PRESS RELEASE
From the Office of State Senator Troy Fraser

For Immediate Release
January 21, 1999
Contact: William A. Scott - (512) 463-0124

FRASER NAMED CHAIRMAN OF TECHNOLOGY AND BUSINESS GROWTH
Senator Also to Serve on Finance, Economic Development, Electric Utility Restructuring and Veteran Affairs/Military Installations Committees

AUSTIN -- State Senator Troy Fraser was named to five key committees today, including chairman of the newly created Committee on Technology and Business Growth, and will also serve as a member the powerful budget-writing Finance Committee.

In addition, Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, will continue to serve as a member of the Special Committee on Electric Utility Restructuring, was named a member of Economic Development Committee and was reappointed to the Committee on Veteran Affairs/Military Installations, the latter of which was elevated to the status of a standing committee.

"I'm extremely grateful to Lieutenant Governor Perry for giving me every committee assignment I asked for," Fraser said. "Each and every one of these assignments will mean good things for Senate District 24. At the same time, I'll be directly involved in the policy debate on key statewide issues like electric restructuring and resolving the Y2K problem."

"I'm especially excited about my seat on the Finance Committee because I know I can do more for my district by having direct input into the appropriations process," Fraser said. "But I also look forward to rolling up my sleeves and going work as chairman of Technology and Business Growth because of the important role it will play on a number of key public policy issues."

Four other Senators were named to the Technology and Business Committee that Fraser will chair. They are Sens. Frank Madla, D-San Antonio; Mike Jackson, R-La Porte; John Carona, R-Dallas and John Whitmire, D-Houston.

Another crucial assignment for his district, Fraser said, was his reappointment to the Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee. Fort Hood, the nation's largest military installations and headquarters of the 4th Infantry Division and 1st Cavalry Division, and Dyess Air Force Base, home of the B-1 Bomber, are located in Senate District 24.

"It's very important for me to be able to represent the current and future interests of these two military installations, because they mean so much to the regional and state economies," Fraser said. "And it's equally important that we look after the needs of the thousands of retired military still living in the Central Texas and Abilene regions."

Senate District 24 comprises 21 counties, stretching from Bell County on the eastern border to Mitchell County, west of Abilene. Major population centers are the cities of Killeen, Temple, Brownwood, Sweetwater and Abilene.

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