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

For Immediate Release
August 5, 2003
Contact: Lewis Simmons
Phone: (940) 689-0191

Estes Is Serving on Southern States' Agriculture Committee

AUSTIN -- State Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) will represent the Texas Senate as a member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference.

Estes was appointed to the committee by Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst. Estes is vice chairman of the Texas Legislature's Rural Caucus and serves on the Senate Natural Resources Committee, the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee, the Senate Business and Commerce Committee and the Senate International Trade and Relations Committee.

"I am pleased to appoint you to the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference. I greatly appreciate your commitment to the state and the leadership you offer to the SLC," Dewhurst told Estes upon announcing the appointment.

The SLC which serves 16 southern states will hold its annual meeting Saturday through Tuesday, Aug. 9-12, in Fort Worth. Estes' participation will include meetings Sunday and Monday of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, the oldest of the SLC's standing committees which focuses on issues critical to the future of farming and farm communities.

"The committee has a long history of tackling important regional and national issues," Estes said, "and I am proud to be a voice for North Texas and the entire Lone Star State as we confront the challenges faced by agriculture. The status and future of rural communities is a major topic of the committee's work this year, and I'm excited to be a part of this committee's focus on the changing face of agriculture across America and conditions in the rural South."

Estes serves a large and diverse part of North Texas in the Texas Senate with an 18-county district that 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.

"Agriculture is very important to Senate District 30, so I am especially pleased to earn this appointment to pursue this work. I appreciate the confidence placed in me by the people of this district and Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst," Estes said.