From the Office of State Senator Troy Fraser

For Immediate Release
January 11, 2001
Contact: William A. Scott - (512) 463-0124

Senate Committee on Vets and Military Restored; Fraser Named as Member

AUSTIN -- Senator Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, today was appointed to the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations after Lt. Governor Bill Ratliff reversed a previous decision to eliminate the committee.

Fraser said he was pleased that the new lieutenant governor reconsidered his decision and is appreciative of the appointment to the committee. Fraser's Senate district includes both Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene and Fort Hood in Killeen, as well as a heavy concentration of military veterans.

"I lobbied the lieutenant governor hard in favor of keeping this committee in place and it paid off," Fraser said. "The military and veterans communities are important to Texas, and this committee helps us address the issues vital to their future. This committee is the link between those communities and the Legislature."

Fraser has served on the committee since it was formed, first as a special committee in 1997, then as a regular standing committee in 1999.

Ratliff appointed Senator Carlos Truan, D-Corpus Christi, as chairman. Other members are Senators Eliot Shapleigh, D-El Paso, as vice chairman; Tom Haywood, R-Wichita Falls; and Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio.

"It is important that the veterans and military personnel of our state have a body that can devote is full attention to addressing their needs and concerns, and I believe that this committee will accomplish that task," Ratliff said in a letter to committee members.