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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Appoints 2 New Members to the Senate Committee on State Affairs

AUSTIN – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced the appointments of Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, and Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, to the Senate Committee on State Affairs. They replace departing Sens. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, who announced her retirement, and Beverly Powell, D-Burleson, who suspended her re-election campaign. These changes are effective immediately. Upon making the… Read more »

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Releases 2022 Interim Charges to the Texas Senate

AUSTIN – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has asked committees of the Texas Senate to study 84 charges during the interim before the 88th Legislative Session. Lt. Gov. Patrick made the following statement upon issuing the interim charges: “The interim charges I released today reflect my priorities, the priorities Texans shared with me as I traveled… Read more »

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick: Statement on the Death of Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Almendarez

HOUSTON – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following news that off-duty Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Almendarez was shot and killed: “Last evening, Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Almendarez, a 23-year veteran of HCSO, was shot and killed while trying to prevent thieves from stealing his catalytic converter. This horrific tragedy is… Read more »

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Fills Committee Vacancies Left By Retiring Senators

AUSTIN – Today, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced the following interim appointments: Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Tyler, to the Senate Committee on Finance in place of Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood. Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, as Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance in place of Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville. Sen. Nathan Johnson, D-Dallas,… Read more »

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Names Sen. Brandon Creighton Chair of Both Senate Committee on Education and Senate Committee on Higher Education

“We need to align our education policies from K-12 through higher education and workforce development.” HOUSTON – During the 88th Legislative Session, Lt. Gov. Patrick plans to make the Senate Committee on Higher Education a sub-committee of the Senate Committee on Education. Therefore, effective immediately, Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, will serve as Chair of the… Read more »

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick: Statement on Andrews Bus Crash

AUSTIN – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following news of a fatal bus crash outside Andrews, Texas: “Please join Jan and me in prayer for the all of the victims of last night’s horrific bus crash involving the University of the Southwest men’s and women’s golf teams outside Andrews, Texas. Our hearts… Read more »

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Announces Special Committee on Child Protective Services

“If DFPS cannot protect vulnerable children, we need to clean house, top to bottom.” AUSTIN – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today after establishing the Senate Special Committee on Child Protective Services. The committee will be chaired by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham: “Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. However, if the charges of… Read more »