Senator Tommy Williams
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0104

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 18, 2003
Contact: Janet Stieben
(512) 463-0104, (281) 296-0023

SENATOR WILLIAMS OPENS BEAUMONT OFFICE

Staff to Serve Three County Region

AUSTIN - Senator Tommy Williams recently opened his Senate District 4 office which will serve Chambers, Jefferson and Orange Counties. The office is located at 2825 IH-10 East in Beaumont, Texas..

"With the recent opening and staffing of our capitol office, our Beaumont office is now ready to go online. The Beaumont office is staffed with very capable people who bring great experience to our entire Senate District 4 staff and I'm honored to have them on our team, said Williams.

Rita Ashley is joining the staff as Regional Coordinator and will serve as Senator Williams' representative in the three county region and coordinate casework and area activities. Ms. Ashley has been involved in small business, community and educational activities, and most recently served as the executive director for the Southeast Texas Family Resource Center.

Dade Phelan, who is serving as a Legislative Aide in the Senator's capitol office, will join the Beaumont office after the legislative session. Phelan assisted Williams in his recent campaign for the Texas Senate, and served in previous assignments with the Texas District Attorney's Association, Congressman Dick Armey, and the Texas House of Representatives.

Serving in the Texas House of Representatives since 1997, Senator Williams was elected to the Texas Senate last November. District 4 includes Chambers, Liberty, Orange and parts of Harris, Jefferson and Montgomery counties. Senator Williams serves on the Senate Finance Committee, Business and Commerce Committee, Education Committee and Vice-Chair of Criminal Justice Committee.

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