Players Assume Their Positions—Texas Senate Committees Named

The pace on the Senate side of the capitol rotunda will be picking up now that Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, the Senate’s presiding officer, has finished parceling out committee assignments. Two panels of great importance to Texas AFT members are the Senate Education Committee and the Senate Higher Education Committee. Here are Lt. Gov. Dewhurst’s appointees to each:

Senate Education Committee (nine members)

Florence Shapiro, Republican of Plano, chair
Dan Patrick, Republican of Houston, vice-chair
John Carona, Republican of Dallas
Wendy Davis, Democrat of Fort Worth
Mario Gallegos, Democrat of Houston
Steve Ogden, Republican of Bryan
Kel Seliger, Republican of Amarillo
Leticia Van de Putte, Democrat of San Antonio
Royce West, Democrat of Dallas

Senate Higher Education Committee (seven members)
Judith Zaffirini, Democrat of Laredo, chair
Brian Birdwell, Republican of Granbury, vice-chair
Robert Duncan, Republican of Lubbock
Joan Huffman, Republican of Houston
Kirk Watson, Democrat of Austin
Jeff Wentworth, Republican of San Antonio
Royce West, Democrat of Dallas