Senator Bob Deuell
Texas Senate, District 2
P.O. Box 12068 Capitol Station, Austin, Texas 78711

October 24, 2006
CONTACT: Matt Wolff
(903) 450-9797

Deuell Announces Formation of Cultural Resources Caucus

GREENVILLE -- State Sen. Bob Deuell (R-Greenville) today announced the formation of the Cultural Resources Caucus of the Texas Legislature. The Caucus will serve to promote the many and varied cultural resources of Texas, including Texas music, arts, state parks, monuments and museums that are uniquely Texan.

Deuell, a member of the Texas Senate since 2003, said he has already talked to many of his colleagues in the House and Senate and they are eager to promote Texas.

"These cultural resources have proven to be significant drivers of economic development and tourism," Deuell said. "Additionally, they promote an environment which enriches the creativity and innovation necessary for Texas to stay at the forefront of the 21st century economy."

Deuell, a practicing family physician, has a long history of promoting the arts and music. Before attending medical school, Sen. Deuell was a professional drummer who played with notable acts such as Tina Turner and the Ink Spots. Since beginning his service in the Texas Senate, Deuell has hosted many Texas musicians at the Texas Capitol, passed a resolution honoring Bob Willsí 100th birthday, and played with western swing band Asleep at the Wheel at the 2005 inauguration of President George W. Bush.

The Caucus is currently signing up legislators to serve as members and hopes to begin formal meetings at the beginning of the 80th Legislative Session in January 2007. For his part, Deuell said he is eager to get started.

"Texas has such a rich cultural history," Deuell said. "We need to do all we can to promote it."