Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Craig Estes, District 30

For Immediate Release
February 11, 2003
Contact: Lewis Simmons
Phone: (512) 463-0130

Estes Named Vice Chairman of Rural Caucus

AUSTIN--State Senator Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, was named vice chairman of the Rural Caucus of the 78th Texas Legislature.

The appointment was announced today during a meeting of the Rural Caucus by the organization's chairman, State Rep. Robby Cook, D-Eagle Lake.

"Senator Estes has been a leader in rural issues and has worked on various issues important to his district and rural Texas. His expertise will provide an important voice in developing and shaping policy in an effort to address long-standing rural issues in our state," Cook said.

"Senator Estes is a dedicated public servant, and he will continue working hard to represent all of his constituents including the people of rural Texas," said State Rep. Rick Hardcastle, R-Vernon, chairman of the House Agriculture and Livestock Committee.

More than 80 members of the Texas Senate and House are members of the Rural Caucus in addition to Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs.

"I am honored to accept this leadership role," Estes said. "This is an opportunity for me to help rural Texas and many communities in Senate District 30. The survival of rural Texas is essential to our district and to the future of the entire state."

The Rural Caucus exists as an informational resource for members of the Texas Legislature. Throughout the legislative session, weekly meetings are held on various topics with particular attention to the impact on rural Texas. Work sessions also are held to help educate legislators on topics ranging from school finance and budget issues to transportation, insurance, economic development, water, and health care.

"The Rural Caucus provides an important source of information and analysis for helping legislators examine pending legislation that affects our rural constituents," Estes said.

In addition to serving as vice chairman of the Rural Caucus, Estes is vice chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Military Installations Committee and serves as a member of the Senate Natural Resources Committee, the Senate Business and Commerce Committee, the Senate International Relations and Trade Committee, and the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee.

He represents Senate District 30 which includes Archer, Baylor, Clay, Cooke, Grayson, Jack, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Shackelford, Stephens, Throckmorton, Wichita, Wilbarger, Wise, and Young counties and parts of Collin and Denton counties.

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