was elected to the Texas Senate in November 2006 during a special election and a general election held on the same voting day. He fulfilled the remainder of the term for the vacant seat of Senate District 19 from November 2006 until he was sworn into his first full term when the Senate convened on January 9, 2007.

A former United States Marine and the father of an active duty Marine, Uresti is a strong advocate and leader for veterans, senior citizens, and children. His legislative initiatives include APS/CPS reform; economic development initiatives that helped bring Toyota to the Southside of San Antonio; and sponsorship of legislation leading to the creation of the Texas A&M University campus slated for south San Antonio. Uresti also formed the Bexar County Veterans Coalition, as well as the Blue Ribbon Task Force for child abuse and neglect prevention. He is an energetic supporter of numerous charitable efforts, including Any Baby Can, TexProtects, and Communities in Schools.