from the Office of State Senator Craig Estes, District 30

For Immediate Release
January 30, 2007
Contact: Jody Withers
(512) 463-0130

Senator Craig Estes retains key committee assignments important to SD 30

Austin - Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) will maintain his key leadership and influential positions on several committees for the 80th Legislature, including Natural Resources, Business and Commerce, and Veterans Affairs and Military Installations.

"Senate District 30 is a microcosm of Texas covering more than 15,000 square miles, 18 counties, and 700,000 constituents from the wide open rural spaces to the suburban communities. These committees give me the unique opportunity to address issues as diverse as my district and the people I serve," said Estes.

Senator Estes retains his chairmanship of the Subcommittee for Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Coastal Issues, and his vice-chairmanship of the Natural Resources Committee.

"Natural resources are the life blood of Texas from oil and gas to wind and water and will continue to be the bedrock of our economy and our way of life," added Estes. "These two committees give me an opportunity to work for the conservation of our natural resources including funding for our state parks, the diversification of our energy needs with a commitment to renewable energy, and the preservation of our agricultural economy."

Senator Estes also was reappointed to the Business and Commerce Committee, the Subcommittee on Emerging Technologies and Economic Development, and the International Trade and Relations Committee.

"Job creation and economic progress are fueled by our business climate that encourages entrepreneurs to stake their claim in Texas," continued Estes. "Committees overseeing business, commerce, and trade are important to promoting economic growth."

Senator Estes also retained his position on the Committee for Veterans Affairs and Military Installations, and the Subcommittee for Base Realignment and Closure.

"I am honored to continue to further the interests of our veterans and to look out for our military installations. Texas has a proud military history from the men the women who have worn the uniform to the military installations and units that call Texas home," said Estes.

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