AUSTIN – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the news that Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, will retire at the end of his current term:
“Since he was sworn into the Texas Senate in 2013, Sen. Larry Taylor has worked tirelessly to improve our state.
“As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, Sen. Taylor played a transformative role in improving public education in Texas for generations to come. Sen. Taylor carried House Bill 3, which changed the way we fund our schools and provided significant school property tax relief, and after the Santa Fe High School shooting, Sen. Taylor carried Senate Bill 11, which changed the way Texas schools work to prevent shootings and keep students safe.
“He also will be remembered for his tireless fight to begin the building of the coastal barrier to protect our coast and the great city of Galveston.
“I have appreciated Sen. Taylor’s dedication to crafting quality public policy and his measured approach to legislating. I consider Sen. Taylor a friend, and I wish him all the best in his future endeavors. He will be dearly missed by his colleagues and friends in the Texas Senate.”