Estes to Chair Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security Committee
Austin - State Senator Craig Estes (R - Wichita Falls) was today named as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security by Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst for the upcoming 83rd Legislative Session.
Governor Dewhurst said, "This new responsibility will complement Senator Estes' personal priorities and military presence in his District."
The Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security Committee will maintain the focus it has had since Senator Estes' original chairmanship appointment in 2009 with an expanded emphasis on immigration and border security.
With this announcement, the Lieutenant Governor has signaled he is committed to continue our efforts in addressing illegal immigration and border security. These issues will be a priority during the upcoming legislative session.
"I am honored by Governor Dewhurst's appointment and the expanded responsibility I will be trusted with during this difficult session," Estes said. "Since the federal government has failed in its responsibility to secure our border and address the illegal immigration crisis, Texas must step in and correct the problem. We cannot have homeland security until we have true border security, and I look forward to working closely with Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst and my fellow Texas Senators to solve this problem."
To view Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst's announcement, go to http://www.ltgov.state.tx.us/prview.php?id=389.
Senator Estes represents Senate District 30 covering Archer, Baylor, Clay, Collin (part), Cooke, Denton (part), Grayson, Jack, Montague, Parker, Palo Pinto, Shackelford, Stephens, Throckmorton, Wichita, Wilbarger, Wise, and Young counties.